Broccoli and crumbly Cheshire cheese soup

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I make a lot of soup and experiment a lot with different flavours but as far as blogging goes they rarely appear- I think it's because soup doesn't make the exciting photographs! So here is my culinary diversion – a heart warming broccoli and crumbly Cheshire cheese soup.

You'll need

  • 4 banana shallots, halved
  • 50g butter
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 3 medium potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 litre of chicken stock ( if you not making this in a Thermomix TM go ahead and add 1.5 litre)
  • 800g broccoli, if you use the purple sprouting sort, it will produce a beautiful colour and flavour.
  • 300g Cheshire cheese – for a stronger flavoured use a mild blue ( we are not big on blue cheeses)
  • Seasoning
  • Crème fraîche croutons to garnish

Put the butter, shallots, celery and potatoes into TM bowl and chop speed 4, 7 seconds. Sauté for 7 minutes /100°/speed 1

Add the stock and cook for 12minutes/100°/speed1

Add the broccoli spears, seasoning and cook for around 3 minutes/100°/speed 1 until stalks tender. Do NOT overcook the broccoli – if you are using purple young broccoli it will require less time.

Purée speed8 until smooth.

Pop the crumbled cheese into TM bowl before serving.

To serve, add a swirl of crème fraîche and croutons, if using.

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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

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