Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rosemary Potato Spinach Comfort Soup

My maternal granny was of Irish extraction-- her mother had the lovely name of Bell O'Hara (short for Isobel). She made four soups in my recollection: Campbell's Vegetable, Campbell's Cream of Mushroom, Campbell's Vegetable, and a thick, creamy, homemade potato soup that was actually like feasting on nothing but a big old plate of mashed spuds, and what child doesn't dream of that sort of meal? I never did get her recipe for potato soup, but I'm betting the ingredients were pretty simple: potatoes (peeled), water, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Along with something called 'milk toast', I always connect potato soup with my comforting little granny.

This version of potato soup is a little more complex, both where ingredients are concerned, and around flavors. It's still pretty comforting on a crisp day!

I live on Vancouver Island and marvel (after years in frostier climes) that I can nip outside and pick a fresh sprig of herb; in this case: rosemary



Rosemary Potato-Spinach Soup


*Scrub up *6 small- to medium-size organic Russet Potatoes, cut into 1/3s or 1/4s, or chopped up, jackets on

*Add Potatoes and the following to a large pot:

*Cold Water to cover

*1/2 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt (or to taste)

*1 C. Frozen chopped Organic Spinach

*Cook until tender.

*Pour 1/2 to 1/4 of the soup into the cannister of the Vita-Mix

*Add 1/2 Cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

*Add 4 T. fresh Rosemary (sprigs, stem)

*Add Black Pepper to taste

*Securely position the 2-part lid on the Vita-Mix container. Start at the Lowest Variable Speed and progress to the highest. Flip briefly over into high and process until smooth and creamy.

*Pour back into the original pot and stir to combine.

*Add more Pepper or Salt, as your taste dictates.

*Serve with sour dough buns. (I'm serving the soup in the picture in my granny's own "very best" Grindley Royal Petal soup plate.)
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