Posts Tagged With: nutmeg

Cream of celery soup

The classics keep coming back, and for good reason! We love our 70’s soups…

Fresh from the garden: celery, onion, potatoes, garlic, chives
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 at home or 24 tastes


  • Kettle
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Peelers
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Stockpot, wooden spoon
  • Scales
  • Measures: jug, tablespoon
  • Microplane grater
  • Garlic press, ladle
  • Stick blender, mouli
  • Serving bowls
  • Teaspoons


  • 1.5 litres boiling water and 1.5 tablespoons bouillon (or 1.5 litres vegetable stock)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1kg white potatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • A large bunch of celery
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 100ml single cream
  • A small handful chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
    What to do:
  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil. Measure the bouillon and boiling water into the jug and stir.
  • Peel the potatoes under running water and then coarsely chop into 2cm cubes.
  • Peel and coarsely chop the onion.
  • Wash and finely chop the celery, including leaves.
  • Heat the oil in the stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes and then add the chopped celery and cook for another few minutes.
  • Meanwhile peel and crush the garlic, and then add the garlic and potato cubesand stir together.Sweat for a minute until aromatic.
  • Increase heat to high. Add the prepared stock and bring to the boil, then simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the potato is almost tender.
  • Remove from heat, add the cream and using the microplane, grate 1/2 a nutmeg into the soup.
  • Blitz the soup with the stick blender. You may want to pass the soup through the mouli to make it super-smooth.
  • Taste and season if needed.
  • Wash the chives and then roll them in a piece of paper towel. Snip into tiny pieces and reserve.
  • Ladle soup among serving bowls and sprinkle with the snipped chives.

Notes: What do celery leaves taste like? Where does nutmeg grow?

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Cauliflower and nutmeg soup

Silky and spiced, creamy and smooth – we love cauliflower soup! And with a little crunchy addition of speedy croutons, we’re in heaven!

Fresh from the garden: cauliflower, leeks, onion, potato, garlic
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes


  • Kettle
  • Garlic press, peeler
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Stockpot
  • Measures – tablespoon, jug
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large & med bowls
  • Stick blender
  • Mouli
  • Microplane grater
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls

  • 1 leek
  • 1 brown onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large potato
  • A large head of cauliflower
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 lt water & 1.5 tablespoons bouillon (or 1.5 litres stock)
  • White pepper & flaked salt
  • A whole nutmeg

 What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set to boil.
  • Wash the leek, scoring and peeling the outer layers off to look for hidden dirt, and then finely chop the leek.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel the potato under running water and chop into 1cm cubes.
  • Peel and squeeze the garlic cloves through the press.
  • Wash, shake dry and cut or tear the cauliflower into small florets.
  • Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the stockpot. Add the leek and onion and fry gently for 5 minutes.
  • Carefully measure the boiling water into the jug and add the bouillon. Stir.
  • Add the cauliflower, the potato and the garlic and sweat for a minute, then add the hot stock.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Season with salt and ground white pepper and puree with the stick blender until very smooth.
  • You may need to pass the soup through the mouli into another bowl to achieve an even smoother texture.
  • Just before serving, grate in about half a nutmeg using the microplane grater, the ladle out into your bowls.

 Notes: What other vegetables can be used for soup? Why do we sweat the veggies out?

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