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How to make a cream-based soup

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You would think that by now I would have stopped being surprised about the crap that companies will put in our foods. Still, every now and then I enjoy having the chance to complain about things and today seemed like a good time :)

I decided to make a cream of broccoli soup for supper and here were the ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (or so)
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
  • 600 ml chicken broth
  • 350 ml 18% cream
  • salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 head broccoli

In case anyone is curious, the instructions are quite simple. Melt the butter and sauté onions until soft. Slowly mix in the flour till it thickens (yes, just a basic roux). Add all the other ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn heat to low and simmer for at least 15 more minutes.

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Let’s take a second to compare this to a can of cream of mushroom soup from the “wonderful” folks over at Campbell’s.

  • water, fresh mushrooms (ok)
  • modified corn starch, enriched wheat flour, soybean or canola oil, corn starch (don’t even get me started on how bad all of these are)
  • milk ingredients (??)
  • fresh cream (ok)
  • MSG ??!
  • salt, whey protein
  • potassium chloride, sauterne wine (with sulphates)
  • mushroom flavour (dried onions) .... uhmmm
  • yeast extract
  • disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate
  • spice

It’s time to make food real again.

Tasty no-flour pizza

I remember a year or two ago there was a big to-do about no-knead bread. Well, today I discovered a recipe for a no-flour pizza that is just amazing. The original post is , and there is a stuffed-crust version here

Cauliflower crust

Crust after baking (After step 4)

Cauliflower crust pizza

Finished pizza with garlic, red onion, mozzarella, and black olives.

(just in case, here's the recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower (simply shred in a cheese grater :))
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza herbs: 1/2 tsp fennel, 1 tsp oregano, 2 tsp parsley

(The last three ingredients can be changed for your favorite pizza-type herbs)

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF/232ºC/Gas Mark 8.

  2. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray (or grease with some coconut/olive/whatever oil).

  3. In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with pizza herbs.

  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes (15-20 minutes if you double the recipe).

  5. Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese.

  6. Place under a grill/broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted