Perfect Broccoli Soup

Look at the beautiful color of all those nutrients!

Look at the beautiful color of all those nutrients!


Oh dear, January was National Soup month and I didn’t even post a soup recipe!!

I will make up for it by introducing one here.  You can make it from start to finish in about 10-12 minutes.  Prep time is about 3 minutes.  Take some broccoli, wash it, cut the ends off, trim the sides, cut into pieces. Then cut the stem into slices and divide the florets into smaller pieces.  Steam the broccoli in a steamer on the stove for about 8 minutes.  You could also probably do it in less time in the microwave.  Then  throw the cooked broccoli into a blender, pour in some chicken broth and blend until smooth.  Add more broth to reach the consistency of your liking.  Reheat if it is not hot enough. Eat!

The cooked broccoli gives the soup a natural thickener — much like cooked potato.  And the broccoli is full of nutrients and fiber. It really is a perfect veggie.  This soup is one of my favorites, and it is so effortless to make.  I’ve been eating it a lot this winter– so warming and comforting!  See recipe at the end of the post.

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On the work front, I’ve been very busy with book projects, some freelance work, and a new addiction– taking classes at skillshare.com!  My friend introduced me to a lettering class there taught by Mary Kate McDevitt, who is awesome!   I couldn’t get enough of these great classes, and I kept signing up for more, because there are so many skills to learn!  Also, if you refer a friend, you BOTH get $10 off.

I recently took a Typography class and a Pattern Making class and have signed up for a few more.  I told you — I’m addicted!  The great thing is that it is something you can do at your own pace.  Also, the forum is excellent.  So far, I’ve been very happy with the instruction — I have learned SOOOO much.  These classes can be intense, but only if you want it to be.  It’s up to you. You go at your own pace.  I took my time with the assignments and tried to really absorb the information.   With the pattern class, I found I had to watch the video tutorials more than once.  (Maybe I am just a slow learner…)

I find that the best way to learn a new skill is to just do it, and keep practicing.

I decided to do the Valentine’s Day Challenge given by the Typography and Pattern class.  The challenge is to design a greeting card and a complimentary gift wrap paper pattern.  Here is what I came up with — I call it “Bunny Love” — I’ve been obsessed by bunnies lately. :)

card

wrapping paperex

I really love making patterns, and I want to do more of it!  I also like making these cards.  It’s a different way of thinking, and it’s been fun to experiment.  I had to learn a lot more techniques in Illustrator, so it took awhile to finish the course.  The repeat pattern class was really a great resource for this!

In May, I am going to attend Surtex 2014 at the Javitz Center!  For those of you who don’t know, Surtex is a major international licensing conference.  Buyers from around the world come to buy or license work from artists and designers.  I will be helping Victoria Johnson with her booth.  Check out her work — it is so great–she is uber talented!  She also writes about her process on her blog.  I always love reading about how other artists work.  You have probably  seen Victoria’s beautiful designs in stores already. Some of her clients include C.R.Gibson, WHSmith, American Greetings, Tigerprint, Hallmark and Marian Heath. I’m really looking forward to meeting her and working in her booth along side Flora Waycott — another talented designer!

Perfect Broccoli Soup

One or two large stocks of broccoli

2-3 cups of chicken broth or other stock

salt and pepper to taste

1.  Prep broccoli by trimming ends and coarse parts of the stems.  Slice stems into rounds.  Cut florets into pieces.  Steam in steamer for 8 minutes.

2.  Transfer about 4 cups of cooked broccoli to blender (I used two stocks and saved a lot of the stem pieces for another use).  Add about two cups of chicken broth.  Blend.

3.  Add salt and pepper to taste and blend again.  You might also want to add some more broth if you prefer a thinner consistency.  Reheat if necessary and serve.

Makes about one quart of soup.

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33 responses to “Perfect Broccoli Soup

  1. Those bunny patterns are so adorable :D
    And love the soup, it is a lovely colour and flavour!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Oooh…sounds easy and cheap! I gotta try this :D

  3. yum! Love soup. Just sad that my crisper drawer is bare at the moment – I need to shop!

  4. Wow, I am impressed. You are one busy lady. Beautiful and healthy soup. :D

  5. Love your card and wrapping paper designs. Can’t wait to try out your soup!

  6. Been looking for a great Broccoli Soup recipe – can’t wait to try this!!:)

  7. Hi Melissa, REALLY love your artwork! It is so adorable. :) I have taken a class on Skillshare that my husband gifted to me and I wish that I had been more active during the class. I’ve seen many other wonderful topics on their site and I’m encouraged by your enthusiasm to go and browse for classes. ;) Also love broccoli soup although I haven’t made it in a while. Thank you for the reminder! Your soup is very pretty! So green! Best of luck at the show! – Judy

  8. I adore your love bunnies! Keep up with the classes–they obviously suit you well!

  9. I love your bunnies! And thank you for sharing the info on the classes you’ve been taking. The cost seems reasonable, and looking at the array of subjects offered makes me feel like a kid with the Sears Wishbook catalog. Plus, the soup sounds so delicious and easy that it’s on the menu for tonight at our house!

  10. We have cauliflower here in egypt, but no broccoli – but I think it would taste great made this way, too, don’t you? Maybe I would add some white farmers cheese to the blender, too! Thanks for a really great idea!

    • Yes, cauliflower would probably be great!

      • My husband is so wonderful, he does all the shopping! He says he likes this idea, too, and will pick up a cauliflower today. I can’t wait to try this!

      • O. M. G.!!! The cauliflowe soup is soooooo awesome! My darling husband just brought me a freshly butchered and perfectly cleaned muscovy duck – you pick out the one you want, alive, and the butcher does everything, it’s wonderful, and I boiled it for the delicious duck soup… which naturally I used in the blender after steaming the big fresh cauliflower he bought from a farmer passing by the butcher shop, wasn’t that nice?!! So I seasoned the duck soup with salt, only, and blended it with the cauliflower until it looked like the most heavenly creamy sauce. I warmed it back up in the pot and added a healthy dose of freshly ground black pepper and I think I’m going to pass out with delight! It’s sooooo delicious! I still have to brown the duck, and I hardly can control myself around this soup!
        You, my dear sweet friend, are the BOMB! xoxoxo ;^)

  11. I’m so impressed, very nice soup :)

  12. First of all, I just clicked away on your links and Victoria Johnson’s and I am so impressed. I love her designs and style. And you! Why did I not know more about you and your wonderful illustrations and books? You have a new fan. :) Second, your broccoli soup is fabulous! Talk about simplicity and nutritious! It’s so smooth and velvety…

  13. Ooh, Aisha, let me know how it goes!

  14. Thanks for the update, Aisha! WOW, your soup sounds a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Duck and Cauliflower? Yes, please!

  15. Come on over for dinner! Just climb into your computer and fly, like this:
    http://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/poem-no-one-could-ever-know/
    Lol join us! ;^)

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