When the sky is all one color (grey) and you crave a bowl of something at once new and familiar, comforting and stirring to curl up with, look no further than this simple cream of celery soup. You can be down to fairly little in the icebox and still have the necessities to pull this together: cream or half & half (or even whole milk), a head of celery, some sort of allium, stock or broth, butter, a potato or two, and some herbs and spices.
This soup is nothing more or less than it claims to be: it is thinly luscious while boldly bearing the essence of celery. Adorned with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt, a drizzle of olive oil and some thick cut whole grain toast, this is a peasant's lunch fit for a midwinter queen.
Simple Cream of Celery Soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Makes about 6 servings
- 1 head celery, roughly chopped
- 1-2 Yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and chopped
- 1 large leek (or onion, shallot, etc.), sliced
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 Tbsp dried dill
- ½ cup half and half (or whole milk, heavy cream, etc.)
- Coarse sea salt, fresh black pepper, and pungent olive oil (for serving)
- Melt butter completely in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- To the pot, add celery, potato, leek (or onion, etc.) and garlic. Season with a bit of salt to start, (don't add much until you taste the soup).
- Cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until your allium is tender, about 8–10 minutes. Add broth to the pot and simmer until the potatoes and celery are tender, 8–10 more minutes. Stir in the dill.
- Purée using an immersion or standard blender.
- Wistfully stir in cream until combined. Taste and season accordingly.
- Serve soup topped with sea salt, pepper and olive oil, plunked with homemade croutons or accompanied by your favorite rustic bread.
In other news, I'm now a snow shoer. I ventured out into the grey mist yesterday with Chetney and listened to the waves crash against icicle-covered peers, rocking giant shards of ice and bobbing gulls in their wake.
Tomorrow I'm beginning a 30-day Minimalism Challenge from the blog Into Mind (found by way of Shutterbean's I Love Lists Friday). In 30 days I will complete 30 simple yet poignant tasks to pare down the stuff of life and in turn hopefully find more space in the every day. You can do the tasks in any order, and tomorrow I will begin with challenge number 2: "meditate for fifteen minutes." I plan to share my experiences with the 30 day challenge here regularly, if the "stuff of life" does not place itself too densely in my path. I'll be in touch. Stay warm friends.