Ok, so it’s been a while since I submitted a post and for that I am sorry – mostly to myself, but also to anyone who might have been following me. I did that life-upheaval thing and dropped my job, my home and my life in Australia and moved across the other side of the world to London. But there’s a happy ending to this particular story – I did it all in pursuit of love. More specifically, my love of acting and the pursuit of a career; and the whirlwind love of a crazy Irishman who happened to be setting sail back home. And so here I am in the theatrical homeland with a warm heart.
But this is where the warm and fuzzy ends and the war on winter begins… Now, I was warned about the cold and the rain and the grey, grey skies, but the realisation of what that actually means is only just setting in to this little Aussie. As someone with bad circulation, a weak immune system, and a general preference for sunshine and warm weather, I’m on the lookout for some extra strength winter warmers this year. The mittens, the coats, the scarves, the beanies, the stockings under the socks, the triple-topped, double-jumpered partridge in a pear tree act just ain’t gonna cut it.
And so my first plan of attack is possibly a predictable move – but a good one, nonetheless. Enter my favourite immune-boosting, creamy, Going Green soup.
- 2 broccoli heads and stems roughly chopped
- 2 tblsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped (or 1 tsp of crushed)
- 1 tsp lemongrass, crushed
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
- 1 red chilli, chopped finely (optional)
- sea salt to taste
- 1 handful fresh mint or coriander
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- ¼ cup coconut milk (optional)
- handful of slithered almonds to garnish (optional)
In a large heavy bottom saucepan heat coconut oil and add garlic, ginger, lemongrass and chilli (if using) for about a minute. Then add the celery and cook through
Add the broccoli, including the stems, and pour in stock.
Bring to boil, reduce heat and add seasoning and herbs .
Simmer for 15 minutes and stir in coconut milk .
Place in blender or blitz with a stick and blend together until smooth. I like to leave mine a little chunky as a little reminder of all the goodness I’m eating.
Garnish with slithered almonds and enjoy!
Alternatives and options…
I often mix things up by substituting a broccoli head for a range of different green vegetables. For this particular brew I threw in kale, spinach, zucchini…the list is endless!
I also don’t always have lemongrass or ginger on hand. These are interchangeable or alternatively easily left out, but they add a little extra zing and goodness that I, for one, can’t go passed. Chilli is another of those ingredients that you can take or leave, but again, I say the hot and spicier, the better!