“I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say ‘hello, goodbye,’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”The White Rabbit – Alice in Wonderland
Just like the white rabbit I am very late to a vitual teaparty at Su’s blog Zimmerbitch – check it all out and her other guests via HERE. I must point out that being late is very unusual for me as I tend to be early for a date than late.
First things first – Soup Anyone?
Something different and not expected at a tea party. As I live in the same hemisphere as Su the blogger [Zimmerbitch], I too will introduce you to another winter soup. A favourite one for this time of year for us is Cauliflower Soup. Hold on don’t dismiss this standard white bundle of florets. This particular recipe packs a punch and tastes like cheese macaroni for adults. Amazingly enough, there is no cheese in it only added on bread or if you must into the soup. Mustard accompanies the cauliflower, three varieties to be precise. Interested? Then, check out the below recipe.
1 large brown onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 litre light chicken stock or water
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons Dijon and 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
Freshly cracked black pepper
4 slices French stick, ciabatta or sourdough , toasted
Grated cheddar or cheese of your choice – I use Sheep feta cheese
1. Place oil in a large saucepan then add the onion and garlic. Fry until translucent. Sprinkle the mustard powder over and stir in the cauliflower and potatoes. Pour in the stock and milk. Cover, bring to a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender, adding more liquid if necessary.
2. When the vegetables are cooked, remove from the liquid, purée with salt to taste and the mustard. Return to the saucepan and bring back to heat, stirring gently. Serve in bowls with a sprinkling of freshly cracked pepper.
3. Toast the cheese-topped bread under a hot grill just before serving.
How about a Muffin or a Blissball or two?
If I were to be crowned a queen of a sweet, then I would be Queen Muffin as I am known to bake a batch or two during the colder months. As we are a non-dairy household, I will also bring along a quantity of Blissballs that are petite enough for those who want a small bite to eat. So, that is what I shall bring to Su’s Virtual Teaparty, a cup of soup if coffee isn’t your thing, Pumpkin & Turmeric Muffins with a few Blissballs. Of course, not forgetting some dark, brooding coffee as I am not a major tea drinker. In the afternoon, I am partial to a herbal tea or a cup of black Earl Grey tea.