I I feel that finally I’ve cracked winter and spring green growing for years I’d had a few successes but never enough to make more than a token gesture at dinner time. Its the end of February and we’ve had Leeks, Artichokes, Salad leaf and 5 types of brassica all ready for the kitchen for the past few months. In a bid to celebrate this bounty I decided to make a ‘half the garden soup’ with what I had to hand in the veg patch.
5 Cabbage Kale Yard Soup
Bunch of Cavolo Nero
Bunch of Russian Kale
Bunch of Curly Kale
Bunch of Spring Cabbage
Bunch of left over Wild Cabbage or you could use Purple sprouting Broccoli leaves
4 medium Potatoes (the last of my pink fur apples I had in store/had forgotten about)
5 cloves of Garlic
Veg or Chicken stock
Sprig of sage and thyme
Wash and chop the leeks, Crush the Garlic and add to a large pan with a knob of butter and the chopped herbs, let them all sweat. As that’s doing its thing wash and remove the tougher stalks from the Cavolo Nero and the Curly kale but the others should be fine as they soften quicker, chop then add them to the pan. This allows them to wilt. Next add your stock. At this point I put the soup into a food mixer as we don’t have a hand blender, with the potato and blitz keeping a bit of texture. Add a vigorous twist of black pepper and a pinch of salt and simmer for 10 mins. You could add chilli which would have been good but I wanted the taste of the garden.
Serve with cream if your greedy like me, and a huge crusty bread. done grew it ate it!