Sometimes I feel like my spirit animal is a duck.
There's an amusing line from one of my favorite radio shows, Cabin Pressure where one of the main characters Martin Crieff nervously describes himself as so:
"I'm paddling like hell on top, but I'm very calm underneath...Oh no. On no! I mean, I-I'm like a capsized duck."
Let's pretend that Martin intended to describe himself as a swimming duck; one that's calm on top but frantically paddling underneath. That's me. Incredibly calm on the outside but on the inside it can sometimes be like a drastic scene where all of the feelings from Inside Out are running around in a frenzy.
So how does this relate to soup? Basically, I wish I could channel the way I feel in the kitchen, truly relaxed and confident to other things in life. You know that feeling when you start to daydream out a window and everything seems to slip away? That's how I feel in the kitchen. My mind just shuts off and I go with the flow. I don't think about it, I just do it. In most other applications, it's not always that way. My brain likes to yak away, process and analyze. It's too exhausting sometimes.
The fact that I feel so relaxed in the kitchen is how I know food is my calling. It's seemingly effortless no matter how complicated or time consuming the process is. There's no pressure and no stress, just a sense of calm through and through.
This cauliflower soup and croutons is one of those recipes that truly channels this feeling. There's the methodical sense of chopping the onion and cauliflower, of simmering the vegetables until soft, of blending the soup until smooth and of swirling in some milk in at the end. The croutons only require a rough tear with your hands, a quick toss and several turns in the oven until golden brown and crunchy. And that's it really. Soup to quietly sip on with the occasional crunch of a crouton while watching the world go by outside.
Cauliflower Soup with Croutons
Adapted from Cream of Cauliflower Soup by How Sweet Eats
Yields: 4 servings // Croutons: 1 hour // Soup: 1 hour, 15 minutes