Or more accurately for the love of Mr E! Mr E likes broccoli, and particularly its reputation in cancer prevention. I note from Wikipedia that some people find it bitter. That would be me. I hate the stuff!
My 16 for 2016 is all about challenging myself in various ways. On the cookery front, to try to make things I have always said I would try, to increase my skills and to find new ways of preparing food. And then to write a blog post.
Cookery challenge number one is to find a way of eating broccoli,which if not delicious I can at least swallow! Plan one was to disguise the flavour with something strong which I do like. Stilton cheese.
The Stilton did not do its job well enough, the bitterness was there.
Next plan two was The food network, broccoli and stilton quiche.The problem was that this quiche had great lumps of broccoli sticking out, and I just didn’t like it.
Plan three, go back to soup and forget the Stilton.
Broccoli and watercress soup
It was NICE.
Recipe from my Good Housekeeping recipe book. It’s not on their webpage so here it is.
2 leeks trimmed and sliced
1-2 garlic cloves peeled and halved
2 bunches of watercress- what a daft amount that is I just guessed
25g plain white flour
600ml chicken stock
salt and pepper
150ml single cream
shavings of Parmesan cheese
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
Divide the broccoli into florets, and slice the stalks in small bits.
Cook gently in melted butter with the leeks and garlic, for 5 mins,stirring from time to time.
Add the watercress and stir frequently for 3 minutes. Add the flour and gradually add the stock.
Season and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Puree the soup and add the milk and cream and heat gently to warm.
Serve with the Parmesan and nutmeg to taste.
Only one problem. Mr E didn’t like the watercress!! GROWL!
Now does anyone have any brilliant ideas for broccoli recipes, please?