Cauli-Zuke Soup

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Five a day! Cauliflower and zucchini can be found in most grocery stores throughout the year. Cauliflower possesses a high nutritional density. It’s low in fat, low in carbs, but high in dietary fiber, folate, an vitamin C. Zucchini is treated as a vegetable in a culinary context even though botanically, it’s an immature fruit. It’s low in calories and high in folate, potassium, vitamin A and manganese. Serve with crusty bread and roasted garlic.

Cauli-Zuke Soup
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  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 two-pound head of cauliflower, cut into medium size florets
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1” pieces
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart chicken broth (vegetarian version substitute vegetable broth)
  • 4 cups water
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • thyme leaves for garnish
  • dash of nutmeg for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter. Add olive oil. Add the onion, shallots, and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cauliflower, thyme and bay leaf and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower starts to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the zucchini, broth, and water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Simmer on low until the cauliflower is softened, about 30 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Puree the soup until smooth.
  5. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, thyme leaves, and nutmeg.

cauli soup on table

I paired this elegant soup with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, crisp and not aggressively grassy. It is typically consumed young, and does not particularly benefit from aging.

Movie night suggestion: The World’s Fastest Indian (2005). The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins), who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle. A bike that helped him set the land-speed record at Utah’s Bonneville Flats in 1967. I also suggest Flight of the Conchords, a TV series about a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom.