sooner evening (wintertime), time for candles and cauliflower soup….

It’s always strange how quick it goes, the night comes earlier, it get earlier dark. It has some nice moments, but a human need light, especially me…
When it’s dark, it’s time to go home, play some games, eating hot soup, reading good books, watching some nice films and especially the candles are making the mood when you close the curtains.
It’s time to lock you up, to prepare for the winter-time to eat some more greasy food for the cold weather.
Time for thinking time for being a little depressed, but then when the spring is coming you are more happy then ever!! You smile more, you can rule the world, you get in love again, the smell of the nice flowers, the sun…yes the sun I like the most!!
Anyway it will take 5 months till the spring will come, so again I made some soup, this time from cauliflower, this soup is creamy and thick, good for the winter to get your stomach filled till you will explode….and to need some rest after the meal because it has to fall down in your body. Good luck with making the soup…download some nice film (did I say download ;0) for the after dinner-dip.

The ingredients for the cauliflower soup (4-6 persons)

900 gram of cauliflower, cut in little roses
2 big potatoes (like 350 gram) cut in slices
1,5 litre vegetable bouillon
1 spring onion for garnish
16 whole almonds, you will grind it your own
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
some 4 seasoning pepper
Maybe if you have in the house (tofutti garlic and herb, of herb and chive) as a experiment

The kitchen tools
a cooking pan for the soup
a food processor
a baking pan
a whisker

Making the white creamy soup
It’s easy, wash all the vegetables, after get the cooking pan, pour in the bouillon, the cauliflower and potatoes.
Bring it to a boil and boil for 10 till 15 minutes, it’s ready when the cauliflower and potatoes are soft.
Put the c-flower and potatoes in the food processor,  grind till it’s smooth. Put back in the cooking pan, now you stir in the parsley, lemon juice and nutmeg! Put on a low fire, let not cook….Now you can roast the almonds in the frying pan, no oil only the pan fire and almonds (if you don’t have a mortar at home you can put the almonds in a plastic bag and hit them with a hammer in little pieces)
Bake the almonds till they are brown, beware suddenly it goes quickly and if you don’t watch them very well, they will get black and disgusting!
So if you have you can put in the tofutti, I didn’t try but I think it will make the soup delicious, just put in as much as you like. Anyway after this you put the soup in bowls, put on top of the soup the spring onion, cut in slices and the almonds. Sit comfortable and take care of the film after 😉
Maybe if you like you can bake some mushrooms and you can use this as garnish too, just experiment with the soup!!

Have a nice meal

bell peppers……

long time I didn’t write, I was soooo busy, we were out of dinner and to a nice theatre play, in Amsterdam-North there used to be a little village calls Asterdorp (that’s were the play was about with some old Dutch songs). This village was meant to be for asocial persons to live there and to be fed up again (to be clean and very well social people), they had one big entrée and in the night the entrée was closed. So strange I can’t imagine this happened.
The day after my niece and nephew came to sleep in Amsterdam by their uncle and aunt ;), funny their first time, they are 7 and 10 years old, we had fun at the nemo (www.e-nemo.nl/). This is a science centre. Really nice for children and adults to do some experiments, we wanted to go after to the rainbow warrior festival, but they were so tired we went straight to home!

We had some dinner and after we saw pirates of the Caribbean part 4 or something, I even didn’t see part one. It was a funny film but really not one of my kind!
Anyway Sunday they left and Monday we had to sleep very long we were so tired of the weekend, Tuesday also and now it’s Wednesday and I had time to make a proper dinner and a dinner I wanted to share.
I looked in the fridge and I saw bell peppers, broccoli and a leek. What to do? A soup is the easiest way of making diner with totally different vegetables. So this was my mission, make a nice bell pepper soup. I think I almost accomplished my mission!
Here are the ingredients ——->

the ingredients of the bell pepper soup

3 bell peppers ( coloured red, orange or yellow, because they are the sweetest) cut in 2 halves and unseeded
1 leek
280 gram broccoli
1,5 vegetables bouillon
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
some oil

The kitchen tools
a food processor
a wok
a cooking pan for 2 litres
an oven
some bowls

How to begin

You cut the bell peppers in half and unseeded them, put them in the oven for 20 minutes to get a darker peel! Put the oven on 200 degrees Celsius
In a meanwhile get the cooking pan, wash the broccoli and cut it in little pieces, you can use the stamp also! The stamp you must peel and then cut in slices…
Put them in the bouillon and bring it to a boil, boil this for 10 minutes till the broccoli is soft.
Now you are ready to cut the leek in slices! Get the wok, put some oil in and let the oil get warm, put in the leek and bake for a short time till the leek is glassy! Set aside…..
I think the bell peppers are ready now get them out of the oven, put them i9n the food processor together with the broccoli (don’t put the bouillon in maybe la little bouillon to get a smoother substance)
Is it a smooth liquid put them in the cooking pan together with the leek, stir till it’s mixed well. Now pour in the raspberry vinegar and the chilli powder! The soup is finished did you now it was so easy……?

Anyway nice to serve with some bread with herb-butter..you can find in some earlier blog of me, anyway I put it underneath this page!!

Have a nice meal…………

Oh yes and of course you want the recipe of the home-made herb-butter, here are the ingredients just put them all together in the mixing machine. Just taste if you like the taste and be a little creative (maybe some cayenne pepper)


The ingredients of the herb-butter

2 cloves of garlic
150 gram vegan butter
1/2 cup fresh parsley  or some dried
4 teaspoons garlic/pepper spice
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons of basil
2 teaspoons of dill
some juice of a lemon