Get Ready for Valentines Day: Make a Pink and Purple Soup!

After the hectic holiday season where one event is quickly superseded by another, a constant rearrangement of decorations, gift wrap, and cookie trays, it is time to take a restive recess from over the top dinners and decadent dishes. This colorful concoction is easy to prepare, vegetarian, and healthy. No artificial food coloring in this soup! It benefits from natures artistry and sciences subtly to create a fun Valentines Day themed soup appropriate for any age. Try wooing your loved one with some food that not only looks festive but is fun to prepare. Relatively inexpensive and non labor intensive this soup can even be made the day before to ensure you have plenty of time to attend to your loved one on Valentines Day.

Cauliflower is most commonly found in its white form, but can come in orange, green, and purple at many local produce shops. The color in the purple cauliflower is caused by the presence of the antioxidant group anthocyanin which can be found in red cabbages. The neon pink drops in this soup comes from an acid base reaction between the soup and lemon juice. This is a perfect fusion of science and food!

 

Ingredients

1 large head purple cauliflower

1 bulb fennel

5 cloves garlic

2 tspn ginger

½ onion – diced

5 cups vegetable stock

2 cups 2% milk

½ cup red wine

1 tspn cayenne

¾ cup Il Fiorello Olive Oil – Amici

Salt and pepper

1 lemon

Fennel greens

4 cups cubed fresh bread

½ cups shredded parmesan

 

Directions

Set oven to 350° F.

Roughly chop 1 bulb fennel and purple cauliflower and lay out on a baking sheet.

Season with salt and pepper and drizzle 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, mixing well.

Wrap 3 cloves of garlic in a small tin foil pouch and add to baking sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until cauliflower stems can easily be punctured by a knife.

 

Once vegetables are removed from the oven:

Add 1/2 onion diced, 2 cloves minced garlic, and 2 tspns minced ginger and saute in oil in a large pot.

Once onion becomes translucent add roasted vegetables, roasted garlic, 4 cups vegetable stock, 1 cup 2% milk, and 1/2 cup red wine.

(The remaining 1 cup stock and 1 cup milk should be used to adjust viscosity of the soup to your preference)

Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Let simmer with lid on for 10 minutes.

Carefully transfer soup to a blender (do this in batches if you blender is not large enough) and puree for 3-4 minutes, or until there soup looks very smooth. (You will likely need to add more stock for blending).

Return puree to large pot, add the zest of one lemon, and juice from 1/2 of a lemon. (and watch science occur!)

Let soup simmer for 10 minutes.

 

Turn oven to broiler setting.

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over 4 cups of cubed fresh bread

Spread evenly over baking sheet and put under broiler for 3-5 minutes

Once bread cubes are out, sprinkle with grated Parmesan while still hot

 

Taste and season soup before spooning into bowls.

Top with Parmesan bread crumbs, and garnish with fennel greens.

For the final touch squeeze droplets of lemon juice on the soup to add those neon pink accents, and a punch of flavor.

 

Enjoy!

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Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
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05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
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21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
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23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
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21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
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