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Pureed Vegetable Soup-Spring Cleaning My Refrigerator And Cupcakes

 

Vegetable soup

Vegetable soup

This is an incredibly delicious soup, I’m not reinventing the wheel here but this particular combination is wonderful and I wanted to share, I was spring cleaning my refrigerator and found some vegetables I needed to use and thats how this soup was born. The combination is wonderful, honestly, I didn’t know how it would come out, I just started adding things. After boiling the vegetables and pureeing and seasoning with salt and pepper it tasted a bit blah, not very exciting, it’s amazing really what a touch of this and that can do to the flavor of a dish, first I added the pinch of nutmeg, that was good, then added the butter and some cream, ok even better then a teaspoon of honey. It was the perfect combination to bring that soup from blah to wow.  The soup looks dark and brooding but it couldn’t be further from how it tastes. It’s fresh and slightly complex and undeniably vegetable.  Here we go:

Soup

Broccoli tough part of the stem removed and cut into pieces

Green Curly Kale – 1 head tough stems removed

1 potato peeled and cut into quarters

carrots peeled and cut into chunks

onion peeled and cut into quarters

1 clove garlic – smashed

1 stalk celery- cut into chunks

broth (chicken, vegetable or just use water) 6 cups approximately I used chicken

pinch of nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs butter

2-3 tbs heavy cream (you can also use cashew cream, soy or almond milk or do without)

1 tsp honey (yes honey)

Add a little olive oil to your soup pot, sauté the onion until soft, now add the garlic and don’t let it brown just soften it a little. Add the vegetables and give them a good stir. Pour in the broth or water just enough to cover the vegetables. Cover the pot and boil until everything is tender.

Let cool and puree either with your blender or immersion blender If using an immersion blender take out some of the broth, you can always add it back to thin. you take a chance on your soup being too thin if you blend with all the liquid in the pot. I found that I had about 2 cups of broth left which I froze to use later. Season with salt and pepper, add the nutmeg (very important), the butter, cream and honey and heat through. Is even better the next day.

monster and dirt cupcakes

monster and dirt cupcakes

Sweet Maia celebrates her 10th birthday today and  she asked me to make cupcakes for her class at school, I think it’s great that they celebrate the kids birthdays with a party. She saw these cupcakes on Pinterest and this is what she wanted to take to class. The monster cupcakes are chocolate cake with a cream cheese buttercream piped on with Ateco tip #133, I wish I had #234 the holes are a little larger. It was hard piping that buttercream, the frosting was thick and it took every ounce of strength to get that on the cupcakes which is why they look somewhat different, but variety is the spice of life and no two monsters are alike, made pink, blue and green. The finishing touch are googely eyes. Gotta love that. The last 4 cupcakes were not piped as you can see, I couldn’t press on that bag one more time so just spiked the frosting and added multiple googely eyes.

The second cupcake is a dirt cupcake. sounds appetizing right? Again used the chocolate cake, I used the recipe for Hershey’s Perfectly “chocolate” chocolate frosting, it’s quick and easy and very smooth. Thought that would make a good base wherewith to hold the dirt. The dirt is chocolate Teddy Grahams whizzed in the processor. The cupcakes are filled with chocolate pudding. The piece du resistance is the gummy worm sticking out of the icing. They are fun and really delicious and the Birthday Girl and her class loved them. What fun it was to make them!!

monster cupcakes

monster cupcakes

 

68 Comments Post a comment
  1. OHMYGOODNESS, Suzanne. The cupcakes are to die for precious. SO cute!! Happy birthday, Maia!!!

    March 12, 2015
    • Those cupcakes are so much fun. Easy to make especially the dirt and worm ones, LOL, thanks Em!!

      March 12, 2015
  2. The kids in school must have had a great time eating those cakes, they look wonderful.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    March 12, 2015
    • I know if I were a child I would certainly like a cupcake decorated like that. I do think the children enjoyed. Thanks David and a massive hug right back to you!

      March 12, 2015
  3. I know how delicious your soup is. I learned many moons ago, the healthiest diet food is vegetable soup. Variety is limitless, so flavorful and filling. Now I think of the soup as my treat meal.
    Happy Birthday to Maia… and she is a lucky girl to have you to make these fun cupcakes for school. 🙂

    March 12, 2015
    • Thanks Fae, the soup was so good, may only make one or two more pots of soup with the cold weather winding down. I really liked this one. I had fun making the cupcakes.

      March 12, 2015
  4. These kind of soups are my all time favorite, your variation looks delicious

    March 12, 2015
  5. oh wow, the cup cakes are great, I bet you had a good time decorating, you did a super job!! They look delicious, I bet the kids loved them! Happy Birthday Maria 🙂

    Our weather has gotten warmer, today it was 65, rain tomorrow but sunshine for the weekend!! I hope you and your dogs are doing great. Spring is around the corner.

    March 12, 2015
    • I did Michael, it’s so much warmer here also, yesterday was beautiful in the 50’s today cooler 44 but still so much better than a week ago. A lot of the snow has melted. I can actually see the earth. Thank you so much, Nando is enjoying the warmer weather.

      March 12, 2015
  6. Your cupcakes are amazing! How I’d love to bring them to school someday!
    The soup sounds delicious, too. I love nutmeg in this combination! Intrigued by the honey …

    March 12, 2015
    • Thank you, believe it or not that little bit of honey made a difference, so so subtle but there. Thanks so much Ginger.

      March 12, 2015
  7. Oh my gosh- Suzanne those cupcakes looks incredible. … feel like tasting it right now. … yummm… Happy birthday to Maia. .. 🙂

    March 12, 2015
    • The cupcakes looked so cute, I still have some undecorated in the fridge, going to make more I think. Thank you so much.

      March 12, 2015
  8. I love it when I spring clean my fridge (love that term) and end up making something really good! And your cupcakes are fantastic. I love how they look!! And just this morning I was looking for my recipe for Dirt Cake. What a fun coincidence!!

    March 12, 2015
    • I had never heard of dirt cake or cupcakes before Maia told me about it, I didn’t taste them but the kids liked them. They are filled with chocolate pudding so it’s like really chocolatey!! Thanks Susan!

      March 12, 2015
  9. I’ve had the flu all week. I’d like nothing more than a bowl of this delicious soup right now! Thank you.

    March 12, 2015
    • Oh Michelle, so sorry you have been sick. Wishing I could bring you some soup, Feel better.

      March 12, 2015
  10. The soup sounds fabulous. I love puréed soups…there something so soothing about them. You’ve packed a lot of healthy goodness in that bowl. Yum!
    As for those cupcakes – A D O R A B L E! I bet the whole classroom was thrilled with your homemade treats! I love the ones with multiple eyes. 🙂

    March 12, 2015
    • Thanks so much Nancy. I do too, love pureed soup. There is something about the velvety texture that I love so. The kids loved the cupcakes!!

      March 12, 2015
  11. Just loving the idea of those dirt cupcakes! I bet the kids thought they were squirmalicious. Ewww, those worms. I’m not keen on them. Even though I used to do a lot of gardening. Ah, they’re not real worms!
    Nutmeg in vegetable soup is very Italian, I think. I love it in mushroom soup in autumn. Ahha, it’s now spring! And I’m lovin’ slightly warmer weather. Well, at least it ain’t freezing. Hoping your weather has improved.

    March 12, 2015
    • The dirt cupcakes are funny, I remember as a kid making mud pies (with real mud) didn’t eat of course. These really look like dirt. yuck. Kids love them though and the gummy worms are hilarious coming out of the dirt. Yes, it’s warmer here, thank goodness, I am so relieved that the temps are warming up.

      March 12, 2015
  12. I LOVE the monster cupcakes!!! LOVE! I need a reason to make them now…

    March 12, 2015
    • They are fun I actually ordered the larger tip today, I have leftover googley eyes and will make them on Halloween. Thank you so much.

      March 12, 2015
  13. Happy Bday to Maia, she must have had a blast with those Muppet-looking cupcakes!

    March 12, 2015
  14. Lucky Maia and her class. I love how you added ingredients to the vegetable soup to make it less blah. I would never have thought of adding honey to a soup but I am going to try, it’s an excellent idea.

    March 12, 2015
    • Thank you so much, the honey is in the background, so so subtle you can’t really taste it but it does add something to the soup. Thank you again.

      March 13, 2015
  15. The cupcakes are too cute!

    March 12, 2015
  16. I bet nutmeg added to the flavors of the soup. Sounds delicious.
    The monster cupcakes are super duper cute❤️.

    March 12, 2015
    • Thanks Sonal yes the Nutmeg is essential that with the honey reall add a depth of flavor.

      March 13, 2015
  17. Those cupcakes are the cutest! Happy birthday to Maia! I love the addition of honey to the soup…I bet it make the flavors so interesting!

    March 12, 2015
    • Thank you so much, yes it reall does make the soup interesting and for some reason brings out the other flavors.

      March 13, 2015
  18. Look at those super fun cupcakes!!! I love them! Very creative!

    March 13, 2015
  19. skd #

    Oh Suzanne, the birthday girl must have been so excited. The dirt cupcakes and the worms look so….real….I am so glad they aren’t real. It must have been lots of fun making them.

    March 13, 2015
    • It really does look like dirt and thank goodness the worms are brightly colored gummy worms or I fear it would be way too realistic. Thanks so much.

      March 13, 2015
  20. Brilliant idea Suzanne, the cupcakes are so fun. Happy birthday to Maia (lovely name) 🙂

    March 13, 2015
  21. Such cute cupcakes!!!!

    March 13, 2015
  22. Suzanne, you followed your extraordinary culinary intuition & got great results — who could be surprised? The soup sounds yummy and the cupcakes are adorable! Maria is one lucky girl. And happy birthday to her as well. Mega hugs.

    March 13, 2015
    • Thanks so much Teagan, I tend to cook intuitively, rarely follow a recipe except food I am not familiar with. Hugs back at you!!:o)

      March 13, 2015
  23. It is hard to do decorating without the right tip I have run into that myself a few times?! Looks adorable and a special Happy Birthday to Maia! Birthdays’ are a big deal at my home too. I love your spring cleaning of refrigerator-soup recipe! Have a great weekend my friend and hugs to Nando!

    March 13, 2015
    • Thanks Cheryl, I have ordered the larger tip just in case I ever need it. Have so many googely eyes left I have to make more monster cupcakes. LOL, thanks again.

      March 13, 2015
  24. I have all of the ingredients for your luscious soup! And those cupcakes are so impressive! You’re “crafty”!

    March 13, 2015
    • Thanks so much Shanna. The soup is delicious, I will put it on a regular rotation here and those cupcakes were so fun to make.

      March 13, 2015
      • The spring cleaning of the fridge always yields new, fun soups! 🙂

        March 14, 2015
      • I love finding something that needs to be used right away and having to get creative with the ingredient. It’s a challenge. Thanks Shanna.

        March 14, 2015
  25. These type of soups are the best! I call it “cleaning my fridge”:) now the cupcakes… Omg! They look ‘real’ to me! Haha:) nice job!

    March 13, 2015
  26. Love the monster cupcakes, Suzanne!!! I bet Maia loved them just the same! 🙂

    March 13, 2015
    • She did love them, the dirt cupcakes too. She had a really great birthday. Thank you so much.

      March 13, 2015
  27. I bet these were the best cupcakes that school has ever had! We have a law in Minnesota and aren’t allowed to bring anything to a school that is home-made.

    I have to say that soup looks delish, frugal and healthy! I wish I could turn my fridge over to you right now! And sit back and taste the results. Things are getting a bit out of hand and I’ve been on a cooking spree.

    The honey & cream really sound inspired and I’ll have to keep it in mind next time I make soup!

    March 13, 2015
    • I am actually surprised they allow you to bring homemade food to school for all the kids here. They do though and the kids loved the cupcakes. Thanks so much.

      March 14, 2015
      • I felt like I missed part of being a Mom when we moved to MN and I couldn’t bring treats. 🙂

        March 14, 2015
      • The teachers have cards on each child with their medical information, allergies etc. For example one child in Maia’s class is GF, we bought her GF baked goods so she wouldn’t feel left out. The teachers know each childs allergies. I know how you feel!

        March 14, 2015
  28. We’re very much coming into soup weather here Suzanne, so I love your invaluable tips of those little extras to add in when the soup needs a little lift!
    Your cupcakes are absolutely fabulous too, I can just picture all those excited little faces when they should up at school – the monster ones are my favourite, especially with the goggly eyes! 🙂 I’ll have to look out for those particular piping tips to add to my collection… very clever effect!

    March 15, 2015
    • Thanks so much Margot, you are too sweet. I had fun with those cupcakes, felt like a child. I ordered some more tips after trying to squeeze that icing through the tiny holes. My hand hurt for days.

      March 15, 2015
  29. Liz #

    This is all so amazing, Suzanne 🙂 First, how fantastic that you got such a delicious soup out of a refrigerator cleanse! You had a great sense for putting flavors together. And the cupcakes are just too cute. Too. darned. cute. Especially loving the squiggles. You’ve been busy!

    March 15, 2015
    • Thanks Liz, you never know what you are going to get when you start throwing things in the pot this time I was lucky and the combination is great. The cupcakes were a lot of fun to make and the kids loved them. Thanks Liz.

      March 16, 2015
  30. Love it Suzanne!! I did the same thing the other day and added Quinoa as well, I have been eating for Lunch and Dinner for 3 days now today being the 4th and tomorrow being the 5th then the rest goes in the freezer since I am going out of town Weds thru Sunday 🙂 LOL TMI sorry 😉

    March 16, 2015
    • I need to really learn how to work with quinoa, I under cook over cook and am basically pretty bad with the stuff but adding some to soup is a great idea. Protein packed and filling, I love it!! Thank Amy have a great trip!!

      March 16, 2015
  31. The cupcakes are fantastic. And the soup – I love how you adjusted the seasonings. Honey – that’s such an interesting touch but it often takes a bit of sweetness to smooth out the flavours so I should not be surprised. And you mentioned you were cleaning your fridge at the same time as me. So how I missed this I don’t know.

    March 16, 2015
    • Thanks Lindy, Yes a touch of honey or something sweet rounds out flavor sometimes and this tasted to me like it was missing something, the honey and nutmeg did the trick. It was such a minute amount you wouldn’t think it would make a difference but it did. Thank you so much.

      March 16, 2015
  32. Hi Suzanne, oh these are the best kind of soups, love your cupcakes, happy 10th!

    March 19, 2015

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