Friday, January 20, 2006
Ugly Root Soup
At long last I managed to find some of one of my favourite vegetables - the jerusalem artichoke. They don't resemble artichokes in any way nor do they seem to have anything to do with Jerusalem but this doesn't stop them from being exceedingly tasty. However they seem to be some what over looked and it took a little scouring of the supermarkets to find them eventually in Waitrose. I'm told they're not particualrly difficult to grow and in fact will rampage around a garden if not kept in check..... so what is the reason why they are so spurned..... it is suggested in Olive this month that its cos they have unwanted side effects - they're a little 'windy' !! But make excellent soup!
1kg jerusalem artichokes, peeled and diced
1 celariac (about the size of a large grapefruit), peeled and diced
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 stock cube
a little oil
Gently sweat the onion in the oil until translucent and then add the celariac and artichoke. Sweat with the lid on the pan for about 20min until the artichoke is beginning to get soft. Then crumble over a stock cube and pour on boiling water to cover the veg. Simmer for another 10min and then blend, adding more water if its a bit thick. Season with plenty of salt and freshly ground black pepper. This should serve about 4 as a light meal or starter or two very hungry people with crusty bread for a winter supper!