Saturday, July 6, 2013

"Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup." ~ Bennett Cerf

This is the time of year for scapes - those curly tops of planted garlic.  We have friends who plant garlic every fall, and harvest the scapes, with their strong garlic flavor, in early summer.  Bruce has traditionally helped with the planting and the harvesting and recently brought home bags filled with scapes.

Last year I did a post on scapes and tried an improvised recipe that I generally felt was a failure, though others seemed to like it ok.  This year I didn't improvise - I went straight for a recipe that had scapes in the ingredient list.  Spinach, Pea and Garlic Scape Soup has a treasure trove of fresh ingredients.  Not to matter that it is near 90 degrees out.  I turned on the air-conditioning and christened my newest All Clad acquisition - a 3 quart sauce pan - yes, I have been saving up my gift cards again!












A little bit of slicing and dicing, but a very easy recipe - and I think that it will freeze well - I don't intend to make a dinner of soup on a 90 degree day!  I did one change - I used the fat-free half and half that I had on hand instead of the cream called for in the recipe.  Next time I would omit the butter - I don't think that it's necessary - the olive oil suits just fine for sautéing.  Also, if you'd like a bit of a stronger flavor (the end result tastes quite a bit like peas) I'd consider increasing the amount of scapes. Enjoy!

10 comments:

  1. Really beautiful photos! It looks yummy!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn - it is yummy - not the kind of thing I usually make. I am a salt and fat kind of girl - which I know isn't good. I'm so glad to have found something healthy that I like!

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  2. Peas, scapes and spinach are all fresh in my garden right now - perfect timing for this tasty looking soup. I'm planning to make a pesto, too. Have you made pesto with scapes?

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    1. I have not made scape pesto - I need to get cracking! I'm sure that it is wonderful!

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  3. Yummm, I love scapes, well ... I love anything garlic. I will try this soup. I would love to make a raw version for lunch. Thank you for sharing xox Clarice

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    1. I hope to hear how your go - "goes"! I think that it will be wonderful!

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  4. Wonderful pictures ( as usual)! Looks divine!

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    1. Thanks Alison! I have an idea that this is right up you alley!

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  5. So I've never heard of scapes until this post! Thanks for the new information and idea.

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    1. Until my husband was asked to help harvest them, I had never heard of them either!

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