Monday, 21 September 2015

Broccoli, beetroot and potatoes soup

My very first recipe in English prepared especially for a dear friend of mine, Martine.
She was ill and I knew she needed to eat, but she didn't want to or didn't feel like it.
You know that feeling when you just want to lay on the bed, in pain, exhausted and scared.
I insisted on coming and visiting.
As a good cook, I believe a soup does wonders for a person in those conditions.
------- In Romania, we are convinced that chicken soup brings people back from the dead. :d -------
As I said, I went to visit with a bag fool of various legumes and vegetables (pork too) and I said I will cook a soup. My recipe, nothing like English soups (which I like very much, by the way).
With a very low voice, trying not to hurt my feelings, she said:
--- Cristina, I don't really feel like eating meat right now.
"Ok, I understand, went." downstairs and started to chop, dice and mince some of the goodies I brought with me.
In a few minutes, the house was inundated by a delicious smell.
She came down to see what was going on in there.
We prepared the table, fresh seeds bread, butter, cutlery, then I brought the soup.
She loved the look of it, instantly brought her back in time, when she was a child in France. Sweet memories.

When she tasted it was enchanted by the myriads of flavours in one bowl.
She's asked for a second one and I was delighted because there was meat in it.
And you have to know, I am not fond of meat. Not at all, but, sometimes, our bodies will benefit from it.
This recipe is perfect when you have a cold/flu, or you are ill. It's also indicated when you are on a diet.
Gluten free and absolutely delicious. You need to try it. You will love it. I promise.
Drop me a line if you need any help or have questions.

Degree of difficulty: low-medium (depending on your skills)
Preparation time: 25-30 minutes 
Servings: 4-6-8


Ingredients
  1. 3 potatoes
  2. 1 yellow onion
  3. 1 carrot
  4. 1 green (or red, yellow) pepper, etc.
  5. 200 g pork
  6. 100 g broccoli
  7. 100g green beans
  8. 1 small beetroot (50 g approximately, or 100, how much you want/desire)

  9. 2 tablespoons oil (olive oil is my favourite)
  10. 200ml tomato juice
  11. 5 cups (200 ml one = 1 l) of water - depending on how liquid (thick) you want to have it
  12. fresh parsley, just a few leaves, to ornate and give more colours and flavour to your soup
  13. 1 teaspoon salt (depending on your taste)
  14. Optional: 1 teaspoon paprika (chilli)

Method of preparation
  • Prepare a pot or saucepan of the size you desire/have, add the oil, slow cook
  • Mince the onion and put it in the pot, leave it for 2 minutes, very slow cook
  • Wash and clean the carrots, use a greater or cut it into small cubes (3 ml, less than 1 cm)
  • Dice the pepper, add them (the carrots too) over the onion to cook, weak fire
  • Wash the meat and chop it into 2-3 cm cubes. Put it in the saucepan over all the vegetables (onion, peppers and carrots). Leave 5 minutes at medium heat, stirring from time to time
  • Wash the potatoes, chop them (1 cm diameter or as you wish)
  • Wash the beans, cut them into pieces, idem with the beetroot
  • Pour water, add the diced potatoes and beetroot. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Add then the beans and broccoli (cut into pieces), stir and let it simmering (on slow fire with the lid on) for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Put salt and tomato juice - leave 2-3 minutes, then the minced parsley, check the taste (add more salt and paprika if you desire). Ready.
  • Serve it hot with toasts or fresh garlic bread. It's absolutely delicious.


Mentions

Every ingredient could be replaced with whatever you like. This statement is valid for any of my recipes unless stated otherwise.
For a vegan, vegetarian version, just eliminate the meat/pork. The taste will change, for sure, but it will still be delicious. I have tried and I was delighted. 


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4 comments:

  1. I would like to confirm this recipe was absolutely delicious and the warm smell wrapped my little kitchen with a comforting environment.

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    1. Thanks Martine. I am so happy you've liked it. I love your table cloth (I have no idea what are "those musical things" called. Something with American cloth maybe?)

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  2. This looks amazing! I need to try it, seems quite simple. Thanks.

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    1. Oh, it is simple indeed and very tasty. You'll definitely like it, if you like soups. Thank you. PS. Sorry for the late reply, I missed it.

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