Potage Blanc | Introducing Super Soup Sunday!

Posted by: on Feb 24, 2014 | 18 Comments

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There is something about the mountains. The snow. The spaciousness. The sensation of being absolutely invincible when you swoosh down the slopes on a pair of skis. There is something about breathing into the silence and hearing only that breath. There is no buzz, no blinking lights and no background chatter. There is only this. A blank page.

These days I feel like a sponge absorbing everything, but the everything I absorb is only from my personal atmosphere. There is no room for anything else but the core. There are no decorations hanging around in my thoughts and nothing unnecessary is squeezed in. It’s like my brain and heart and soul decided it was time for a break. Call it boring, call it isolating, call it dull. I think I’m going to call it self-preservation. Because isn’t it just easier to fill ourselves to the top with ”stuff”. Other peoples opinions, new plans, old plans. Our brain just keeps on chewing, afraid that we’ll miss something insanely important. I’m welcoming the break and I think I can handle the stuff that I ”miss”. Up north, surrounded by the mountains of Åre with white snow under my feet (skis), silence and a calm yet grand rawness, nature reflected how I felt. Majestic, deeply rooted and calm. Simplicity, plain, feeling satisfied, dreaming and longing but mostly loving the now. A blank page

It may sound like I’m rambling so let me get to the point: If the way I’m feeling at the moment was a meal, it would be soup. Simple, calm and most definitely a blank page. Plus, what could be better suited on a Sunday then a cosy bowl of soup to crawl up on the couch with? Nothing! Do you guys know what this means? Super Soup Sunday is SO ON!

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Fun &  Fabulous Facts

Introducing Super Soup Sunday!

A couple of years ago I remember realizing that we had soup almost every Sunday. At the time (with no baby to enjoy and entertain) I also used to watch Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday at the end of each week (I’ve you’ve missed that show – check it out asap!). As a result of these two colliding events I decided to name our accident tradition ‘Super Soup Sunday’ and it ended up being perfect in so many ways.

So, what’s so super about soup? For me, soup on a Sunday means gifting yourself with that blank page for the week ahead as well as calmly digesting the week that gone by. Plus it’s a good restful place for new things to sprout. We all know everything starts/is decided/determined in our belly so if our belly is calm, rested and stable – the decisions we make and the things we attract will reflect just that. Hooray! Major want!

Making and eating soup sort of feels like giving yourself a break and rightly so (not only due to the very few dishes you have to wash afterwards). Even though soup still has it’s fiber intact it’s sort of like juicing, meaning it’s a great way to give our digestive system a break and still enjoy a filling meal packed with nutritious, boosting and detoxifying vegetables. Eating soup is a supportive and gentle cleanse that puts chewing and digesting solid foods on pause. If you think Sundays are for pausing, raise your hand. All in favor of? Good, let’s make Super Soup Sundays a thing!

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Potage Blanc | Roasted White Vegetable Soup

When spring is around the corner, white becomes the new black. Roasted cauliflower, parsnip and garlic makes a glorious soup when paired with sauteed onions and raw apples and the velvety texture is like enjoying a (nutritious) fluffy cloud. Make sure you are using a really fresh garlic otherwise the whole soup will be spoiled. If there is any rancid smell or darker mushy cloves when you halve the garlic, throw it away and go find a good one.

Serves 2-4
1 cauliflower

3 large parsnips
1 whole garlic
1 yellow onion
2 small winter apples, cored
3 cups water

1/2 tbsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp good quality salt
1/3 tsp white pepper
1 knob ghee/virgin coconut oil

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F2. Rinse cauliflower and cut in 4 equally big chunks. Save one piece for serving. Rinse and divide parsnips in 4. Halve garlic (keep the peel on). Put cauliflower, parsnips and garlic on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven. Roast for 20 minutes or until golden and soft.
3. Peel and chop the onion. Heat ghee/coconut oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Add onion and cook until translucent (around 2 minutes).
4. Add water and spices to the saucepan. Heat to boiling then turn off the heat then add to a high speed blender along with the roasted vegetables and cored apples. Blend until creamy and very smooth. Season to taste with more salt or pepper.

To serve
Thinly slice the last piece of cauliflower using a mandolin slicer or a really sharp knife. Pour soup into bowls, add a sprinkle of chili flakes, chipotle chili powder and a drizzle or virgin olive oil. Arrange the raw cauliflower on top of the soup and serve.

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When you need to give yourself a break, what kind of grounding soup do you lean on? Share your personal potage!

With hopes of sensational, calm and soul-filled Sundays with many more Earthsprout super soups to come!

A blank page and spacious cosy time,

°°Elenore°°

 Ps. Just look at the cauliflower up there, isn’t it the most gorgeous being you’ve ever seen? Rawr!

18 Comments

  1. Amanda Riepel
    24 februari, 2014

    My dear, your words are like balsam to my soul. I am also in the process of self-preserving. Always making plans and hearing only what everyone else has to say is draining. Enjoy the break. Sometimes it’s just absolutely necessary.

    Gorgeous recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

    Sending you lots of peace and love always.

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  2. Leah
    24 februari, 2014

    I love how cauliflower slivers look like snow frosted trees! beautiful and inspirational xoxo thank you!

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    • Erika
      5 mars, 2014

      I know eh? I can’t wait to try that out with my mandolin. Beautiful as always Elenore!

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  3. Chelsea
    24 februari, 2014

    This looks wonderful! I’m all for Soup Sundays!!

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  4. Maryam
    24 februari, 2014

    My fave go-to is roasted red pepper, onion and pumpkin soup – So nommieee

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  5. The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    24 februari, 2014

    Sometimes a plain homemade tomato & basil soup with chunky sourdough slices and lots of vegan butter is all I need. It’s the little things :) Lately I just throw whatever vegetables I happent to have in the fridge, add some spices at random and see how it turns out. It’s not half bad most of the time!

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  6. Jade
    24 februari, 2014

    Elenore! Like Amanda said up there.
    You are such a wonderful, delightful writer, and the passionate spirit that moves and speaks through you is just – food for everyone else. I love what you do! And I love what you give. This soup is gorgeous, and very unique. Can’t wait to give it try. Love the beautiful cauliflower slices on top.
    Love <3

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  7. Harriet
    24 februari, 2014

    I am a serious soup fiend, and this one looks especially amazing! Roasting before pureeing is also one of my favourite methods. I love the combo of cauli + apples. XX

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  8. Lane | Green Spirit Adventures
    25 februari, 2014

    This soup is after my heart. I am an avid lover of all soups and stews, but this one looks especially phenomenal! I can’t wait to try it!
    One of my favorite go-to soups is one I came up with last winter; it’s filled with sweet potatoes, carrots, caramelized onions, pumpkin puree and tomatoes and I love it to death.

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  9. Ema
    26 februari, 2014

    Ohh this looks wonderful, I’m definitely going to make it at the weekend..Thank you for yet another scrumptious recipe!
    My favourite soups are roast beetroot with tangy cashew cheese, or celeriac and apple.. creamy!!

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  10. hannah
    1 mars, 2014

    This looks like a lovely weekend winter bowl of comfort! What sort of apples did you use? :)

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  11. Brittany
    15 mars, 2014

    Just wondering if there is any chance that you have a cookbook, because I would totally buy it. I have your 30 breakfast app and I just love it.
    Thank you for all these recipes, they have really helped me in maintaining my health.

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  12. Heather
    20 mars, 2014

    Oh thank you for this wonderful soup recipe, lovely Eleanor!! It looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it out! Reading your recipes and stories makes my day and lifts my spirit, I always have a smile on my face after reading your words. Thank you!

    Many blessings to you!

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  13. Millie
    20 mars, 2014

    Thank you sooo much for a truly delicious recipe!
    The beautiful things in life are often also simple!
    It is a pleasure reading your blog.
    Many blessings!

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  14. Georgina
    21 mars, 2014

    I just got the most magnanimous box of parsnips from the local organic farm, now I know what to do with them other than roasting and slaw!

    Many thanks Elenore! x

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  15. Missy
    21 mars, 2014

    I have Sunday dinner every week at my house for my kids..family.. realy who ever shows up.. I love to have soup in the crockpot for whenever anyone shows up.. Thank you for another great family gathering recipie!!

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  16. Lauren
    22 mars, 2014

    Hi Elenore – this looks so lovely and nourishing. Can you recommend a soup for an 8 month pregnant woman (me!) with a terrible cold/cough? More than 10 days of this and I’m running out of remedies to relieve the congestion.
    Any suggestions are welcome! :)

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  17. NY
    24 mars, 2014

    I just made this soup yesterday and it was quite lovely. Other than the apple (which may have been due to the fact that I did not use a winter apple since I was unable to find one), I enjoyed it and look forward to having for the next couple days ~

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