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How to make a cream-based soup


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.


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)


  • 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)


  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