Thursday, April 3, 2008

"B" is for Belgian Creme de Saute

Today's soup features the herb called "watercress" which I am not particularly familiar with in Canada, but which I see in a number of European recipes. I WILL get hold of some though, because it does sound like it has a number of very good qualities that I can use in my life: it is an antioxidant AND a diuretic. Those are two characteristics that I appreciate as I get older. I'm big on ORGANIC these days, so would definitely look for that in my purchase. It sounds like Cilantro in its claims to chelate toxins from the body.

Back to the Alphabet Soup idea... here is a soup recipe from "B" for Belgium called "Creme de Saute" that uses Watercress (I've also included a "living" or "raw" watercress soup recipe in the Whirled Soup Ezine>> you might want to subscribe to that to get that recipe... see the sidebar to sign up<<< )

Creme de Saute
(Belgian Watercress Soup)

1/2 C. blanched organic Almonds, soaked in 1 C. Water overnight
1/2 C. washed, dried, finely chopped Watercress leaves
1 pound diced organic Potato
1 thinly sliced Onion
1 T. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp. Sweetener (such as organic granulated cane sugar)
Celtic Sea Salt and Cayenne to taste
1-2 litres/quarts of filtered Water

Simply whirl up the Almonds and water until a thick cream is produced. Leave the almond cream in the Vita-Mix Cannister.

Fry up the Watercress, Potato and Onion in the Coconut Oil in a large
pan or wok just until the onion is beginning to be translucent.

Stir in the Sweetener and other seasonings.

Add with Water to the Vita-Mix cannister. Secure the 2-part lid in
place. Beginning with the Lowest Variable Speed, increase the speed
gradually until the higest Variable Speed is reached, and then flip over into the High speed and process until homogenous.

Sprinkle with a few fresh, finely chopped watercress.


This is the sort of handy-dandy parsley chopper my European mother-in-law used:
Bethany Mezzaluna Vegetable Chopper

*thanks to Reinhold Tscherwitschke at for the watercress image
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Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

That sounds awesome! Beautiful picture too. So healthy!

VeganCowGirl said...

Hey yah! Being a Canadian who moved to Brussels last year, I admit to being curious about the use of watercress....which was on sale at every market stall.

But I have learned to love the little green, which is sold on market in cute little bunches. I will totally use this soup recipe...and add you to my blog roll!

Yum Yum!

Cynthia said...

Hey, thanks VeganCowGirl for your comment-- I guess I will have to get on here and blog again... I've got so many projects on the go that this poor blog on Soups has kind of slumped... but Fall/Winter is coming up and I know people love soups at that time of the year! I'm going to go over and check out your blog as well. Have a fabulous day!