Tuesday, August 30, 2011

sick sick yick!

The flu has ravaged our house! BOO! it started with jeff on friday, then quickly moved on to me- i spent the weekend (and some of the nicest summer days we have had yet) very under the weather. and now it seems to have passed itself along to my sweet little finn - combined with his crazy molar teething, he is one unhappy little dumpling. i am on the mend, but took the day off work today to be here to comfort (and nurse) my poor little guy as much as possible- keep him a little bit content and as hydrated as i can. it is also a very cool and rainy day here today and we have a ton of broccoli in the fridge the needs to get used up, so what a perfect day for some delicious comfort food. broccoli cheese soup will do the trick just perfectly (as well as acting as the first nutritious thing i have stomached since the flu came to visit. though i will admit, i have been loving my diet of sour patch kids- the only thing i seem to be able to handle!)

Broccoli Cheese Soup
2 tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp flour
1.5 cups vegetable stock
3 cups chopped broccoli, cooked until tender and mashed to desired chunkiness
1.5 cups milk
1.5 – 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
A splash of tabasco sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Top with a sprinkling chopped fresh dill, parsley or chives- whatever you have handy and additional grated cheddar cheese

Melt butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Saute onions until tender. Stir in flour and cook 3 minutes. Whisk in stock and mashed broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Add pepper, salt, milk, cheese and Tabasco sauce. Heat thoroughly until nice and bubbly.
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve sprinkled with cheddar cheese and fresh herb of your choice.
Serve with some lovely fresh bread, and enjoy on the perfect chilly (or sick) day!

and some pictures from happier days...