Celeriac and apple soup with walnuts and cloves

Celeriac and apple soup with walnuts and cloves

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

This is a hearty vegetable soup, but you can refine it by processing it in a high-speed blender to give it a slightly thinner texture. It’s nice to serve it in a mug so you can sip it. However, as you can see in the photograph, I like it chunky.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g granny smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 3 cm dice
1kg celeraic, peeled and cut into 3 cm dice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons chardonnay vinegar
2 litres boiling water
35g clarified butter
4 cloves
40g activated walnuts, roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the apple and celeriac in the olive oil for 5 minutes until golden. Add the sugar and toss to coat the apple and celeriac. When the sugar dissolves and turns glossy, add the vinegar and cook for 2 minutes until it has evaporated. Add the boiling water and simmer for 20 minutes until the ingredients are very soft. You can use a fork or the side of a whisk to break up the solids to form a rustic soup. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Ladle the soup into serving bowls.
  3. In a small frying pan over medium heat, melt the clarified butter and fry the cloves and walnuts for 1 minute until fragrant. Spoon this mixture over the soup and serve.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Celeriac is a great source of B complex vitamins, which help convert food to energy, and vitamin C for bolstering the immune system and preparing the body for cold weather. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidant vitamin E. Cloves are the largest source of eugenol, a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial compound and a natural anaesthetic.
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