The other day, I told my lovely neighbour, that I would make some Dairy free soup, but I lied !!. I did not start out that way, I had full intentions of doing exactly that but was thwarted, by ??
As Lockdown was announced, everyone was panic buying, Loo rolls? no, not me, I was more concerned about being able to get more basic items, like milk. Had I known or realised ( and I am sure that many people will be saying the same) that many shops, would remain open, then I would NEVER HAVE ORDERED from HOLLAND and Barrett. I ordered on March 25th odds and sods, nuts ( for cake making, granola making etc) and although they did not have Long Life milk, I noted that they had alternatives, such as Pea Milk. What could be wrong with that , I thought. Delivery was scheduled of April 2nd and here we are April 30th and only some of this order has arrived. AND despite several attempts to cancel, they have all been ignored.
Which brings me onto Pea Milk, which is one of the things that has been delivered. Perfect for making my soup, or so I thought.
My soup was going to be a white vegetable soup, so again this was seriously a bit of this and that. I took
- 3 leeks, chopped
- 4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 4 sticks celery chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- 1 litre of pea milk
That was for starters, I forgot to add the cauliflower. Sautéed the onion and the garlic, added the other vegetables, sautéed a bit more , poured in the stock, brought to th eboil, simmered until vegetables were soft. Gave them a blitz with my hand held blender stick. Returned it to the stove and then poured in the Pea Milk. Shock, Horror, it looked disgusting!, now I know what Almond Milk looks like, oat milk and Soya milk, but Pea Milk bears absolutely no comparison what so ever, it actually looks like a mug of weak tea gone cold!. Too Late, I had poured it in. Tasted, not too bad, but the colour!! and so this is where the dairy free episode ended.
- 600 mls double cream
- 2 tbsps corn flour
- 1 good squirt of harissa paste
- salt and pepper.
I mixed the cornflour with some of the cream and a little water to make it pour more easily, then added all to the stock pot. RESULT, the soup now looked good and tasted good as well.
The verdict from himself, “Umm interesting taste, but what is the underlying taste, BUT this is one of the best soups you have ever made !” ( and I do make soups, often)
So maybe not so bad after all. I served it with a little of the Walnut Pesto, frozen after the parsnip soup, of week one or two.
And we had a surprise, Willowy brunette had also been baking and dropped off ( doorstep delivery) a Poppy seed cake and some lemon/almond cakes! Umm!! Thanks Sophie !
AND the Bottom line is DO NOT BUY online from HOLLAND AND BARRETT