Thursday, November 11, 2010

soup & soup

Well, we ended up not going to visit MIL yesterday. It seems she will be moved to a bigger hospital soon, so Satoshi thought we should wait until she has moved.

Apparently the hospital she is in now, does not have the proper facilities to treat her injuries.

Will keep you posted...

As you can see from my posts over the past couple of days, I've been playing around with my immersion blender/food processor.

One of the things I've made is soup.

Sometimes when we eat out they serve gobo (burdock) potage. Creamy and earthy.

Since I had gobo and satsumaimo (sweet potato) in my refridge, I thought it would be nice to try two different soups instead of just one.

I found a recipe online and split the liquid part of the soup between the two ingredients.

The results were delicious...sort of.

Here is the recipe I followed: from the internet
125 grams gobo (burdock), cleaned and cooked
125 grams satsumaimo (sweet potato), skinned, cleaned and cooked
1/2 onion, chopped
1 consomme cube
500 cc water (2.5 cups)
400 cc milk (2 cups)
20 grams butter (about 2 pats)
2 tablespoons flour

Prepare the gobo and satsumaimo--clean, cook and cut into small pieces, set aside.
Chop onion and heat in a pan with the butter, cook until translucent.
Add the flour and make a roux
Add the water, milk & consomme, cook until heated, do not boil.
Measure out 450 cc of this liquid and put into 2 separate pots.
Whizz with immersion blender until smooth.

NOTES: I steamed the sweet potato and boiled the gobo.

If you do try the gobo soup, I would definitely recommend straining it, it was really gritty. Though I guess you know you are getting all the fiber from it.

The sweet potato soup was on the sweet side but had a smoother texture than the gobo one.

I used skim milk, but you could also sub with soy milk or even cream.

When cooking the onions, you can also add some salt, but I didn't because I used salted butter.

I also ground some pepper on each cup and decorated with some flat leaf parsley.

Aside from the grittiness, these two soups were really nice and perfect for the nip in the air.

I will send these soups to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sundays.


Jude said...

I hope everything is OK with your MIL. These soups are just perfect for the colder days (why are soups so comforting in cold weather?) It's not as easy to find burdock for me, but I love sweet potato. Definitely bookmarking this one! :)

Franky said...

this post made me miss soup stock!!!

K and S said...

we do too Jude :) hope you like the sweet potato version!

Hope you get some soup soon Franky!

Take care you two.

rowena said...

Oh no! Your m-i-l has to be moved now? I hope things will smooth out for both her and you guys. And yes I noticed your frequent use of your new "toy". Isn't it one of the best things to have in the kitchen? No way that I'm gonna puree soups in the food processor - way too messy (no like wash xtra dishes).

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, I am hoping that once she moves her injuries will heal faster! Ooh, no more puree-ing in batches for me :)

Take care.

Anonymous said...

I hope your MIL feels better very soon. Love your dish. Looks delicious. ;-)


K and S said...

Thanks Paz :)

Take care.

Jenster said...

I wish your MIL a speedy recovery and some specialists who will know how to treat her condition!

An immersion blender was one of the first kitche appliances I ever owned (even before a regular blender!) and I still have my original one, still going after nearly 20 years. Like you, I use it to puree some ingredients in soups. My husband and kids make homemade jam and they use it to macerate the fruit while it's in a big bowl. The nice thing about the immersion blendor is that even small kids can use it (under adult supervision), of course.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I hope your MIL gets better soon. Both soups look delicious and perfect for fall. Thanks for sending them to Souper Sundays. ;-) Immersion blenders are the best!

K and S said...

Thanks Jenster & Debinhawaii, am wondering why I didn't get one of these sooner!!

Take care.

moshi mooch said...

Hi Kat,

I hope your MIL is feeling better. I haven't been online much lately and only found out about it today.

Take care of yourself too.

K and S said...

Thanks Moshi :)

Take care.