celeriac soup

i know celeriac soup sounds like something you'd find on those yoghurt-weaver websites set up by farms and farm shops (in an attempt to fnd uses for unloved vegetables, their recipes are always a bit rubbish - i once ended up whizzing up spinach and tomatoes in a blender - i KNEW it was wrong before i did it) but this was actually really really nice. i stole it from http://orangette.blogspot.com/. she sings praises to it but i must admit i was slightly sceptical. it was, however, a pleasant surprise. everyone else liked it too - hours later, r asks: "was it really just celeriac in there?"

the soup tastes a little bit like celery but it's creamier and starchier and somehow both wintery and fresh. this particular celeriac has been in and out of the fridge for about three weeks and i figured it was time to do something with it.

for four

1 celeriac ('bigger than a baseball', according to r, though i thought it was bigger than a softball too.
actually i have no idea what either of those look like. this bulb just looked celeriac-sized to me).

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 or 2 stalks celery

1 leek

500ml chicken or veg stock

olive oil

salt and pepper

1 bay leaf

100ml milk

chop up all the veg and then fry the onion, garlic, celery and leek on low heat until they are soft but not brown. this probably takes at least ten minutes. add the celeriac, chopped into cubes (maybe 2cmx2cm), fry for a couple of minutes and then add the stock, bay leaf and seasoning. simmer for 45 minutes and then take out the bay leaf and whizz in a blender till smooth. it will be thick so thin it with milk or even some more stock, until it gets to the soup consistency you like.

no picture, though you can see the empty bowls on the side.


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