… this weekend was supposed to be the weekend that I finally got off my fat lazy arse and back into the swimming pool… but it gets so cold around 4pm and the thought of lowering myself into the local pool… which is essentially ‘old person soup’… and then doing 45 Min’s just sends shudders up my flabby spine.
… speaking of soup… I was being nagged by The Viking about making more things with celery… celery he rightly tells me, has all kinds of health benefits… the leaves contain high levels of Vitamin A whilst the stalks contain B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids… we’re talking cancer fighting stuff in here people!… also very good as an anti-inflammatory for things like arthritic joints and back pain… all very good…
… but it is quite a dull vegetable and as most of you will know the flavour can be on the silent side…
… then, may I refer you to our dear friend Heston who, in last weeks Weekend Times magazine, told us all to make more soup with our vegetables… it is essentially a bowl of goodness from the ground to the body…
… so for both The Viking and Mr Blumenthal I give you my celery and garlic soup…
… to ensure all those celery flavours are packed in I’ve included some leek and some garlic, both these vegetables seem to boost the flavour of the celery rather than smother it… which is what we want isn’t it?
… there’s no cream in this soup, this is all just natural loveliness…
1 large bunch of celery with the leaves if possible – finely chopped)
1 onion – finely chopped
1 medium leek – finely chopped
5 whole cloves of garlic
olive oil and a knob of butter
2 pints good veg stock
a handful of thyme
– so you need to get one of those big bunches of celery and don’t bother pulling each stalk off, just finely slice into the whole bunch from one end to the other, including the leaves.
– saute the onions celery and leek in the olive oil and butter until tender, throw the thyme in partway through
– throw in the whole peeled garlic cloves then place the lid on the pan and sweat the veg on a really low heat for a further 5-8 Min’s so that you sweat all that intense flavour out
– pour on the stock and simmer gently for 20 Min’s
– liquidize and serve
FYI… I did get to the swimming pool but when I got home The Viking had made scones…
they’re made with my traditional Delia recipe but instead of cutting them into rounds he simply slashed them into quarters… back to the pool for me…
…oh and don’t forget you have just over 24 hours to enter the random recipes challenge!
eat and of course, enjoy!
Hahaha! Ten more laps for you, Flipper! Soup looks awesome … with buttered croutons! Ooops! That's another lap, too!
My email with RR link got bounced back at me from your email …hmmm.
Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes says
Your soup looks delicious and would be perfect – as it's snowing again! So, did you have a scone???
Maybe if you did cannonballs into the pool it would be more fun! LOL!!!
Michael Toa says
The soup looks great and very healthy. Thank you for informing us with all the benefits of celery.
I wish I have someone to make me scones… 🙁
The soup looks great. And I'm sure you deserved a scone too after going swimming!
Sounds delicious! Have a nice Sunday evening!
Love celery soup, when I had a lovage plant I used to make celery and lovage soup. But, but, but – the scones – The Viking must have learnt to make them from my Grandma – she from Broughton near Brigg, my Mum makes them like that and so do I, we call them 'threshing scones' in our family – because when you're busy threshing, there's no time to cut them individually….great to see someone else doing them the good ol' Lincolnshire way…
o cozinheiro este algarve says
love all things celery-Deelishhhh!!!
Brownieville Girl says
Just the thought of going to the pool makes me shiver …. actually think I could have a sore throat coming on!!!!!!!!
Lovin the soup.
P.S. My RR is posted :-}}
From Beyond My Kitchen Window says
Celery soup sounds like it would have a delicate flavor. Although with the garlic I imagine it spiced it up quite a bit. It certainly looks good.
Magic Cochin says
The soup and scones look divine!
Slightly squiffily sending you huge hug for the scrumptious Builders Tea Cake recipe – 10 ramblers in a damp Essex field gave it a thumbs up today 🙂
May I share the recipe on our rambling group web site ?
I'm liking the 5 cloves of garlic in this.
It must be a day for making soup (I've been at it too)
Dom at Belleau Kitchen says
well thaks kids… was delicious… and I swam twice this weekend and made muffins… don't know what's wrong with me…
@ Magic Cochin… soooo glad it was a hit!… would be honoured for you to write it up… send me the link once it's done x
Old people soup!!! I am never going to my local council pool again! Lol
On the other hand though, celery soup is something I could well and truly manage.
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