Community, Food

Broccoli and Spinach soup

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I blogged earlier about the benefits of magnesium rich foods, and broccoli and spinach are great sources of magnesium. Broccoli soup is an easy and delicious way to eat much more broccoli than one can eat as a humble steamed vegetable.

Broccoli Soup

  • 500 g broccoli (diced stalks and sprigs)
  • Several large spinach leaves, chopped roughly (or silverbeet or rainbow chard)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Several celery stalks,sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream, (if you want cream of broccoli soup)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • Lemon slices  as garnish
  1. Saute the onion and celery in a pan til the onion turns transparent.
  2. Wash broccoli and cut into sprigs and add broccoli, chopped Spinach, chicken stock and onion/ celery mix to a large saucepan.
  3. Bring  to boil and simmer for 10- 15 minutes til broccoli is soft.

Then either A or B below:

A.  If wanting to make cream of broccoli soup, process using hand blender or vitamizer-blender till smooth. Add cream and return to saucepan heating through whilst adding seasoning and lemon juice. Garnish and serve

B. Gently blend or stir til broccoli breaks up into small sprigs. Add seasonings and lemon juice. Garnish and serve.

A nice accompaniment to Broccoli and Spinach soup would be almond or walnut bread.

Delicious to ponder about, even better to taste.

Food

Lemon and Ricotta Ring Cake

There are many Italian cake recipes but this one has to be one of my favorites….

It is delicious, quick, easy and with the exception of ricotta cheese, you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.

Thanks to Sophie Calloca for the recipe. It is brilliant.

Lemon Ricotta RingIMG_20150215_161353 (Small)

3 eggs

200 g caster sugar

4 tablespoons extra virgin Olive Oil

170 g Full fat Ricotta Cheese

1 Lemon Zest and juice

1 teaspoon  Vanilla essence (optional)

70 g Ground Almond

200 g Self Raising Flour

Preheat Oven 170 degrees Celsius

Grease and line a Ring or Bundt tin

Method:

Combine eggs and sugar and whisk for 2-3 minutes

Add the Oil and Ricotta cheese (It must be full fat cheese, not the low fat option!- Sorry) and mix well.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined

Place in tin and cook for 35- 40 minutes till a skewer placed near the center comes out clean of mixture.

Cool in tin for 10 minutes

Dust with cinnamon sugar and Icing sugar and serve!

Something delicious to Ponder About!