Sunday, August 23, 2009

Deliciously Dutch Part II

The Dutch can boast a food culture that includes open-air markets with a variety of fresh food products that include meat, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Many Dutch who live outside the city have home gardens too. This allows for much of the population to eat locally and seasonally.
The abundance of seasonal vegetables contributes to the Dutch fondness for soups. The Dutch love soup! Loaded with fresh vegetables, soup remains a mainstay in the Dutch diet.
Loek discovered a flavorful, healthy, simple soup recipe using fresh broccoli, from Chef Gordon Ramsey. He prepared this delicious soup for us during our time spent in the Netherlands. This soup is a meal by itself, and served with a simple salad, you are going to feel like you are not going to eat for days.

Broccoli Soup

Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 heads very fresh broccoli
olive oil to taste

Cut the florets off the heads of broccoli. Cut the stems into similarly sized pieces. Add all of the broccoli--florets and stems into a pot of rapidly boiling, salted water ( e.g. 2 Tablespoons salt in 5 quarts of water). Cover. Cook 3-4 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, place the cooked broccoli pieces into a blender. Fill blender about half way with cooking liquid as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Season to taste.
If desired, add cheese ( goat or cheddar) to the bottom of the bowl before pouring the soup. Serve, drizzled with olive oil, if desired.
"eet Smakelijk" (Pronounced Ate Smahk-A-lek), which means to "Eat deliciously"


Bunny said...

I love the picture of the market! The sound sounds wonderful!!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh I love this soup my baby loves brocolli i should make this for her lol

the ungourmet said...

Yum! I love broccoli soup with cheese! :p I should try this one! I bet even my son would eat this. Broccoli is one veggie he will actually eat.

TKW said...

What an amazing market!

The soup sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

The market sounds excellent! I love the idea of a blended broccoli soup - my family would really enjoy it!

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girlichef said...

Oh, eat deliciously...I love it! And I love your soup, it sounds amazing :D

figtree said...

I love simple recipes like this one. Ill try it tonight!Figtreeapps

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Great pictures. I need to get busy and make some soup and some of that mango sangria.

Chef E said...

There are Dutch markets all over, since I live a stones throw from PA... I read your bio about food chatter, and I felt like I was reading about I know if we ever met, you would have my undivided attention!

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Wait...were we on the same schedule or what? :) I agree about the markets in Netherlands and Europe in general. They have such a diverse variety of foods. The soup recipe has so few ingredients which I like. Sometimes simple things taste the best. :)

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