soup garden 'o9
On the Merry Christmas thread, Margaret was talking about celery, winter squash and fennel. I'd like to add to the idea that these things are really good for soup.
Well, I don't know that about fennel. I grew Florence fennel a couple of years ago and hadn't a clue what to do with it. Licorice is a favorite flavor but for soup!?? Did I really miss the boat on that one? Heck, it grew well!
Just as kind of an aside, I grew sweet fennel the last 2 years. The 1st year, I tried the foliage as tea - nope, not for me! It didn't seem to set seed altho' the plants bloomed during the final weeks of the growing season. Nevertheless, the sweet fennel volunteered this year and where it wasn't in the way, I left it thinking that I could try the seeds in the kitchen and in tea. It never bloomed!!
Okay, celery was in my garden years and years ago. It didn't do well at all. Since then, I've tried an Asian leaf celery - that was okay. And, I began growing celeriac a few years ago. Now, that one is a FAVORITE!! Yep, you can't beat the starchy, celery flavor in mashed potatoes or soup!
Winter squash used in soup? You betchya!! It is very, very easy to sautsome onions, add to chicken stock, drop in diced squash and cook. After the squash has softened, everything can go in the blender, add cream and reheat. Served with seasoned croutons, it's popular around here.
Milehighgirl told us recently about purslane use in the kitchen. I'm wondering about adding it to soup. Sorrel used to grow in my garden. I sampled the leaves and enjoyed the taste but did I make a mistake by beating the daylights out of this weed - should I have allowed it to grow and maybe even planted a domestic variety for soup?
IT'S SOUP!!! What's goin' on in your kitchen and what are you planning for the "soup garden" in 'o9!?