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.
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"