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ROASTED CELERIAC POMEGRANATE AND APPLE SOUP

May 3, 2010
I discovered something the other day that greatly excited me….at the same time as I have gone into gourmet soup making mode Woolworths Taste  is running a competition to find the best soup. The winner takes home R50,000 worth of Woolworths vouchers AND their soup gets added into the winter range of Woolworths soups for 2011. How exciting!!!

 

I had meant to blog about it earlier but didn’t quite get there what with the time it took for me to close down my Kitchen Diary blog. I have just popped over to the Taste online website and I see the competition closeD 15 minutes ago at midnight tonight so if you have not submitted your soup recipes by now it is too late!!
 
The first soup that I submitted was my Carrot Ginger and Honey recipe that we all enjoyed so much.
The second soup was one I had never tried before. In fact I had only ever seen the ingredient for this soup on television and not in real life. SO the other day when I was rooting around (pun intended)  in Woolworths in the fresh produce fridges I discovered that they had celeriac in stock. I grabbed the last two of the hideous looking bulbs and popped them into my trolley before anyone else could get them. They are obviously popular seeing as they sold out. And when I have been back I have been unable to find any again…. I sat for a day pondering what to make with these ugly round root thingies and eventually had a lightbulb moment and thought Ishall make a kickass roasted celeriac soup! So that is what I did and darling brownieboy told me it is “stunning”….high praise indeed from the ruling member of the party of them what eat soup with long teeth…. :o) Both he and our dinner guest from the other night could not decide which was the better one of the two so suggested I send them both in so that is what I did.
Here is my second entrant into the soup competition:

  

ROASTED CELERIAC POMEGRANATE & APPLE SOUP

ROASTED CELERIAC, POMEGRANATE & APPLE SOUP

Serves 6 to 8  

Ingredients:  

2 Large Celeriac bulbs
2 Onions – unpeeled and cut into quarters 

2 Granny Smith Apples
4 Cloves Garlic – left whole unpeeled
1 Sweet Potato 

3 stalks Table celery – chopped
1,5 liters Chicken or Vegetable stock – I used vegetable 

30ml Olive Oil 

1 Lemon – Juice & finely grated zest 

10ml Runny Honey
60ml Verlaque Persian Pomegranate Balsamic Reduction 

5ml Fennel Seeds
5ml Fresh Thyme leaves picked from the stalks
20ml Fresh Tarragon – difficult to find so use 5ml dried if needed
1 small pack Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
250 – 500ml Milk
Salt and white pepper to taste 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 180ºC.  

Peel and chop the celeriac into cubes. Place immediately into a bowl of water with some lemon juice added to it. 

Peel and cube the sweet potato and place into the bowl with the celeriac  

Peel and chop the apples into cubes and place in the lemon water with the celeriac and sweet potato  

Drain the vegetable and apple cubes, pat dry then place, together with the onion wedges and the cloves of garlic, into a large roasting tin  

Mix together half the olive oil, the Verlaque balsamic reduction, honey, lemon zest, fennel seeds, thyme leaves, salt flakes and cracked white pepper 

Drizzle this over the veggies in the roasting tin and use your hands to toss them together well then roast for about 30 minutes until the veggies are tender and lightly caramelized. Stir and turn the veg half way through roasting  

While the veggies are roasting in the oven heat the remaining olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery and sauté for a few minutes until soft and glazed.  

Add the roasted vegetables, removing the peels from the onions and squeezing the garlic out of their skins into the pot, the hot stock, chopped parsley and tarragon and bring to a rolling boil while stirring. Reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the veggies are all tender.  

Remove from heat and cool slightly before blending in the pot with a hand held stick blender until velvety smooth and creamy  

Return to heat and add the milk, using as much of the milk that you require to reach the consistency that you want. I liked it quite thick.  

Taste then season with salt and freshly cracked white pepper and simmer until just heated through. If the soup is too tart for you add a bit more honey at this stage 

Serve with a wedge of caramelized apple, garlic croutons and some pomegranate jewels if you have them. I used onion sprouts to garnish mine as I did not have the pomegranate seeds. 

  

Cooks Notes: 

I found that while working with the celeriac it starts to discolour very quickly so popped it into lemon water which helped. 

The roasting brings out stronger, sweeter flavours in the vegetables 

This soup has a wonderful creaminess and a tartish flavour from the lemon and the pomegranate concentrate. The honey just balances it out nicely.  

To all those who have entered their soup recipes for this competition I wish you all the very best of luck. May the best soup win!! :o) 

Colleen xx 

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2010 1:42 AM

    It sounds delicious Colleen. I’m a big fun of roasted vegetable soups. That is such a lovely spoon with beads in the photo. Does it have a story?

    • May 5, 2010 1:43 AM

      Hey Barbara, thanx for that. The spoon is a wooden spoon.I believe it is from somewhere in Africa, Kenya possibly. A friend gave it to me. I thought it makes a pretty prop for my food photies….xx

  2. May 3, 2010 4:50 AM

    What a SOUPer idea for a soup. I’m still not sure what celeriac is and shall have to look for it in the stores here. All the best for the competition. It would be awesome to win that great prize!

    • May 5, 2010 1:45 AM

      Thanx Chez, it would be souper to win hehe..Celeriac is the root part of celery that grows into a large round bulbous thing. It is not a pretty vegetable at all. But it is just so delicious. I was thrilled with this soup. Hope you find one and try some dishes with it. Hugs xx

  3. May 3, 2010 8:09 AM

    Best, best, best of luck Colleen, you deserve to win.
    This is a very unusual combination of ingedients and I am sure it’s delicious.
    Wonderfully presented too.

    • May 5, 2010 1:46 AM

      Thanx so much Cindy. I really enjoyed playing around with recipes and making these soups and they really are all delicious. I have just had a hot mug full and am now off to bed. Its so late…hugs to you xxx

  4. frootie-maureen permalink
    May 3, 2010 8:28 AM

    Hey Brownielady 🙂 WOW WOW WOW, what a stunning post. If they dont choose one of your soups then they are crazy. How inventful are you!!
    I shall be “rooting” (no pun intended) for you for sure
    xxx

    • May 5, 2010 8:50 AM

      Nice to see you here frootz…thank you so much for your lovely comment. Hugs to you xx

  5. May 3, 2010 10:35 AM

    Well, Colly I hope the Woolworths lot is prepared for what is coming their way!!! Simply delicious!!!

    • May 5, 2010 8:51 AM

      One can only hope so Nina. Hope they dont get all souped out with all the recipes they got :o) Thanx so much xx

  6. May 3, 2010 11:30 AM

    I found you too!!!!

    • May 5, 2010 8:54 AM

      Yaaaay!!! Nice to see you here granny. Hugs and keep warm xx

  7. May 3, 2010 1:42 PM

    Yum! Celeriac is a revelation isn’t it? Goes fantastically well with blue cheese too. I saw a recipe for a celeriac gratin (similar to potato fondant) that I want to try soon. Also have you ever tried grating them and mixing with mayo for a remoulade that is great with all things fishy?XX

    • May 5, 2010 8:55 AM

      Oooooh Forage I tell you I fell in love with this vegetable. It sure is a revelations. You have me salivating now with that gratin…I guess blue cheese crumbled into the soup would be good too! Thanx :o) xx

  8. bigbigjoe permalink
    May 4, 2010 9:27 AM

    Jeez, can’t even turn my back and someone’s stirring the souppot again! This looks scrumptious- methinks I’ll give it a go over the weekend. Please mail me, I need to have a word…

    • May 5, 2010 8:57 AM

      Hehe! Morning bigbigjoe nice to see you here. Thanx so much for the visit and comment. I’m sure you will enjoy this soup. Mailing you now..xx

  9. May 7, 2010 11:03 AM

    Lovely Colleen! Looks like apples in soup are a firm favourite for the Woolies contest. Holding thumbs for you & Nina.

    PS: Your photo is gorgeous!

    • May 8, 2010 10:07 PM

      Thanx so much Marisa. Eeeeek Im in a league with Nina???? I don’t think so. But do appreciate it. And thanx for the complement of the photo. Im trying to up my game a bit.
      Hugs to you xx

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