Posted: December 17, 2014 8:45am

It is so cold at the moment and and as promised we have asked Laura to come up with a great wholesome soup. We tried it over the weekend and it is easy to make and delicious.

So give it a go!

Nothing beats a good soup as it fills you up and is super healthy.

Check the recipe out here and please let us know how you get on.

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Celeriac, Thyme & Goats Cheese Soup.

By Laura Wrightson

 

I have to be in the mood for root vegetables and I’m a little particular about how they are cooked! But this Celeriac soup hits the spot for me. It makes a lovely starter for 4-6 or lunch for 2-3. The balance of classic goats cheese and thyme is heaven next to this root. It seems unusual to use milk in this recipe but think of it like using a splash of cream only it is lighter, and adds a little sweetness. Eat Well J

 

The Basic Recipe,

Takes 25mins to make, please see variations and tips bellow.

 

1 tsp or so of Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive oil

Knob of butter

4-5 sprigs of Thyme, leaves stripped off

Celery Heart (2-3small stalks) finely chopped

1 small onion or shallot finely chopped

Medium Celeriac well peeled and chopped in to fairly equal cubes

500-750ml of Chicken or vegetable stock

150ml full cream goats milk

Fresh goats cheese crumbled

 

In a pan warm the olive oil, butter and thyme leaves, then sauté the celery and onion for a minute or two until soft.

 

Add the celeriac and enough stock to cover it, simmer for 10-15mins or until the celeriac is very soft and sucked up almost all the stock. Then blitz in a blender until it’s a very smooth puree.

 

Put back in the pan and add the milk and a more stock if needed until it’s the right thickness for you, warm through and season to taste.

 

Ladle into bowls and crumble over a little goats cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

 

Variations & Tips

 

Peel the celeriac really well, you want all the green off, I use a small knife as its more efficient than a peeler in this instance.

 

A crumbled chestnut with the goat’s cheese is a festive touch.

Enjoy, Laura x

 

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We are very excited having Laura contribute please check out her Facebook site.

She is a fabulous baker and comes up with the  amazing healthy but tasty recipes.

This is a little background on Laura, she is so talented and we are very lucky to have her contribute to our blog.

“I have an unrelenting passion for good food, and a great desire to show  people how to cook well with simplicity & flare. I believe food heals, brings all walks of life together; to my mind it is the best way to understand a culture and an individual. I don’t believe I ever stop learning about or being inspired by food. I have studied professional chefs and home cooks alike, take my lessons & influences from both and hopefully create a happy medium. I believe good food is about working with what you have, it doesn’t need to be complicated just thoughtful. I am a single parent of two boys Charlie 10 & Jonah 8. Jonah has severe allergies to dairy, soya and gluten. I did not want him to feel compromised or for him to have to give up treats altogether, so I have devoted myself to making healthier not equal restricted. I have been catering and baking cakes for family and friends for the last 10years, whilst I raised my boys. I have had to be on an incredibly tight budget before and have also had the luxury of a very comfortable one. I’ve been at both ends of the scale which I hope gives me a balanced perspective. I am devoted to feeding people well. I want to bring something unique and sincere to the table. I aspire to make people feel good and inspire them to think about what they eat.”


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