Perfect on a rainy day

Sunday was a most rainy, damp, chilly day.  We had plans to go with Pia & her husband to Maryland Sheep & Wool to check out the sheep dog trials + lamb gyros, but the conditions were just too icky to weather, so we stuck around the house.  I had an inkling that I might be in a mood to “organize,” but boy was I productive!  We’ve got lots of clean laundry, all the pending paperwork sitting on my desk has been dealth with, the fridge cleaned out, and my knitting patterns organized.  If I could be this productive at work I would be a rock star.

The rain & wind didn’t let up all day so K & I decided a quiet dinner in would be just the ticket, and what better on a rainy day than a good bowl of soup?  Here’s May’s installment of the year of soups (March & April’s soups happened but just weren’t blogged about…sorry!)…Cream of Broccoli.

Cream of Broccoli

This was a super simple recipe and very tasty.  Some cayenne pepper gave it a bit of a kick that upped the otherwise muted flavors into something a little more complex.  This & a dinner roll makes a very satisfying meal!

Cream of Broccoli Soup (from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups by Br. Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette)
(serves 4-6….I halved the recipe and after 2 generous portions have enough left for dinner tonight)

1 lb fresh broccoli
3 medium-sized potatoes
2 onions
8c. water
1 boullion cube
1 c. cream or 1/2&1/2
salt to taste
pinch of cayenne (we used about 1tsp)
grated cheese of choice for garnish (we used an English white cheddar)

1. Wash, peel & slice the vegetables into small pieces.  Pour the water into a large soup pot & add all the vegetables & boullion.  Cook slowly over medium heat for 1 hour.

2. Blend the soup in a blender and return to pot.  Add cream, salt & cayenne and stir.  Reheat for a few minutes. Serve hot with grated cheese as garnish.

I also had some bananas that were about 12 hours from being too ripe, so I whipped up a batch of banana bread to finish off the evening.  I used the recipe from the King Arthur Flour Cookbook (gushed about here) and swapped out some bittersweet chocolate chips for the walnuts.  Even K, who is skeptical of fruit-based desserts enjoyed it (I think it was the chocolate that swayed him).

Perfect.

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