Monday, April 18, 2011

Overcooked broccoli+onion+ginger+ Serrano pepper = Broccoli Soup

All those recipes that tell you to shock your vegetables in an ice water bath to stop cooking- they actually have a point. I thought," feh, who needs that extra step; it'll be fine."
 But the broccoli was not fine. It was perfect when I steamed it, but a little worse for wear by the time we sat down to dinner.
A wise friend once said, " If life knocks you over, roll over and look at the stars".
My translation, " if you overcook broccoli, cook it some more and turn it into soup"

3 medium heads of slightly overcooked broccoli
1/4 of a red onion
1 inch piece of ginger
1 Serrano pepper
6-8 stalks of cilantro
Water (enough to just cover the broccoli) a.k.a (i didn't measure it out)
2 tsp oil

  • Heat a stock pot. Add oil. When the oil is hot add the onion, ginger and  Serrano pepper. Cover with lid and lower flame. Let cook till the onion turns transparent (about 5 minutes). Remove lid and cook stirring every now and then until the onions start to brown.
  • Add the Broccoli and just enough water or stock to cover it.
  • Return to heat over medium high and cook until the water boils.
  • Season with salt  and cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Cool, then blend with the Cilantro.

Proceed to eat  the vibrant green soup feeling very victorious that you turned something that was eww a few minutes ago into something yum.

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