So we are experimenting with having our oldest son cook once a week. He decide to start with soup (a very forgiving medium!) and choose Lentil Barley. To round out the meal he will make Ceasar Salad and serve warm Ciabatta.
I did the shopping this morning, and closely supervised the chopping. But I am letting him take the lead (although tentatively) and we will see what happens! Dinner will be served tonight by a 12 year old! Fantastic!
I have several cookbooks that go in and out of rotation. Recently I pulled one out that I have not used in a while and found this recipe for Broccoli Soup. If you hadn’t noticed yet, I really like soup (and so do my kids!). This one is really easy and I got my son involved to make awesome croutons (they like to call them Kryptons after watching Superman!).
Broccoli and Garlic Soup
(from Perla Meyers’ Spur of the Moment Cook)
12 large cloves of garlic, double poached (see below)
1 1/2 pounds broccoli
4 Tbs butter
1 large onion, finely minced
2 Tbs flour
5 cups stock or bullion (I used a veggie bullion cube)
1/3 cup cream (optional)
Garlic Kyrptons (croutons, recipe below)
1. To double poach garlic: Peel cloves and place in a small sauce pan with water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook one minute. Drain and discard water. Return garlic to saucepan with fresh water and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
2. Chop broccoli. Peel stems and chop them as well. (Meyers suggested reserving some for a more chunky soup, I cooked mine all together for a smoother soup). Melt butter in a large pot. Add onions and cook until soft. Add flour and stir for one minute. Add broth/bullion and stir well. Add diced broccoli and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Add poached garlic and salt and pepper. Puree soup with an immersion blender (Meyers suggested straining soup and pureeing in the food processor, I choose to use the immersion blender for less mess). Add optional cream (I used less than 1/3 cup and it still was nice and creamy). Serve with Kryptons.
6-8 slices of French Bread
1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
1-2 Tbs olive oil
Cut bread into cubes. heat olive oil in a small pan and add garlic. Stir briefly then add bread. Stir over med high heat until bread and garlic are golden brown. (my son made these to perfection, they are so yummy!)