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cream of potato and spinach soup

By April 17, 2012 No Comments

only it doesn’t really have spinach in it. cream of radish green and potato soup doesn’t actually sound very appetizing.

 

i miss a few things but one thing i am still not used to…is the lack of easily available green veggies (during the winter). i am really enjoying springtime and the new veggies it is bringing! remember this post where i first found wild leeks and beautiful radishes with greens? i knew then that i had to figure out how to use the greens. i miss leafy green veggies and can’t bear the thought of throwing anything leafy and green away! my first experiment was this meal – – and it wasn’t bad! i kind of made it up as i went along. i had one small-ish bunch of radish greens that i steamed with a chunk of neon orange pumpkin and a few carrots. i blended it with kefir (a drinkable yogurt) to make a cream soup base. separately i sauteed diced carrot, onion, potato and garlic in chicken stock with curry, salt and pepper. i stirred the veggies into the cream soup and it was a delicious curry – – pretty similar to mary’s secret garden in ventura, yum! the next day we ate it over rice and i think it was even better.

 

today i went shopping and every week i find more signs of fresh green produce! i bought wild leeks, baby spinach, baby sorrel, miniature bunches of leaf lettuce, green onions, fresh dill, fresh cilantro and more radishes with greens. when i got home i realized i still had a bunch of radish greens from last week that i hadn’t used yet. this time i didn’t have any neon orange pumpkin so i decided to try some sort of cream of potato soup. i washed and trimmed all my radish greens and i was a little intimidated at first. radish greens look like a LOT in the beginning and they can be a little gnarly and prickly. i peeled and diced two somewhat gigantic potatoes and steamed the potatoes and greens together with salt and pepper. while that was cooling, i sauteed two more potatoes, an onion, two carrots and half a bulb of garlic (all diced) in chicken stock. then i started blending the potato/greens mixture with water. the greens cooked down significantly but they still made everything an amazing and beautiful shade of green. why didn’t i think of this for st. patrick’s day?! i stirred all the cream soup into the cooked veggies, seasoned it with cumin, pepper and vegeta (a romanian/moldovian seasoned salt). i tasted it…and i am pleasantly surprised. it tastes like a cream of potato soup. just a lime-y green colored version. christian isn’t home yet so technically he hasn’t given his opinion but the kids like it. i think it tastes good with a {dollop?} of plain yogurt on top which for your normal person would be sour cream but i prefer the health benefits of yogurt for my girls. 🙂 i had mine with a little hot sauce and i think christian would have enjoyed some tastefully simple bacon bacon on his if we had it.

 

hopefully tomorrow i will post pictures of our easter weekend but i thought you might enjoy a glimpse of green soup until then.

 

Marie Klein Burtt

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