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Scape Soup


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I received a gift of about 6 cups of gorgeous curly scapes -- the stem of the garlic flower.

Made one scape omelette -- that was great.

And then decided to use up all the rest in a scape soup. I cruised the internet for ideas and checked out what was on hand:

3 russet potatoes
chicken broth
the scapes
frozen peas, about a cup
several handfuls of spinach
Greek yogourt, no fat
chili peppers, sea salt and black pepper

I cut the potatoes into chunks, trimmed off the flower buds from the scapes and chopped them into 2" pieces, and simmered them together in the chicken broth until just tender.

Then I transferred this to a bowl and pureed the solids, 1 cup at a time, until quite smooth and thick, before returning to the soup pot.

I whirred the frozen peas in the remaining hot broth with the spinach -- brightened up the colour a great deal to a gorgeous deep green -- and added that to the scape and potato mix, then stirred in the yogourt and seasonings.

It was great hot (today was a bit chilly) but I think will really come into its own as a chilled bouillabaisse type soup tomorrow. This would be so pretty with a few nasturtium leaves and flowers floating in the top!!

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FROSTIERACES 7/21/2013 7:02PM

    Awesome I learned something new today!! Sounds yummy!

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SALSIFY 7/13/2013 4:28AM

    I think we share a great love of soup. I'm currently working my way through some French onion soup made with about half a bottle of white wine & it is delicious!

I've not heard of scapes, though I love garlic soup (no-one loves me after I've eaten it, of course).

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/11/2013 9:52PM

    Yum!

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CRYSTALJEM 7/11/2013 8:44PM

    Thought I had become unsubscribed. Glad I checked back in. Sounds delightful.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/11/2013 5:28PM

    Sounds luscious! Thanks for telling me about scapes. I always like to try new things!! -Marsha

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PHOENIX1949 7/11/2013 3:26PM

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KALIGIRL 7/11/2013 8:45AM

    Sounds so yummy + I learned that 'scapes' are garlic stems!
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NANCY- 7/11/2013 8:00AM

    Yum! ...can I come to your house?

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KANOE10 7/11/2013 6:17AM

    I have never heard of scapes. Too fun. I love garlic and may have to try it. Thanks for sharing. Flowers sound pretty!

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_LINDA 7/11/2013 2:06AM

    Learn something new everyday! The stem of a garlic flower! I hope they provided some flavour and spice to the mix! Love nasturtiums! Colourful, tasty, interesting your soups are, never a dull moment, just taste buds dancing with delight!
Thanks for another great one!

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PHEBESS 7/11/2013 12:18AM

    Wow, that sounds great - I could also see it thicker, as a dip, for all kinds of vegs! Yum!

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MEADSBAY 7/10/2013 10:25PM

    I never heard of scapes before this spring-picked some up at the farmers' market but never did find a 'wow' use for them.
our soup sounds lovely.
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ISHIIGIRL 7/10/2013 10:24PM

    Never heard of scapes. Thanks for the enlightenment.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/10/2013 9:52PM

    I had never heard of scape... but you got a boatload as a gift, there. Sounds like an excellent plan to make good use of a lot of flavor. When's dinner?

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GROEDER 7/10/2013 9:30PM

    That sounds great!!! I hope you enjoy it chilled too.

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MCFITZ2 7/10/2013 9:29PM

    I think I will save your recipe. Thank you for sharing emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/10/2013 9:18PM

    Yummy!

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