Watercress and lemon soup
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Babiche Martens
When we were children growing up on the farm, we would bag up watercress and fruit — and in May, beautiful field mushrooms — then sit in the school bus shed for hours, waiting for a car to come past to buy something from our stall. Luckily, our neighbours were generous types and stopped to shop.
I love the distinctive fresh peppery flavour of watercress. This soup has just a few ingredients — including lemon, which adds a subtle surprise. It is delicious hot or chilled.
- In a large pot place the butter to melt. Add the leek, garlic, celery and potato, sweating for 5-10 minutes until completely soft but not brown.
- Add the chicken stock and lemon zest and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add the watercress, cooking for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes.
- Place the mixture into a blender in batches and mix until smooth. Return to a large pot, season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with crusty bread and garnish with watercress leaves.