Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Cauliflower Soup

_DSC2602Around the same time that I came down with a cold, snow started falling last Thursday. It was perfect set-up to lounge around in pajamas and watch the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics, right? However our Optical Network Terminal shutdown, and as a result, our home phone, internet and television were dead, I just stare at the black television in astonishment, dang it! I suppose I could finish reading Catching Fire…nah – I didn’t want to do anything that requires thinking. _DSC2553

Luckily, my husband stayed home last Friday because of weather and fixed me a cauliflower soup with a recipe clipped from the newspaper and carrot bread of Five Euro Food. Although not roasting the cauliflower, so the flavor lacked some depth, it was a quick remedy and full of tenderness to heal my cold also cabin fever.

Ingredients and Instruction for 4 servings (Print recipe here)_DSC2574

Equipment – soup pot with lid, blender or hand-held immersion blender

  • 4 leeks, trimmed and finely chopped (white part only)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2  head cauliflower, finely chopped 2 to 3 cups
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock for vegetarian version_DSC2579
  • 1 and 1/4 cup non fat milk heated Note;you may use unsweetened soy milk if you prefer.
  • 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios or 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh chives for garnish
  1. Put leeks, onion,cauliflower and bay leaves in the medium size soup pot.
  2. Add chicken broth or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, covered and cook until the cauliflower is tender about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove and discard bay leaves. Add the hot milk, salt and pepper._DSC2583
  4. Carefully transfer soup to a blender and puree until smooth or use a hand blender and puree the soup right in the pot (see below pic)._DSC2585
  5. Serve hot with a chopped chives or pistachios._DSC2592_DSC2631
    I prefer to eat this carrot bread warm. Stick it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

I felt better enough to go outside on Saturday and made (tried) a Snow Totoro. Oh! It’s a cat isn’t it? said my neighbor. Ah, right, absolutely…it’s a…it’s a fat one! Ha ha ha.. I should go inside now to stare at the still black television.IMG_0964

My neighbor made cool Wicked Snow Witch. Snow transformed us into kids._DSC2645

I hear the joyful glee of (real) kids sledding on the slope just around the corner. I would love to join them if I hadn’t already sold my sleds at a garage sale last summer.IMG_0959

We were told by the dispatcher on Monday, ‘Cable technician may come by Wednesday but more than likely on Friday’ What!? I started to cry. My husband went out bought few electrical equipment to finally fix the ONT, whew! The money was well spent! With a cup of hot chocolate, I slouched down on the sofa and enjoyed watching the Olympics….with the still warm lemon cake my neighbor rushed to bring us in the heavy snow…so good!_DSC2544

For returning the favor, I made this strawberry short cake for my husband, one for my neighbor in a heart shaped ceramic pan a Valentine’s Day gift from a friend a few years back.


Happy Valentine’s Day!








  1. What a delicious and healing soup. Your snowmen are so cute!:)

    1. Thank you so much. Your blog is gorgeous! And very educational.

  2. That cold virus was a blessing...it certainly brought lots of good fun:)
    Snow normally brings out our kid's personality...but this year was a change for us, we all became grumpy old folks...Thanks for reminding us of the great fun...we'll have to remedy that for the next winter snow... I guess!

  3. A delightful soup! I am a big fan of cauliflower.



    1. Thank you Rosa. My husband loves cauliflower also. He likes this soup more than I.

  4. I see no other dish more appropriate for such a weather! This soup is perfect!

    1. I appreciate your kind comment. Your Greek style chicken sounds so good.

  5. お隣さん(ご近所さん)とのお付き合いがあっていいですね!うちもそれなりにありますが、誰もケーキを焼いてくれないなぁ(笑)。自分が焼かないもんだから、やっぱりお隣さんはベイカーがいると嬉しいかも。へへへ。カリフラワースープやってみます。リーク大好きだし、これははまりそう!雪、いいですね・・・・。うちらは雪山まで行かないと雪で遊べないし。でも年取って寒がりになったので、雪降ったら困るかも。ケーキもおいしそうだし。楽しいポストでした。あ!そうそう、ケーブルにインターネット、ないと生活できないですよね。私インターネットなかったら、クレイジーになりそう。テレビはもう観る時間なくてみてないのですが。

    1. そうなの大変だったのよ。なかなか修理に来てくれなくて、もうほんと泣くかと思ったわ。 このスープ、味がそれとなくポテトスープに似てます。私はもっとお塩が効いてた方が良かったかも。 ご近所さんも引っ越ししたりと変わっていくのが寂しいです。 出来るだけお付き合いを心がけてはいます。 忙しい中、コメントありがとう。

  6. Without you I would never know cauliflower soup could look so beautiful and elegant! What a cute Totoro! (Actually it's a funny coincidence: I have been trying to watch simple Japanese films with English subtitles as a part of my Japanese language training, homework, etc. and have just started Totoro (I do it by small parts). It's not easy though...
    Have you ever seen My Neighbours Yamadas? I love this film! (Same director, but a completely different style, it's really funny and intelligent). I have already seen it twice... of course I do need subtitles but what a pleasant way to study Japanese ;-) .
    What a gorgeous strawberry cake! So cute!

    1. Thank you Sissi. No I have not seen the My neighbor Yamada yet. I'm going to look for it. I have same method to learn to speak foreign language like Korean - Watch Korean drama. So fun and addictive.

  7. Now that is sweet and love. Wonderful for your husband to make the cauliflower soup. It does look good, warm and comforting.
    I hope you are feeling better. The carrot cake looks real good too.
    Love the fun going on in your neighborhood. I would love to go sledding too!
    Though like you, I know longer have one.
    Nice of your neighbor to bring a cake.
    Such a lovely gift for your neighbor too. The cake looks beautiful.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Thank you Catherine. If we have an another snow storm here then I might buy nicer sled. It was fun to watch children sledding the hill. I'm wishing you have much warmer weather soon.

  8. Glad you enjoyed the carrot bread, and glad you're feeling better too! Did you try the bread toasted? It's really good that way - definitely recommend it!