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Potato and Rocket Soup
Wed 1-Jun-11
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Sooliz
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Serves 6

  • 50g butter
  • 2 onions peeled and chopped
  • 2 (or more, according to taste) chopped cloves garlic
  • 600g medium or large waxy potatoes, diced (peeled if not new)
  • 1.2 litres chicken stock
  • 100 ml milk
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 200g rocket

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  • crème fraîche
  • extra rocket
 

 

  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat, add the onions
    and garlic, and fry for 6-7 minutes until soft and glossy, stirring occasionally
    and without colouring.
  2. Add the potatoes, the chicken stock and some seasoning, then simmer over a
    low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the milk
    then add the rocket, which will wilt instantly.  Cool slightly then purée the
    soup in a blender " it will be smooth but flecked with green.
  3. Ladle into warm soup bowls and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche and a
    few rocket leaves, chopped if wished.

I have tweaked the original recipe (which was in one of the Sunday paper magazines, I forget which one).  I added some chopped thyme and sage from the garden, and used milk instead of white wine as stated in the original recipe (as I didn't have any!).  I also reduced the amount of garlic....the recipe suggested using a whole head of garlic eeek but as husband isn't that fond of it, I only used 2 cloves.

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Wed 1-Jun-11
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That's smashing, thank you Sue.  I shall have to fiddle with the amounts since I would be the only one eating it.

I'll try that again!

Wed 1-Jun-11
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You're welcome, TA.  I expect it would freeze alright, if you make loads.

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Wed 1-Jun-11
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I think that would only work if I had a freezer...whistle big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Wed 1-Jun-11
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Brilliant, Sue. Any soup with spuds in is soul food for my gene pool. big_laugh

We would definitely be adding more garlic.

Must keep my eyes peeled for rocket on the CFC. i_am_hungry

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Wed 1-Jun-11
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Toffeeapple said:

I think that would only work if I had a freezer...whistle big_laugh

 

And I thought we'd moved into the dark ages down here in Somerset eeekbig_laugh

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Fri 3-Jun-11
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I've never tried cooking with rocket before but since ours is growing quite well this year, I might freeze any spare leaves until I've got enough to give it a go. I've already got some spuds in the freezer

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Sat 4-Jun-11
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Mike, the rocket isn't really cooked but added at the end, it might be too strong a flavour if cooked.  Doesn't yours stay all year round?  Mine does.

I'll try that again!

Sat 4-Jun-11
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TA, you are lucky that yours lasts all year, especially this last year. Usually annual rocket lasts through the winter here, but not this year. And my big perennial rocket was killed--normally it loses its leaves in the winter but survives. I think I have one small perennial rocket plant, but the rocket I planted a few weeks ago failed to grow, most unusually!

Sat 4-Jun-11
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Barbara, I think mine must be perennial, it's been with me for a fair few years now and there are always a few leaves to be had from it. The only thing I lost last winter was my huge Lavender bush.

I'll try that again!

Sat 4-Jun-11
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Losing a lavender bush is hard! I thought I had lost one, but trimmed it and found it was fine. I lost a pittosporum I was growing to return privacy to the garden (lots of trees on the other side of the wall were cut down a few years ago, and this had just about grown to the height of the wall), most of my sea beet, bulbs in pots, and my large pittosporum was scorched on one side--not the side I see, but the one facing the nasty new houses laugh  And the cork oak lost all its leaves, and I am not sure yet how much of it is alive. 

Sat 4-Jun-11
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That must have upset you rather a lot Barbara, to lose those.  My Lavender was about 15 years old so it had come to the end of its life anyway but it had been a magnificent specimen, the flower spikes would spread all over the driveway.  I shall miss it,l greatly.

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Sat 4-Jun-11
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Toffeeapple said:

That must have upset you rather a lot Barbara, to lose those.  My Lavender was about 15 years old so it had come to the end of its life anyway but it had been a magnificent specimen, the flower spikes would spread all over the driveway.  I shall miss it,l greatly.

Yes, I am not happy about it all. I am sure you will miss the lavender, it sounds magnificent. I hate the way lavender and thyme and rosemary eventually just die, of cold or old age.

I just looked for my rocket, and the poor plant is about 6 inches tall, with enough leaves to keep it alive but none for me to pick yet. cry

Sat 4-Jun-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Mike, the rocket isn't really cooked but added at the end, it might be too strong a flavour if cooked.  Doesn't yours stay all year round?  Mine does.

Our rocket always bolts after a couple of months so I've never managed to keep it going all year without replanting constantly. I might leave some to see what happens.

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Sun 5-Jun-11
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Mike, try perennial rocket too. For annual rocket, I just put the flowers, or buds, into salad, when it starts to bolt--if it is producing too many shoots that are flowering for me to eat them I compost them. I get away with one, or sometimes two, sowings per year that way.

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