Hello everyone! It seems like forever since I’ve posted. Paul and I just got back from our 7-day Bermuda cruise and it was fabulous! I had meant to give a proper send off last Thursday evening with a cauliflower pizza crust I was working on, however that turned out to be somewhat of a kitchen disaster. Not quite post-worthy if you know what I mean.
Anywho, as I’ve mentioned before I absolutely HATE wasting food. I did my best to plan our perishable shopping accordingly before we left. I would call it a success, because while we were gone we had only one refrigerator causality; a half eaten english cucumber. Fair enough. However, the next thing on its way out was almost an entire package of celery. Gasp! I opened up our (useless) crisper to find that most of the bunch had become somewhat wiggly and wilty, a sure sign it had to be eaten and it had to be eaten now. Well, rather than eating an entire bunch of raw celery I decided to make a batch of Celery Soup! This was new to me, but definitely a great way to use up leftover celery. Next time I would maybe add some carrots to the mix too.
- 4 tbl margarine
- 1 batch celery (about 6 cups); chopped
- 1 medium onion; chopped
- 4 cloves garlic; minced
- 2 medium potatoes; peeled and cubed
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tbl flour
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- Pepper & Salt
Heat a soup pot to medium heat. Melt butter and add onions, garlic and celery. Saute for a few minutes then lower heat and cover pot with top. Allow veggies to steam for about 10 minutes. Continually check and stir.
Take the soup of the heat and remove bay leaf. Use an impulsion blender, or work in small batches pureeing the mixture in a regular blender. Pour pureed soup back into pot. Bring soup to a medium heat.
In a separate measuring cup, whisk together flour, milk and a 1/2 cup of pureed soup. Whisk well. Pour this mixture back into the soup and incorporate well. Allow soup to simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add thyme and season with salt and pepper too taste.