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potato-cauliflower-soup recipe

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 15:26:56 -0700
 From: Gloriamarie Amalfitano (gma@adnc.com)
 Potato Cauliflower Soup
 4 or 5 onions, or to taste
 1 T dried dill weed
 2 t dried thyme
 1 med head cauliflower, chopped (see note below for variation)
 6 C veggie stock or water.  can use vegetarian chicken-flavored stock or part white wine
 about 4 medium potates (if I can get them organically grown I don't peel
 them, otherwise, it's your choice whether to peel or not)
 4 bay leaves
 pepper to taste
 1 T tamari
 fresh minced parsley
 1 non fat milk or whatever you may choose to substitute, such as non fat
 evaporated milk
 4 T flour
 Dump all ingredients except bay leaves, pepper and tamari into soup pot and
 cook till everything is tender, about 30 minutes.  Puree half the soup in a
 blender or whatever and dump back into pot, adding the bay leaves, pepper
 and tamari and cook a few more minutes.  Add parsley and serve.
 Optional step: mix milk with flour and smooth out any lumps.  Turn off the
 heat and and add to soup along with the parsley.  Check seasonings.  Thin
 with water, milk if you want.
 #1: something I often do to substitute for cream or milk in soup is to
 double or triple the amount of veggies I am going to puree and use that.
 It adds flavor but may need to thin it out with your choice of liquid.  For
 this soup, I would steam an extra head of cauliflower, puree it and add it
 instead of the cream.
 #2: I have heard of people using pureed soft tofu as a substitute for cream
 in a soup
 #3:  I am extremely fond of using nonfat plain yoghurt instead of cream or
 milk, particularly to serve cold on a hot summer day.  It is important not
 to dump cold yoghurt into hot soup.  Must gently warm the yoghurt.  I have
 it at room temp and then I mix about 1 C of soup gradually into the
 yoghurt, then I dump it in.
 Potato Mushroom Soup:
 Same as above but I use about 5 cups sliced mushrooms and 1 1/2 C celery
 instead of the cauliflower.  I add the mushrooms after I have finished the
 puree step.  I like the look of bits of mushrooms in the soup.
 To substitute for cream or milk in this soup, extra potatoes is how I've
 done it.
 Potato Leek Soup
 Instead of onions & cauliflower, 3 large leeks (WASH very carefully and
 don't use the tough bit at the top).  and 1 cup or so of chopped celery.
 any sort of potato soup is delicious chilled.  And almost any combo of
 veggies work.
 kwlacto lacto