14 Aug 2015

Kesäkeitto - Summer (Vegetable) Soup



During the summer markets are loaded with the season's best: small carrots with their stems, peas (in pods), cute little cauliflowers as well as sweet Finnish strawberries, forest blueberries (or bilberries if you prefer that term) and the best of the best: new potatoes *heart*. Kesäkeitto (meaning summer soup) is a tribute to fresh vegetables. It's a Finnish summer vegetable soup with milky broth. I recommend buying the vegetables for this soup in the farmer's market as all the flavours will be coming from the vegetables themselves. At this time of year you shouldn't have to peel the potatoes or carrots, just wash them with a brush.


Kesäkeitto - Finnish Summer Vegetable Soup (for 3-4)


3 summer onions with stalks (the onion part being like normal onion but with the green stalk as spring onions)
a small cauliflower
5 summer carrots
6-10 new potatoes (depending on size)
200 ml fresh green peas, shelled
400-500 ml milk
2 heaping Tbsp wheat flour mixed with 1 Tbsp butter into an even paste
(herb) salt
white pepper

Dice the onions (slice the green part). Wash the potatoes well and dice them to appr. 1.5-2 cm pieces. Divide the cauliflower into florets. Cut the carrots into "coins".

Boil appr. 1/2 liter water (or vegetable broth). Add the onion (except the green part), cauliflower and carrots (if needed, add more water to cover the vegetables) so that all the vegetables are covered. Add some salt at this stage, if you are not using vegetable broth. Let cook for 5 minutes before adding the potatoes. Then continue cooking for 5-10 minutes (or until the vegetables are cooked) on mild to medium heat (the water should be mildly bubbling).

Add the green part of the onion and peas, milk and flour+butter mix. Bring the soup to boil and let cook for a couple of minutes so that the broth thickens a bit. If needed, add more water or milk. Season with salt and pepper.



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