I make curried cream of Broccoli soup with the stems which are not much
use for any other thing other than giving to the rabbits or chooks.
When the offspring studied at University and suffered the usual student
poverty, a good free feed could be had by asking the veg section staff
of the supermarket for the broccoli stems "to feed to my rabbit" and
then using my recipe to transform said stems into something delicious.
My wife will eat the stems that way too, I prefer to eat the rabbit.
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Melt a good sized blob of butter in a saucepan, add a chopped onion.
Cook stirring now and then till the onion is translucent. Add chopped
up broccoli stem, add a generous helping of chicken stock (I'd say about
a pint and make it from a chicken stock cube as good quality stock makes
no substantive improvement in the soup). Add curry powder to suit your
taste (start with a teaspoonful). Pulverise with a stick blender (and
if you want to be really posh, rub through a sieve - I don't bother),
At this stage either reheat gently adding about half a cupful of cream
(don't boil or it'll curdle) or, reheat and then add some cream to each
individual bowlful of soup.
:-)) Before you dismiss the broccoli stems, I suggest you try it. It
doesn't taste particularly like broccoli so is quite safe if you are a
broccoli hater. It has (pleasantly surprised) a few people who have
claimed to be broccoli haters.
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I'd even suggest to prepare ' homegrown broccoli sprouts'
(http://tinyurl.com/qatgjwa ) and add them to broccoli soups and salads.
They add mild, pleasant taste and have higher nutritional value than
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