October 19, 2011

Slowing down - Cauliflower and goat cheese soup

 

After leaving my previous job six months a go, I didn't know what I'd end up doing and how things would turn out. I knew I needed a change so I decided to take the leap and see where it takes me. Not long after, I landed in my new role and I was busier than ever with new and exciting projects.

I am so happy I took that leap and I am loving my new career, but for a while now I've felt like I am trying to do a little bit of everything without really getting anything finished. I realise it's now time to slow down and re-set my concentration again. I am heading towards even busier times with only a few weeks left until we move into our new home, and after that it's time to start planning the wedding.

I'm sure you understand and appreciate just how much time and effort each blog post takes to make. For this reason, in the future, you'll be seeing a little less frequent posting here on Scandi Foodie. This will hopefully not only give me more time to concentrate on other projects, but also result in better quality posts for the blog.

So for now, I'll leave you with this cauliflower and goat cheese soup - silky, creamy and comforting.

I'll see you soon!

 

Cauliflower and goat cheese soup
(serves 4)

1 medium sized cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
5-6 cups water or vegetable stock
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
50g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
150g goat cheese

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add rosemary and cauliflower florets. 

2. Add in the water or the stock and bring to boil. 

3. Add the oats and season the soup with salt and pepper. Leave to simmer until the cauliflower is fully tender. 

4. Turn off the heat, add the goat cheese and purée the soup with a hand blender. Serve warm.



36 comments:

  1. I totally understand that you will not be able to post as regularly in the future. Anyhow, I will not stop visiting your lovely blog and will wait patiently for your new posts (no matter how long you need to write your articles ;-P).

    What a delicious soup! I love those flavors.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Maria!

    Your decision is great. I know because I had to slow down too. My life was so hectic and I had a couple of small accidents that showed me to slow down a week ago. Believe it or not I will post a cauliflower soup recipe soon. :) It's already up on my Hungarian blog, I only need to translate and post it on my English food blog.

    Zita

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  3. I absolutely understand! When I first wrote a post(or two or three, haha) on slowing down I felt bad about it but someone left a comment saying basically that that's just life, everything is constantly speeding up or slowing down in different areas of your life. And this is such an exciting time in your life so I know how that feels to put blogging a little lower on the list of important things :)
    Your soup looks awesome! I actually have a cauliflower in the fridge(that really needs using!) and have been wanting to make soup. I like that you added oatmeal, it must be so creamy and filling... But can you tell there's oats in it? Or do they grind up nicely? I think I might try it in my soup too :)

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  4. That's crazy - I just made my first cauliflower and cheese soup this evening. It tastes good as a combination, but do you find the aesthetics a little off-putting? It reminded me of baby food!

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  5. It's so great that things worked out for you! Totally get it on slowing down... I've had to do that to keep my life in balance.

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  6. I am loving the smooth texture of this soup. The creamy taste is of course plus plus points too! I'm with you in slowing down and enjoying the scenery, the same situation I was in almost 2 years ago...Looking forward for more posts...No pressures! Just take your time though ;)

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  7. Gorgeous soup Maria, and I totally understand and respect you need to slow things down a bit. I really hope your move goes well. I am sure you will have so much fun setting up your new home.

    Take care.

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  8. Looks like a comforting and delicious soup - great idea to use oats. Thanks for sharing and good luck with everything!

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  9. What do you mean "better quality posts"????
    Your blog is exquisite! :-)
    You are just a perfectionist.

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  10. I feel ya on this one! I am in exactly the same boat. Here's to exciting futures. :) (And yummy soups.)

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  11. Totally understand you, do what feels good!

    As a goat-cheese-lover, I can't wait to try out this soup. It's gorgeous!

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  12. I understand completely...slow down and take as much time as you need! Wishing much success on your upcoming activities! Meanwhile, that soups looks comforting and delicious...

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  13. Slow down, take it a bit easy and don't worry - we will all be checking out your site frequently, eagerly waiting for when your new posts come. There are already sooo many of your recipes which I haven´t had time to try yet, so this will also give me some time to catch up. :)

    The soup looks amazing and good luck with all of your plans and projects!

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  14. your blog, your pictures are awesome! i wont stop coming by :)

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  15. I know exactly what you mean and I think its great for you to slow down a bit. I love your posts and recipes and can't wait to see what this slow down will do to your content- i am sure it will make it even better! The soup looks fantastic and so warm and inviting for a cold day

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  16. Made this today for lunch, delicious!! Thank you.

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  17. I hate the feeling of taking on too much and not meeting my own expectations on it all. You are wise to take a step back and prioritize. I need to do more of that.

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  18. I am sure we all know how much time and effort each blog post takes! I completely understand you! I keep thinking that I might also need to slow down a little but just can't do that yet :(

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  19. Oh darling we totally understand and we feel so spoiled with your always amazing posts.
    You serve up treats that satisfy both eyes and tummy, and will of course continue to pop in to read your delicious posts.

    Thank you for thinking of us and good luck with everything (it's all so exciting!).

    Big hugs

    Charlotta

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  20. Totally understand, life gets busy sometimes and blogging is a hobby, the last thing you want is to feel like you have to post every other day otherwise you will dissapoint readers. I adore reading your posts, and will just have to be more patient. Im sure once you slow down, the content will be even better than it already is :)
    Take care.
    Adriana

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  21. I have to say I am not happy to read this because I love your constant flow of posts but that's me being selfish. Good on you for taking your precious time and focusing on what you need to do. xx

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  22. This sounds wonderful and will be tried ere caulis become next season's 'vegetable'! Your photo representation is exquisite, your decision considered - you'll have us all waiting until it's time! Enjoy the tommorrows and see you soon!!

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  23. Best wishes for all your endeavors, Maria! Always look forward to your post.

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  24. Maria, I've been following your blog for about six months when I first made the happy discovery. Your photos, your writing, your recipes manage to do what is rare - grant a bit of beautiful peace, a respite from a hurried or cluttered day. I hope you know what a gift it is you offer us all. And I hope you know too that anything you share is SO worth waiting for! Thank you many times over. Wishing you peace, every step along your way!
    love, Spree

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  25. Thank you all! I am overwhelmed by your beautiful words and thoughts! You guys keep me going, so thank you!

    Maria
    xx

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  26. You have a lovely blog with so many delicious photos and recipes! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on mine. :)

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  27. You have a beautiful blog - just found you and signing my right now! wonderful soup recipe and I'm going to make it tomorrow!
    Thanks so much for sharing this lovely post
    Mary x

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  28. Maria I can totally appreciate what you are saying. It takes a lot of effort to post as regularly as you do or to post at all. Gosh you leave most bloggers for dead including myself so it is a credit to you. Your passion shines in every blog post. Look forward to seeing your future posts.

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  29. I can completely understand this, Maria :) and I think it's wise, too. It's important that we slow down enough to savour life as it's happening rather than busy planning for things to come. And yes, each blog post does take up a lot of time, doesn't it?!

    Best wishes for this time you're taking, and I'll be sure to keep reading your lovely posts!

    katealice x

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  30. Thank you for your beautiful post and I know that it's important to slow things down and enjoy life. Soup sounds great here where the air gets colder day by day.

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  31. Silky creamy and delicious. Thanks for that lovely soup. Blogging is a timely labour of love, as only a blogger would know. Look forward to your posts

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  32. I struggle constantly between all of my different activities and it is never easy to post often when one takes their time to create beautiful, thoughtful posts. Less frequently but perfect as you do is better than more often and rushed. xo

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  33. I understand what you mean. I feel like I can never finish a project or really knock it out of the park, because I'm exhausting all my energy doing a bunch of little projects. Stepping back and refocusing will reinvigorate and renergize for sure. Good luck and I'll look forward to all your new posts as always :)

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  34. We are all thankful for the intentionality and love that goes into each post and we understand that sometimes it is just best to slow down. Looking forward to your future posts no matter how often they may come :)

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