Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Turnip, Watercress and Blue Cheese Soup with Linseed Rolls

so the big day is over... and with all those left-overs still in the fridge, meals are becoming predictable to say the least... not that I mind, there's nothing I love more than a turkey, stuffing and coleslaw sandwich... its just that we're in that in between time where, if you're anything like me, you'll have gorged yourself on so much food you can barely look into the kitchen without feeling nauseated... the only thing is... I am still hungry... not sure what that's all about but I'm just so into my food right now... and i'm craving stuff packed with flavour but easy to make...

Turnip, Watercress and Blue Cheese Soup
This soup is something my Grandma used to make and it’s a wonderful old recipe I’ve not seen anywhere since. For 3 simple ingredients it’s amazingly tasty and is great for using up any Silton or other blue cheese left-over from Christmas.

1 medium onion – chopped
7 medium turnips – peeled and chopped
2 large bunches of watercress
2 pints of good quality vegetable stock
blue cheese to taste (I’m using a local Cote Hill Blue)
butter and olive oil

- melt the butter with a little olive oil in a large pan, add the onions and let them sweat for 5 mins until translucent
 add the turnips, stir and cover and sauté gently until soft
- add the stock and simmer for 20 mins, then add the watercress and blue cheese and simmer for a further 5 mins
- wiz in a blender or use a hand blender until smooth

The bread rolls are made using Dan Lepard's Easy White Loaf recipe but i've used some wonderful golden linseeds to top them... perfect in-between food...

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Hi Dom this soup is so delicious!

  2. One question. 7 turnips sounds like a lot, given that what I find here are about the size of tennis balls. Thoughts? Oh, write me at scrout1944@msn.com if you would be so kind.

  3. Dom this sounds delicious and savory! Happy New Year!

  4. Perfect in between food indeed! Looks delicious especially the rolls :)

  5. Being a Hampshire man this recipe appeals to me! (Hampshire being the UK's capital of watercress...)
    I'm also fanatically keen on blue cheese (Favourite is probably Roquefort).

  6. not a fan of blue cheese but Im sure I could use another cheese because the soup looks too good to miss! love watercress and love turnips!

  7. The combination sounds heavenly Dom. The rurnops and cheese play well with each other.

  8. Brilliant combination. I love discovering traditional recipes that have fallen out of fashion. Definitely think this should be up for a revival. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Blue cheese in soup sounds yummy. Leave to grandmothers to come up with a delicious soup with just a few ordinary ingredients. The rolls look crispy on the outside amd tender in the middle.

  10. This looks like a lovely restoring soup after the heavy Christmas eatings I've had..

  11. Oh the idea of watercress soup, so much more refreshing than all those left overs. I'm done with those. Even the dog's had enough! I'm off to buy watercress and stilton. GG

  12. Great combination of ingredients and I am so into soup right now!

  13. Mmmm! This is a soup to savor! What an incredible combination of ingredients! SB would bridle at blue cheese in soup, but I am sooo intrigued!

    Those rolls look perfect, Dom! I love everything about this meal! Wish we were neighbors so that I could 'pop over for a taste'!


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