Cauliflower Soup… and a dry, dry winter

If it has been a dry winter for us around here… really dry. Not a drop of moisture in the air. Rain water tanks and dams have been drying up, and we have been so lacking in moisture, in fact, that it has forced the closure of several local brothels, causing uproar throughout local fat business man circles. The word moist has been banned from public use under the incitement to riot act. It’s been so dry people are opting for jerky as a moist cut of meat for their Sunday dinner. On a serious note (yes, I know those serious notes have no place on these pages. I’m sorry) local fire authority though it would be a good idea to enforce a total fire ban. Fine with me. But last night the peeps upstairs decided they’d had enough of all of this fire ban business and let the wet shit rip from above. It was time to make amends before the end of winter so they gave us a soaking. They gave us our whole winter in three days, which is totally fine, but a little more even distribution next time is also fine by me…

I made soup to take away the coldness that was slowly enveloping my body and soul. It was cauliflower soup and it went a little something like this…

I was quite literally eating that fried crumb goodness from the spoon
I was quite literally eating that fried crumb goodness from the spoon

You know what time it is little soupy? Time to get in my belly
You know what time it is little soupy? Time to get in my belly


1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into 2-3cm chunks, stem included
2 large leeks, white/very pal green part only, sliced (a couple of onions would do the trick)
2 anchovies
2lt vegetable stock or water if that’s all you got
1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
torn croutons, grated gruyere cheese and chopped parsley to serve

• Sauté leek and anchovies in a little oil until soft
• Add the rest of the stuff I said you will need to make this soup and simmer for 1 hour
• Blitz that bad boy with a stick wizz or in a blender (do it in small batches… it is steaming hot soup remember, not your fricking green smoothie) and check seasoning
• Serve it up, garnished with the stuff I told you to garnish it with

We had gruyere with our soup, but it could handle just about any cheese you threw at it; cheddar, blue, parmesan, etc. also the croutons were made by tearing day old bread, crusts and all, into chunks and the frying them over low heat with a little olive oil and garlic.

25 responses to “Cauliflower Soup… and a dry, dry winter”

  1. I do love where you use anchovies. I must remember this trick. Pretty pics too! Moving on up Graz.

    1. Yes agreed, anchovies make good stuff better! Nice work. This is basically cauliflower cheese in soup form, so I’m sure it worked a treat against that rain. (PS I think the Brits have stolen your rain. I’ll try and smuggle it back to you if you want)
      I keep wondering if it’s worth bothering to roast cauliflower before whizzing it up in a soup – must try!

      1. Give it a bash for sure! And you can keep the rain PS 🙂

  2. We have sent the rain back already..

  3. I love cauliflower soup, but I have never thought of adding anchovies to it. Now the weather is getting a bit shit here I’ll have to try this out when I finally give in to soup days.

    1. I think you shall enjoy it, my friend 🙂

  4. Really beautiful bowl. I want it.

    1. It’s yours. You just gotta come and get it! 🙂 (dinner will be ready of course)

  5. Great photos of a tasty looking soup there Mr F. I am a big fan of the C Flower in all it’s glorious cooked forms. Your dissertation on drought cracked me up, I think the word ‘moist’ should be banned from the English language. It has been raining here (often torrentially) in Sydney on and off for 2 bloody weeks. We did need it and now we don’t…well, I don’t. So there.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the read Mrs CG. I also am a huge fan of eating caulis in any form… Except maybe border collies…
      Cheers 🙂

  6. Beautiful soup. I love the presentation. I hope it warmed you up. I like that you used anchovies here. That was a surprising ingredient.

    1. The anchovies seem to have surprised everyone. They make a big difference. I love those little suckers!!! 🙂

  7. Very good looking picture….I’ll have to check out the cauliflower soup.

  8. Lack of moisture in a brothel is not so much a sign of dry weather as disinterest:)

    1. Bahaha. True that! Maybe a bit of both? 🙂

  9. yes! I love cauliflowers! Great job!

    1. Thank you my friend. Cauliflowers rule!! 🙂

  10. It’s apparently quite rainy in Perth for a change (well, that’s what facebook is telling me… though we West Aussies tend to cry ‘RAIN! RAIN!” when the first few drops appear… a bit like that Bird’s Eye sweetcorn advert… do you remember that?!). It’s raining here in England today too. I definitely would be happy to send it to you though as it’s SUPPOSED TO BE SUMMER in this darn country (well, at least til yesterday… it’s been raining since we arrived one week ago). Hope that you get some rain soon, seeing as it’s officially Springtime in Aussieland now. But if not, I’d just recommend eating more of those fried crumbs. They’d make everything better (I make crumbs fried in chorizo oil for my cauliflower soup. It kicks ass… and will probably add to my ass when my fat consumption starts to catch up with me. But I will rejoice until then!)

    1. Bahaha. Brilliant. Chorizo crumbs, heck yes!! The ass thing I leave with you!!
      I effing love your catch up days in blogland 🙂

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