*Special thanks to CJ at A Well Read Tart for the inspiration and recipe for the cauliflower soup. Read more about her FABULOUS blog later on this post…,,
I hope that this post finds you and yours healthy, safe and in good spirits wherever part of the world you might be. I hope that you are finding comfort and serenity during this very scary and uncertain time.
I admit, I am terrified, not so much for me but for the people I love. We have not yet seen the level of devastation here in California that other states, Italy and other countries are experiencing. I hope that none of us ever do where we live. My heart goes out to those who have lost their lives, lost their loved ones and severely impacted by this crisis. I am holding firmly to faith and hope as I feel that not doing so is ever an option. At the same time, trying to be vigilant in being careful to not get or spread the virus. My hands are raw from washing constantly. I am constantly disinfecting every surface at work and at home including my purse, cellphones and Fitbit.
I am also still working as I am considered an essential worker. I have been granted three days to work at home starting next week. However, I need to make a decision as soon as possible to no longer come to work and use personal time to quarantine with Mr Sweetie. I am in good health but his health condition places him at high risk. Every time I leave my house to work and come home I feel like I am taking a big risk of infecting him and endangering his life. The consequence is unthinkable. Such uncertain and difficult time we live in.
Work and our way of life as we know it have dramatically changed. I find myself greatly fatigued not physically but emotionally as I see San Francisco change overnight from a vibrant and festive city to one that looks like an apocalyptic ghost town with restaurants and businesses boarded up. No one is happy and everyone seems to be walking carrying a heavy load. I miss being with my siblings, family and friends here in the Bay Area. I miss my parents more and loved ones in the Philippines and Japan. I want us all in one place in one big giant hug. With social distancing, that is not even a possibility.
Such a long introduction to a soup recipe post. 🙂 Thank you for allowing me to express how I feel as everything has been bottled up. In my role at work, I am the rock. I give the pep talk even if deep inside I am holding back tears.
Nowadays what I truly crave for are feelings of comfort and security. I want things that are soft, warm and cozy. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time with Mr Sweetie, my cat, reading, sleeping, being quiet and cooking when I finally get to stay home.
I made a revised version as inspired by her soup recipe on her blog. My version includes sweet potatoes and parsley. The sweet potatoes were a last minute addition when I saw them sitting in a basket in my kitchen. I am forever buying sweet potatoes but forgetting about them. What a great idea as they provided an extra layer of flavor and natural sweetness to the soup. I also did not use broth to reduce the amount of sodium. I used water instead and the soup was still very tasty with the melange of delicious vegetables. (But feel free to use broth! I am sure the soup will be more delicious!) I blended the soup in the Nutribullet. Three pulses did the trick. I am sure that you can skip this step and eat the soup straight out of the pot without blending it. I like my soup chunky and slightly creamy. Instead of white cheese, I used Parmesan cheese. I am lactose-intolerant but sometimes I can get away with eating Parmesan. With social distancing and my office being pretty much empty, I can risk eating a little bit of dairy. Ha! Ha!
I made the soup two days ago but was not able to eat it right away since we have tons of food to eat first. ( Yup, Mr Sweetie joined the panics buying crowd.) No, he did not clear out the aisles with nothing left for others but he just made sure that we have the supplies that we need. I always have a well-stocked kitchen anyway that we did not need to do a haul.
I finally got to eat the soup this morning and — whoa! It was delicious! It was so tasty with the medley of roasted cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsley and a big heap of Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. I would pay for this myself if sold somewhere else, if I may say so! Please see my recipe below and do not forget to check out A Well Read Tart’s Cauliflower White Cheese Soup with her well-written recipe and pretty photos. The reason why I cannot be a cooking blogger is because I am very lazy when it comes to writing recipes with exact measurements and detailed instructions. I would rather cook, take pictures and eat! Ha! Ha! This recipe, though, is very forgiving.
Cauliflower Sweet Potato Soup
(3-6 servings depending on the size of the bowl)
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 big russet potato
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 c onions
- 2 garlic cloves (or more)
- 1/2 cup parsley (minced)
- 8 – 10 cups water or low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Peel carrots, sweet potatoes and potatoes.
- Chop the onions, cauliflower, peeled carrots, sweet potatoes and potatoes.
- Mince parsley. Set some aside for topping.
- Mince garlic cloves.
- Heat EVOO in a pot on medium heat.
- When hot, cook onion until brown and caramelized. Set aside.
- Cook cauliflowers until roasted (about 4 minutes).
- Put onions back in the pot along with parsley, garlic, potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. Cook together for about 4 minutes.
- Season the vegetable mixture with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Add water to cover the vegetables.
- Boil then reduce to simmer until vegetables are tender (about 1 hour).
- Turn off the heat and cool down the soup.
- Put half (or all!) in a blender to blend the soup to a thick consistency. Use an immersion blender if you have it.
- Put soup back in the pot and warm up.
- Ladle in a bowl and top with a generous portion of grated Parmesan cheese, black pepper, red pepper flakes (optional) and parsley.
Please let me know if you make this soup. May this soup brings you comfort and joy. We will get through this craziness! Keep the hope alive!