Oct 112011

I have always been the dessert supplier for pot luck gatherings and meet ups. But whaddaya know? That’s about to change now, especially when you have friends who can whip up desserts better than you do.

But hey, i love changes.

And i like challenges. Soup, mains, appetizers? I say, bring it on!

When i was left with no choice but to whip up a starter/ appetizer for a dinner invite last weekend over at at Pick Yin‘s lovely abode together with Pei Lin, i had to brainstorm quite a bit. Along with our other halves, there would be six of us. My initial plan to prepare some dips and chips had to be aborted. Unlike us, men would need something more solid rather than rabbit food which we girls love.

After flipping just 1 cookbook for ideas, i was pretty sure that i’d do soup, curried cauliflower and cheddar soup to be more precise. I’ve been meaning to cook cauliflower soup for ages and there was no better time than last weekend. Plus, the girls were game to be my guinea pigs (w0ot!), so testing Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for the first time it was!

Ideal as winter warmer, (fab for the cold and wet weather these days!), this comforting and welcoming classic soup is downright delicious even on its own, but i chose to serve it with one of my favourite dinner rolls, my rosemary wholemeal rolls.

Curried Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

Serves 6 as a starter or 4 as a light lunch

- 4 tbsp light olive oil
- 1 medium onions, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 tsp mild curry powder
- 400ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
- 300ml milk
- 100g medium or strong cheddar, grated


Heat half the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and celery. Stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the remaining oil and cauliflower florets, curry powder, and season with salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for a couple of minutes. Cover the pan and cook 4-6 minutes, lifting the lid to give the mixture a stir every now and then.

Remove the lid and pour in the chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer then pour in the milk, adding a splash of water if the liquid does not cover the vegetables. Return to a gentle simmer. Partially cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes until the cauliflower is very soft.

Use a hand-held stick blender to liquidize the soup, or blend in 2 batches if using a regular blender. Return the soup to the pan and place over low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer then slowly stir in the cheese to melt. Loosen the consistency with a little hot water if the soup is too thick, and taste and adjust the seasoning.


A little curry powder elevates the combination of cauliflower and cheese to another dimension in this soup. Like Pick Yin’s other half commented, i love the subtle hint of spiciness in the soup! and i must say, i’m with Vijay on this one.

But what i really like about this soup is, it’s a cream-free soup!

Yeapp, you read correctly.

Cream-free soup!

How awesome is that?

The smooth and creamy texture came solely from the vegetables, pureed of course. And perhaps the 300ml fresh milk too. So, if you are looking for some healthy and low fat soup or a light meal, this is it. You will not be disappointed. Promise.

Dinner was truly a memorable one. Having mind blowing food is one thing. But great companions? Whoaaaa.. that’s like cherry on the cake! Let’s just put it this way ok? I never ever had a dinner that stretches from 7pm to 1am. 6 friggin’ hours! That says quite a bit eh? :)

Oh, before i forget, check out our scrumptious dinner menu and wipe off that drool already! :P

Starter :

. apple salad with grainy mustard vinegrette

. curried cauliflower and cheddar soup

. rosemary wholemeal rolls

Main :

. chicken with rice and mushroom

Dessert :

. passion fruit cheesecake pots

. homemade peanut butter cups

. nutty chocolate pavlova

  20 Responses to “Curried Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup”

  1. [...] wholemeal dinner rolls curried cauliflower and cheddar soup apple salad with grainy mustard vinaigrette chicken with rice and mushrooms cheesecake pots [...]

  2. Wonderful wonderful dinner that I already miss! I tell ya I’m making this very soon!

  3. wow looks really nice!

  4. Love the way you garnished the soup dear, we should’ve done that at my place too! What did you put in the middle there? I can’t make it out.

  5. I should seriously consider buying the hand held blender , if only to make soups like this.

  6. I’ve bookmarked this recipe because all the flavours looks and sounds delicious!!! Curry powder, how interesting and fun! Really excited to try this recipe soon! =D

  7. Cauliflower, the great cruciferous vege thats oh so good for the diet done in such a tasty way. And cheese, yum! Goodness done well!

    Looking very much forward to the next meet-up to with great anticipation of the menu that will make itself present…

  8. Nice get-together for makan-makan…
    and lovely slurpy soup … :D

  9. I’m going to have to try this, with the bread rolls !! After seeing PeiLin and PickYin’s posts, damn I’m so tempted to host one of these pot lucks..

  10. btw, is it almonds in the middle ?

  11. Swee San: You should! New kitchen some more, time to do a housewarming one. ;)

  12. Everything at that dinner looks ravishing! I am loving the curry heat element in this soup already!

  13. Next time we go makan session at my place, we do pot luck!
    Great presentation on the soup!
    BTW, I finally found your Daiso “Table” !! =D

  14. Mrs Ergul + Winston : yeshhh, make this soon and report right back k?

    xinli : thank you. :)

    pick yin : heheheeeee… ooh! so u are into pretty presentation! OKIE, pretty presentation it is next time. the middle thingie, is chopped almond.

    the experimental cook : you totally should. handheld blenders are really really very useful!

    vijay : damn yeah man! i’m really looking forward to it already, especially now that we have already known the ‘theme’! Lol!

    lisa : hmphh.. if only you are not so far away.. :(

    swee san : i must agree with pick yin. have one soon. new kitchen! post photos!

    shirley : i’m always drooling when i think of the food that day during the dinner. haha!

    jacob : YAY!! good for ya! and i’m all for pot luck!

  15. Very homey feel. love it!

  16. Loved this cauliflower soup!! This looks amazing!

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