Saturday, November 24, 2007
Broccoli Soup and shopping with my Daughter
Last week DD and I went out for a few hours and shopped, just the two of us. While we were out we went to Panera Bread for Lunch. I explained what was on the menu and encouraged her to get the broccoli cheddar soup. refusing to listen she insisted that she get a salad with tomatoes, she was thinking that they were going to be cherry tomatoes which she loves. I let her place her order and I ordered myself the broccoli soup and a sandwich knowing that she was going to end up eating that soup the moment she sees it. As soon as I sat at the table with the soup she was eyeing it asking "what is that" while she it moving her eyebrows up and down. I told her what it was and she immediately stole the soup from me a polished it off with mumbles of yumm, mmmmm, this is so so good.
Today DD and I went grocery shopping just the two of us, again. We first went to Costco and as we walked in she ran straight to the $250+ handbags (I am thinking that figures, she has to go the the most expensive frivolous item here) so I finally coax her away from the handbags and the very next thing that catches her eye are the diamonds (ok, whose kid is this anyway, I am a country farm girl and here he is looking and $200 purses and $20,000 rings)
Back to the soup...because we were shopping DD wanted to have that soup again so I explained to her that we will be home by lunch time so we could make it with the leftover Thanksgiving broccoli. She was admit that it must be the same so I asked what she though was in the soup. after thinking for a few seconds she said broccoli, cheese, and cream. Alrighty then, we have a start, I ask what do we put in soup when we make soup at home. Another few seconds and she comes back with onion, garlic, and broth. She knows how to make soup, we went home and I chopped the onions she added them in with some olive oil, I minced the garlic and she added it. I also added some leftover potatoes; however, I have to prove to her that there would not be any potato chunks after we blend it in the blender. when we served up her soup it was great, better then the stuff we had last week. Thank you girly girl.This is what we did:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chipped
2 gloves garlic, minced
the stalk the a bunch of broccoli, minced
2 medium boiled potatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup cream
2 cups steamed broccoli, chopped
5 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chipped
salt and pepper
in a large pot add in the Olive oil and onion, saute for a few minutes. Add the garlic, potato and broccoli stems, cook a few more minutes. add in the butter and flour and cook for 1 minute and add about 1/2 cup of the stock and cook until it starts to thicken. Blend in blender until smooth, add more stock if too thick.
Return the blended mixture the pot and add in the rest or the stock and heat to boiling. add in the rest of the ingredients, heat through, it should be nice and thick. Serve.
DD did all but the chopping and pouring in and out of the blender, including shredding the cheese.