Wednesday, April 23, 2008

artichoke season! time for soup


artichoke season!, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

at last!
a source of jerusalem artichokes in the neighbourhood (they were on the exotic veg rack in safeway and they are called sunchokes)
so artichoke soup - here we come!

please note, i don't do quantities in my recipes - i just use up whatever is around.

ingredients are sunchokes, a potato or two and a medium onion plus seasoning, olive oil, butter and stock

- chop the veg into half inch dice chopped and ready to go

- meanwhile, melt a good knob of butter in a generous quantity of olive oil about this much olive oil and butter

- add the diced veg and stir to coat (i usually add parsely or mixed herbs here too)
- sweat over a low heat for about 15 minutes until soft
- add a couple of pints of chicken or vegetable stock. season and - gently simmer for 20 minutes until veg are ready to puree
- puree in liquidiser or by pushing thru a metal sieve

heat, serve and enjoy!
bon appetit

the resulting soup is a gorgeous smooth creamy pale green which does not photograph well! best served with cream or plain yogurt.
freezes well

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