Soup Season is on! – (Vegan) Curried Cauliflower Soup

Soup and a hearty salad – this has been my dinner formula for the past weeks. Normally I’m not much of a soup person but the slowly-appearing cold weather is clearly influencing my cooking.
And the thing is Soup Season has started (thrilled when I found out this “season” even exists!) so I thought it was about time I brought back my less-than-5-ingredients soup recipes, like this Spinach Coconut Ginger one I posted not too long ago.
Today I’m sharing a creamier variation, cauliflower-based and guess what? This one only takes 4 ingredients to make – It doesn’t take much to treat yourself to one of the most comforting soups ever ~~
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Curried Cauliflower Soup (Vegan)
Ingredients (makes 4-5 portions):
290g fresh cauliflower
700ml vegetable broth
150ml (canned) coconut milk
1 tablespoon (thai) yellow curry paste

Method:
1. Cut the cauliflower into small chunks and put them in a soup pot. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil at medium heat.
2. Regularly pinch the cauliflower with a fork until it feels soft; then add the coconut milk and curry paste making sure it dissolves.
3. Mix everything with the help of a hand mixer until you get a creamy texture. The curry paste gave this soup enough flavor so I didn’t really need to add any extra spices. Feel free to try a bit and add some salt, pepper or other spices to taste.

Foodie destination: Lille!

New favorite word: Boulangerie.
I know it’s a bit of an innocent discovery but yesterday, while standing mesmerized in front of this gorgeous vitrine, I finally found out it means bakery. Since everything sounds nicer in French, I decided I’ll just stop saying bakery and just say boulangerie from now on.
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I have a thing for this kind of vitrines and I wasn’t disappointed during my one day trip to Lille (located in the North of France). I was invited together with some other fellow bloggers to discover this city as a weekend destination for Belgians since it’s just across the border and has everything to offer. I live in Antwerp and it took me only 2 hours to get there (direct train connection) and the train ticket was quite affordable.

I’m not kidding when I say that the delicious (and why not, comforting and mouthwatering) smell of freshly-baked bread would follow me everywhere while strolling around Lille’s old town. This area is filled with tons of cozy bakeries (excuse me, boulangeries), cafés, pastries, sweets and chocolate shops, all in traditional brick buildings featuring those vitrines I adore.

Adding even more to this feeling of awe, we came across Meert, a confectionery founded in Lille in 1761 and one with the most gorgeous interiors I’ve ever seen. Even though they sell exquisite-looking pastries and chocolates, the highlight of the moment were their waffles. This house is credited for inventing the recipe for stuffed flat waffles and it’s what they are mainly famous for. Can’t visit Lille without trying some of those!
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Time for lunch when we headed to Gare Saint Sauveur. This used to be a train station but has now been transformed into a cultural space. It houses a cinema, exhibition areas and the bar/ restaurant where we made our stop. I immediately fell in love with the casual, creative and trendy vibe of this place. Dishes are presented in a colorful, fun way and even though the menu lacks a bit on the vegetarian/vegan side, I would still recommend checking it out for its atmosphere (I’m told there’s always something to do here).
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Wanderlust satisfied, I would definitely advice a trip to this area if you’re looking to give your weekend a charming French twist.
Bonne journée à tous!

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