Thursday 18 July 2013

1st Attempt at Cream of Broccoli

I said I would move on to making Cream of Broccoli from scratch the last time I tried out the hand blender, so as promised, here's the recipe that we used (didn't follow the book exactly as we didn't have all the ingredients).

Ingredients for Cream of Broccoli:
1 litre of chicken stock
1 head of broccoli (chopped)
50g of butter
50g of flour
100g of leeks (diced)
100g of onions
100g of celery
200ml of cream
2 egg yolks

As usual, I roped in the Head Chef of my house (aka mum-in-law) to prepare and cook the soup.

Step 1: Ensure all ingredients are diced, sliced and sieved.

Chopped and cooked broccoli, diced onions, leeks & celery and cooked egg yolks
Sieved flour

Step 2: In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the Mirepoix (I had no idea what this meant until I googled), and stir for abour 5 minutes until soft.

Mirepoix = Leeks, onions & celery

Step 3: Add broccoli and flour and let it cook for a while.

Broccoli, which was later cut into smaller pieces with a scissors

Step 4: Add the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15-30 minutes until the broccoli is soft.

Simmering mixture

Step 5: Turn off the heat and puree the soup by using the Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender directly into the pan until smooth.

Use Turbo Power for quicker blending
After about 5-10 minutes of blending

Step 5: Heat the pan again and stir in the egg yolk and cream to desired consistency. Add pepper and viola, you're done!

1st attempt at Cream of Broccoli Soup!

On hindsight, we may have added too much leeks, onions and celery (we didn't like the taste). Decided that we only need to add 50g of onions in future. Also, we might have to either blend the mixture for longer or sieve it to make the soup smoother. Otherwise, the taste and consistency was just right. Not bad for a 1st attempt! =)

Try it yourself! If I can cook, anyone can! *laughs*

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DisclosureThis is Part 2 of a series of sponsored conversations on behalf of Philips Electronics Singapore. All opinions are my own.
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