Saturday, 18 October 2008
I am not a fan of Gordon Ramsay, but I do sometimes enjoy watching him yell at useless cooks to try to help keep them from losing their wretched eating establishments. On one memorable episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, he asked a clueless 'chef' to make him a bowl of broccoli soup. The chef proceeded to produce a confused mulch of about 15 ingredients. Ramsey tasted it, gagged, then told him that his own broccoli soup consisted of three ingredients: broccoli, water and salt. 'This has clean flavours, the punters love it, and you'll make a fortune from it, mate,' he proclaimed. He did garnish it with olive oil and a few basil leaves, though.
So here's my version of Ramsey's simple broccoli soup. It's really good.
1 leek, carefully washed (they get sandy in there) and chopped
1 very large head of broccoli, chopped
vegan bouillon powder
fresh basil (optional)
Place in saucepan with water to cover. Boil until tender. Puree with hand blender until smooth. Add more water if needed to desired thinness, and add vegan bouillon powder to taste. (You could just use salt, but I love Marigold Vegan Bouillon Powder.)
Ladle into bowls and garnish with a swirl of olive or pumpkin seed oil, maybe a dash of vegan parmesan, and fresh basil leaves.