Asparagus Buttermilk Soup

Hello my zebras!

 

Mr Zebra is regularly joking about me – and Germans in general. It is usually about rules and regulations, the weather and, of course, the food. Like, for example, that us Germans seem to turn our menus upside down for a few weeks in early summer and suddenly and solely serve asparagus for every meal.

He is not totally wrong, of course, but it’s just that those green and white stalks are really delicious and you have to take advantage of that while they’re in season! Funny enough, I actually didn’t even serve that much asparagus this year – but I still have one, two weeks to cook with it 😛

So today I brought you a delicious soup with green asparagus (❤) and a generous amount of buttermilk. It tastes super fresh and is a nice soup for summer!

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Asparagus Buttermilk Soup

makes 2-3 servings

  • 1 onion
  • 2 floury potatoes
  • 250 g green asparagus
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 300 ml buttermilk
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tbsp butter

Peel onion and potatoes and finely dice them. Wash the asparagus, peel the bottom parts and cut off 2 cm of the ends. Chop 200 g of it into coarse chunks and thinly slice the rest.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan and briefly fry the onions. Then add the potatoes and big asparagus pieces and pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, heat up the remaining butter in a small pan and fry the asparagus slices with a little salt for 3-5 minutes and then add the honey. Puree the soup, stir in the buttermilk (do not boil after that!) and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the honey glazed asparagus bits.

 

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How do you like to prepare asparagus? And what do you prefer – GREEN or WHITE?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

 

xx Kristin

[December 13th] Stamped Gift Wrap

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Do you have potatoes at home? And a bit of paint and kraft paper? Perfect! Then it’s time to relax and open today’s advent surprise:

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Stamped Gift Wrap

In the very unlikely case that you already have all you christmas gift you’re one step closer to the finish line but you’re still missing something important: The perfect gift wrap!

Luckily you have me & I’m going to show you the solution:

You will need:

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  • kraft paper
  • 1 medium sized potato
  • white poster paint
  • paint brush & knife
  • black marker

The first step is make the stamp: Cut the potato in half, carefully mark out a rectangle (1 cm deep). Slice around it to reveal your shape. Cut the top edges of the rectangle and make a little hole (see photos).

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Then you have to wrap your presents in kraft paper. Apply the paint to the stamp and then press it onto the gift – wherever you want the tag to be! Let it dry completely.

Now use the marker to add the “ribbon” to your gift and write the name on the tag.

 

It’s easy as can be so what are you waiting for? Save your potatoes from their boredom and make sure everybody get’s the right gift!

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Have a lovely weekend & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

Beetroot soup [Some veggies deserve a 2nd chance!]

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I know, most of you probably aren’t too fond of beetroot. It’s a tricky vegetable that possibly spoilt some of your childhood memories. But honestly, everybody deserves a second chance, right? And that’s exactly what I did and I ended up with a colourful, fresh and super tasty soup. The combination of beetroot, potatoes and buttermilk will make your taste buds happy and scare every bit of winter blues or springtime lethargy far, far away. I promise!

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Beetroot soup:

makes 3-4 servings

  • 1 onion
  • 400g beetroot (I used precooked, but fresh ones will work as well)
  • 150g potatoes
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • salt and pepper

Dice onion, peel potatoes [and beetroot if you use fresh ones] and cut vegetables in medium sized pieces. Put the vegetables and oil in a medium pot and braise it lightly for about 3 minutes. Add 750ml water and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Blend soup to taste, add 200ml buttermilk and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.

Before serving: Use a little milk frother to foam the remaining buttermilk and top the hot soup with it.

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Quick and easy – and ready before you’ll know it!

So how about you? Beetroot – YAY or NAY? Is there a happy end in sight?

Come on – give it a try & happy cooking!

Kristin