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Roasted Garlic, Cauliflower and Celeriac Soup

We woke this morning to a beautiful, crisp winter’s day.  Although the temperature remained at a steady minus 12 degrees Celsius and the wind felt bitter on the ears,  we finally had glorious sunshine.

When I was a young teenager growing up in northern Ontario, my friends and I would rush on days like today to the roof of our house.  Once up top, we would open up our scarves and remove our hats to catch every bit of the sun’s rays.  We would lie there for some time dreaming of our plans for the upcoming Spring.  Today, I settled for a nice walk around town and some time in the kitchen making a hearty, wholesome soup – as to not startle my fine neighbours.

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This recipe had me at roasted garlic! How can you go wrong with roasted garlic?

It also contains that knobby, hairy root vegetable called celeriac.  If you are not sure what a celeriac looks like, check out my post for a Creamy (No Dairy) Celery Root Salad.

A medium potato and cooked cauliflower are used to thicken this soup making it super creamy and rich without the addition of dairy.  Hemp seeds were scattered on top in an attempt to garnish.  I served a bowl of this soup this afternoon with some large pieces of flatbread I made overnight in my dehydrator.  The soup warmed our bellies and kept us going throughout the afternoon.

This soup recipe comes from a magazine that has been such a great resource since our family decided our home would be gluten-free.  Living Without is a magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities.  Not only are all the recipes gluten-free, but many are vegan or can easily be adapted to suit a vegan diet.  Roasted Garlic, Cauliflower and Celeriac Soup was published in their October/November 2011 issue.  The only change I made was substituting the stock for my favourite gluten-free, vegan stock.

My next post will feature the flatbread served with this delicious soup. 

Creamy (No Dairy) Celery Root Salad with Candied Walnuts and Hemp Seeds

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I always chuckle when I toss this knobby, slightly hairy, root vegetable into my grocery cart.  I just love the reaction I get when I place it on the cashier’s belt while waiting in line at the check-out.

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Celery root, also known as celeriac, is one ugly looking vegetable.  But don’t judge it by its cover!  It’s flavour is unique – a taste of celery and parsley combined.  With the texture of a turnip, celery root can be enjoyed in soups or stews.  But, our favourite way of eating this highly nutritious vegetable is raw.

Traditionally, our family has eaten celery root grated and tossed with yogurt and sour cream.  In a mean craving for the same delicious salad,  I decided to replicate an old family recipe by replacing the dairy with my own cashew cream.  The result was heavenly! Just like Oma’s!

CREAMY (NO DAIRY) CELERY ROOT SALAD

dressing:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (soak in water in fridge overnight, then drain and rinse well)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (I used Santa Cruz organic lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • freshly ground pepper

Puree cashews, water and sea salt in a food processor.  Add remaining ingredients and process until dressing is smooth.  Transfer dressing to a large glass bowl.

salad:

Celery root must be peeled and rinsed well prior to eating.  It also tends to darken quickly once peeled, so its best to toss it with some lemon juice (if you are still preparing your dressing). 

Once grated, transfer the celery root immediately to your glass bowl and toss it with the dressing to prevent discolouration.  Toss salad with walnuts and hemp seeds prior to serving.

Bon appetit!