Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Broccoli-Cauliflower Yin-Yang Soup

Two cruciferous vegetables cooked in aromatic homemade vegetable stock wich reduces the amount of salt needed - ultimate heart-healthy luxury. Um, did I mention that it is delicious as well? This soup is one of my contributions to HotM. Joanna promised me I could enter more than one soup - that sure got me cooking.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Yin-Yang Soup

1/2 head cauliflower
1 head broccoli
1 cup soycreamer (or soymilk or leave out to make it fat-free)
vegan stock (preferably homemade)
nutmeg, pepper, sea salt to taste

Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets, you should have more or less an equal amount of broccoli and cauliflower. Place the broccoli in one small saucepan and the cauliflower in another saucepan. Cover with stock and cook until tender. Add half the soy creamer to both pots. Blend. Add stock until the two soups have about the same consistency. Season the cauliflower with a generous pinch of nutmeg, the broccoli with some freshly ground black pepper.

Take some aluminum foil and fold it to a stripe. Place the stripe upright on the plate marking the yin-yang-dividing line. Then very slowly and carefully start pouring the two soups from the two sides onto the plate. When the plate is filled, carefully remove the stripe. Spoon a drop of white soup on the green round and vice versa.

It only took me about 30 minutes total - 15 minutes cooking time and 15 minutes for bringing the soup onto the plates, so this is the perfect make-belief-its-fancy dish.

Simple and easy to prepare but quite impressive. For more simple yet impressive soups check out Roasted Pepper Soup with Cinnamon and Ginger.

Serves two.

Fat-free depends on the use of fat-free ingredients.
Gluten-free depends on the use of gluten-free ingredients.


VeggieGirl said...

the soup is positively gorgeous!! excellent work on the presentation!! and I love broccoli and cauliflower, so that combination is lovely.

SusanV said...

Absolutely beautiful! I'll bet it tastes great too.

Rachel said...

Great blog! Ingenious soup idea...the possibilities are endless.

Come check out my blog if you get a chance. (http://veganalects.wordpress.com)

Ilva said...

Brilliant presentation! I'll have to remember that!

Anke said...

thanks @ all. I just updated that it also only took me 30 minutes total so its fast and impressive to boot.

@ rachel: thank you and the same to you :-). I love your photos.

Lizzy said...

Ist ja mal ne ausgefallene Idee das so zu servieren, echt toll =) Und die Kombination ist eh perfekt!

Ich bin erst vor kurzem die Wandlung vom Langzeit-Vegetarier zum Veganer gemacht und werd mir deine Seite auf jeden Fall merken.

Anke said...

@ lizzy: Willkommen :-). Schön, dass Dir der (die? das?) blog gefällt :-)

Lizzy said...

Thanks for the idea, I'll try this one next time. At the moment I can't seem to get enough of alpros regular strawberry yogurt. A little variety would be nice though =p
I love alpros products, so I guess I won't be disappointed!

I like dark chocolate a lot actually. But back in my omni days eating chocolate for me meant inhaling a whole plate of milk chocolate within a matter of minutes. I can't do that with dark chocolate(which is good of course), so eating chocolate is now not a start-and-binge cycle anymore, but more of a wow-I-can-seriously-enjoy-and-stop-after-2-pieces sort of thing =)

Anke said...

That's what I actually like about dark chocolate. Eating it is about chocolate, not about sugar. With very sweet chocolate I also have a hard time stopping ("Merci" is vegan - I sometimes devour a whole pack in no time) whereas with dark chocolate there is a feeling of satisfaction after one or two pieces. Lovely.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

What fantastic presentation! What a great idea - and with two such lovely soups, too... Inspired!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, how did you do that?!? It's so cool looking, too pretty to eat!

Celine said...

this is insane in a great way! you're a pro, Anke.

Vegetation said...

Wow, that is one amazing looking soup! I bet it tastes as awesome as it looks too.

Anke said...

thank you thank you thank you to all of you for your comments. I feel honored to have so many seasoned food bloggers visiting my blog :-)

Pixie said...

anke, this looks wonderful, you should submit one of your lovely soups for this event http://foodandspice.blogspot.com/2008/02/no-croutons-required.html

Jeremy said...

My heart will rejoice after having this soup. I have tried this with little beans and carrots added. My kids like the thick one. Keeping this in my collection.