Wow the temperature has dropped here in Dublin but the problem is that one day it’ll be freezing cold and the next mild and pleasant. It’s this kind of fluctuation in temperatures that is spreading colds like wildfire so I’m dead set on not being afflicted by a dreaded winter cold. I’m a big fan of ginger and its flavours but ginger also offers medicinal properties to help fight off colds and flu. This soup is packed with healing and immune boosting ingredients, we’ve got garlic, onion, turmeric and of course the vitamin rich broccoli.
Apart from this soup being super good for you it is also incredibly tasty. My favourite ways to eat broccoli are stir-fried in some sesame oil and garlic like my Chinese Garlic Broccoli or in a soup. I remember the first time I tried it in a soup, all I added was onion and garlic, some salt and pepper and the flavours astounded me. This soup has a little more flavour from the spices and it tastes as good as it looks.
What you’ll need for the soup: Serves 4-6
- 1 large head of broccoli including stems
- 2 small onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, diced
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- About 1cm x 3 cm piece of ginger, a little more if you’re a big ginger fan
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- 1 litre of veg stock
- 1 x 400g can of butter beans (any white bean will do)
- Salt to taste
What you’ll need for the lemon tahini sauce:
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 2 heaped tablespoons of good quality tahini
- The juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 3 to 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons of water (a little more if your tahini paste is thick)
- Black pepper and salt to taste
Method for the soup:
- Melt the coconut oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and continue to cook on a low heat for about 3 minutes.
- Add the spices and stir them in, cook through for a minute or two.
- Cut the broccoli into florets about 1 inch in size. Remove any rough parts from the stems and cut into 2cm cubes, add to the pan along with a cup full of stock. When the broccoli had turned bright green add the beans and the rest of the stock. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for five minutes.
- Using a food processor or a hand-held blender blend into a soup.
Method for the Tahini sauce:
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and mix. Taste and add more salt, pepper or lemon as required. Add more water if needed, consistency should be like a thick cream.
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