Saturday, 8 June 2013

celeriac, lettuce and pea soup

... since my internment at the Whipps Cross holiday camp my sleeping patterns have been completely messed up and totally unpredictable... the dear nurses would come in at the most peculiar hours, throughout the 'night' waking you up, strapping things to your arm and sticking thermometres in your mouth, all in the name of science and after 4 nights I was going a little crazy with the sleep deprivation and I think it's still effecting me... i'll be happily getting on with my day one minute only to find myself fast asleep the next.  Mornings can start as early as 5am and no amount of pretending to be asleep seems to fix it... i'm lucky it's summer and there's plenty of light, i'm sure if it were winter i'd be curled in a ball under the bed...

... my stomach is also very much touch and go at the moment and i'm experimenting with different foods which is quite exciting... my big thing at the moment is flax seed as it's exceptionally good for digestion - but more of that in a later post. Some days i'm handling the roughage quite well and really enjoying the benefits of all the incredible fresh fruit and veg... but other days my stomach simply can't handle anything other than a glass of water and i'm not convinced this blog would do very well if I simply posted photo's of my H2O consumption...

celeriac, lettuce and pea soup
of course half way between water and solids comes the much varied food group known to most as soup and now that summer's in full swing the choice and variation of vegetables out there is seemingly endless... almost every greengrocers I went into this week had the sadly ugly face of celeriac leering at me from the fake grass covered shelves like a poorly produced Dr Who villain, plus a plethora of lettuce in the fridge swung the flavour of this soup in a rather tasty direction... it tastes of pure goodness and whilst the celeriac seems like quite a delicate flavour it actually adds a very subtle aniseed undertone to the bowl which is enhanced by one or two of my favourite fennel seeds... a good soup for a healthy belly and hopefully some well timed sleep...

1 medium onion - finely chopped
1/2 a large celeriac - peeled and cubed
1 large head of round lettuce
400g frozen peas
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 pints of good quality veg stock
greek yoghurt and chives to serve
olive oil and salt and pepper

in a large pan saute the onions on a gentle heat with a little olive oil until soft, then add the celeriac and stir.  Place the lid on the pan and let the veg sweat for 5 mins, then add the lettuce, peas and fennel seeds and let them sweat again with the lid on for a further 5 mins.

add the stock and let it gently simmer for 20 mins, then in with the hand-held whizzer until thick and smooth

serve with a dollop of greek yoghurt, some chives and a pretty chive flower for colour

eat and of course, enjoy!



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