Tuesday, March 09, 2010

what's for dinner: cauliflower bisque. alternate title: we can almost photograph our kitchen.

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but I never take pictures there because it has always been a stunning mix of bad 80’s remodel and horrible institutional green paint. Nate is currently attempting to check #9 off of my 33 things list: Remodel the kitchen.

It’s a little nuts, but I still have a working kitchen and I am now able to take pictures in at least part of it. The little laundry corner got a fresh coat of paint about a month ago when my parents came down and took pity on us. Nate also refinished the existing wood floors in the laundry and bathrooms. They look fantastic.

To celebrate, I give you a shot of my newly refinished floors and an easy, delicious meal. Here goes:

Cauliflower Bisque
A good 1-2 T of coconut oil
1 medium onion
2 stalks celery
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 T curry powder
8 c stock (I've used vegetable or chicken)
4 T brown rice
4 cloves garlic
1 T butter
pinch sea salt
pinch red pepper flakes
3-4 handfuls greens (kale is my favorite, but whatever you have will work)

Heat oil in soup pot over medium. Add onion & celery. Cook til they start to get soft. Add curry powder & cauliflower. Cook 3-5 minutes more. Cover with stock. Add rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cook about 20 minutes more, or until everything is tender. Blend it on high in the blender in batches.

Heat 1 T butter in a clean pan. Add salt, garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir for maybe 1 minute. You don't want the garlic to brown. Add greens. Saute until they are bright green, about 3 minutes.

Ladle soup into bowls. Top with greens. Place on new floor. Take photos. Eat. Repeat. Enjoy.


katie said...

did you eat on the floor too?
That soup sounds right up our alley, thanks for the recipe, I will be adding that to our rotation next week! I made an amazing butternut squash and carmalized onion flatbread, topped with ceasered up arugula on saturday... soooo good, might be next post, we need to do a potluck!

Jennipher said...

that sounds awesome...and your floors look good enough to eat too.

Their Giant said...

Post that recipe. You know how I feel about butternut squash.