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Friday, 16 December 2011

Cream of asparagus & watercress soup

Alright, ill openly admit its more of a late springtime dish., but im sure that by now, were aware of my love for asparagus, and also fond of the fact that it can be obtained year round from most supermarkets. I will maintian however, that its best in the late spring.

This recipe combines the use of standard larder ingredients and a means to make your asparagus go a bit further. if like me you buy about 4 bunches of asparagus per week, then youll notice that the woody end bits are also useful. I tend to store these bits in a tupperware in the freezer - they dont go off that way and any essential nutrients are still preserved quite well until you need them.

This is a wonderful soup for lunchtimes - and has a nice uplifting feel. Its also quite healthy too.

You will need:

Woody ends from about 4 bunches of asparagus
1/2 pint / 250 ml vegetable stock
Handful of fresh watercress
1/2 pint  bechamel  / white sauce

In one pan heat the bechamel gently, stirring occasionally. In a seperate pan combine your asparagus bits and the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 10 mins, then strain the stock into the bechamel.

Throw in your handful of watercress, then blend to a uniform consistency.

Garnish with parmesan shavings and / or lemon zest.

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