Saturday, February 6, 2010

La Table De Nana's Cauliflower Soup with Spiced Pear Chips

Last Saturday night I had a dinner party for some of my favorite foodies.
 All of these people had made knockout dinners for me during the year and I wanted to return the favor.
About the same time, Monique at La Table De Nana had posted a Cauliflower Soup with Spiced Pear Chips that caught my imagination as well as my interest.  Originally from LCBO, she found the recipe on their web site. Which is a wonderful site, thanks Monique for that link! 
I whipped it together and I must say, the flavors lived up to Monique's photos. All my guests wanted the recipe, as I passed along La Table De Nana's blog address I thought why not post this as my Saturday Blog showcase? 
I had quite a menu planned,  Pascal and Ujwala brought Fois Gras, and the entree was Cassoulet.
A certain amuse-bouche from another blog was also served but you will have to wait until next week to get a peek of it. 
I didn't want to serve a large bowl of soup, just a taste. I decided to use my mini soup bowls and instead of the large pear chips the recipe called for,  I julienne the pears and then proceeded to follow the recipe as is. Except for the 1/4 cup of heavy cream I added at the end. I love the richness cream lends to soups. The flavor of the orange comes as a surprise in your first bite.  My guests raved and yours will too. Like Nana, I used only chicken stock and no water. But I did use the entire cauliflower and garnished with snipped chives.
Honestly this picture doesn't do justice to the wonderful flavor of the soup. You are just going to have to make it and see for yourself.
This week the Saturday Blog Showcase is hosted by Ann of Thibeailt's Table.  Visit her site and see what all the others bloggers have cooked up this week!
Next week it will be hosted by Lori of All That Splatters, click on her site and join us. 
I didn't include the recipe, but instead I have posted links to La Table De Nana, because you have to see her beautiful blog and a link to LCBO where you can print the recipe. 
All text and photos are property of The Gypsy Chef


  1. Ahhh...I love this post..Happy beautiful people..the use of the small pots.. the julienne of pears..Well just wonderful.
    The last photo w/ the necklace sparkle and the glasses looks so festive..Perfect for the girls Blog Showcase.

  2. Those little soup bowls are so darling, I would be using them for every meal....salads, applesauce, name it! :D

    I missed seeing this recipe on Nana's site, so I'm thrilled that you've brought it to my attention. DH ♥'s soup!

    Now excuse me while I go look up "amuse-bouche"...I haven't a clue & love that I am learning so much from you gals.

  3. Mmmm, your dinner sounds wonderful and Monique's lovely soup was the perfect starter. Your cassoulet has my mouth watering. Will we see it in a future post?

    What could be better than sharing a wonderful dinner with friends?

  4. I'm not sure what I want more the soup or the cassoulet. I guess I'll just have to have both.

  5. This sounds delicious. Nice to know so many people like it! I'll be trying this soon. Thanks!

  6. I'd love to get invited to such a lovely dinner! That soup sounds totally intriguing, it's going on my list!

  7. Lovely post!
    Everything looks delicious!

  8. Nana, It was such a fun evening. What's better than dinner with friends?

    Rettabug, As you can see I use these bowls all the time. They are perfect for everything.
    Amuse-bouche, a small treat for the mouth. Check out Serendipity, she's the Queen of the amuse-bouche

    Cathy, The cassoulet will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

    Ann, you will have to come to dinner next time! Thanks for hosting!

    Lori, it was wonderful. I am so happy your ladies decided to do this!

    HD, You deserve a good dinner. Come to New York, I'll treat you like a Queen!

    Linda, Thanks! So nice you dropped by!

  9. YUMMY!!!!! I just love this post and I love your blog too. I have signed up to follow your 365 blog too. I was thinking of doing one of those too...maybe I will soon.

    So wonderful to "meet" you and I look forward to reading lots more of your fabulous posts.

    Best wishes, Natasha.

  10. Natasha, Thanks for stopping by. I started a photography course and decided to do 365. Hopefully I will learn something!

  11. I'm crazy about those bowls! Isn't that what you made the banana pudding in? So cute!

    What a fun dinner! And the spiced pear chips are unusual and I can't wait to make them!

  12. Monique is a wonder!!! She has taught me much about the joy of food and it's presentation...
    I remember her spiced pear chips especially!
    I would not have thought of that in a million years...
    Nice of you to showcase her today!
    Your dinner must have blessed your friends ...Just look at their happy faces!
    Thank You for your precious comments today..they are treasured.
    Loved catching up here this evening,
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  13. That's what I'd like to do... take a photography course... love the snaps.