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1. Roughly chop onions, garlic, celery, green chilli and washed leek and slowly fry (with a little olive oil) in a heavy based saucepan until soft (but no colour).
2. Add the spices and cook for for a further 2 to 3 minutes. Add the roughly chopped cauliflower and cover with the chicken stock (as a vegetarian option use vegetable stock).
3. Bring to the boil, turn down heat and gently simmer until cauliflower is soft.
4. Purée the soup with a stick blender, or in a liquidizer until smooth. Pass the soup through a chinois or fine sieve. Add cream then season to taste. The soup is now ready to eat.
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp water
1. Whisk egg yolks, water and curry powder over a bain marie until the eggs have changed to a pale colour and are light and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper and a dash of lemon juice.
2. Ladle the soup into your bowl, and spoon the sabayon over the top of the soup. Glaze with a gas torch until golden brown. Finish with a few dribbles of fresh cream and a sprig of chervil.
This is a great soup for warming you up on a cold winters day. It also makes a good starter served with baby poppadoms or curried croutons. If you would like it spicier then simply add more spices at the appropriate stage. Suitable for vegetarians
This can be made a couple of days in advance, however the sabayon is best made just before serving.
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