I have just rustled up a batch of watercress soup which should last me a couple of days. I live very near a family run watercress bed, the Kingfisher Farm Shop which is famous for its home grown watercress. This family business has been growing this uniquely English product since 1854. It is grown in natural spring water, which provides all the necessary nutrients without the aid of fertilisers or insecticides. Watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than spinach and more folate than bananas. It is brimming with more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals. The vital ingredient for growing watercress is of course, water – pure, mineral rich spring water, from which this peppery super-food derives its collection of nutrients.
- 1 Large bunch watercress
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
- 2 medium leeks chopped
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 knob butter
- 1 litre vegetable stock (stock cube is fine)
- 150 ml milk
- Salt and freshly milled pepper
WHAT TO DO:
In a large saucepan, add the olive oil and butter, and put on a medium heat, followed by the leeks, potatoes, onion and the stalks from the watercress with some freshly milled salt and pepper. Allow to “sweat” with the lid on, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables soften and the flavours have mingled.
Add the vegetable stock, and stir and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
Then add the milk, return to simmering, and then add the rest of the watercress, (reserving a couple of sprigs to use for garnishing which is optional) and allow to wilt in the liquid for about 2 minutes.
Blitz the soup with either a hand blender or in a liquidizer.
Serve in bowls with a swirl of cream if you fancy garnished with a sprig of watercress, alongside some warm crusty bread!
TIP: In the summer this soup is equally delicious served chilled
For more delicious recipes click here ←
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!