Described as smart, darkly funny and life-affirming, this debut novel by Richard Roper is about taking chances – even when we feel we have the most to lose. Towards the end of the book, there is a dinner party, which involves a lot of stressful planning. Here is the excerpt that inspired me to find and discover the main ingredient in this soup…
“Just then, he received a text from Jim with the menu for that evening (the food sounded reassuringly posh—what , indeed, was kohlrabi?) …”
If you have never heard of kohlrabi, don’t feel embarrassed. Before I read this book I had never heard of it either. Turns out, kohlrabi is a German Turnip, although it is more closely related to cabbage than it is to a root vegetable. Like cabbage it can be green or purple or pale. It has a mild flavor, meaty texture and is packed full of vitamins C and B6 as well as fiber and potassium. I tracked it down at my local Whole Foods Market and mixed it with homemade stock, fresh lemongrass and ginger, for a soup that felt life-affirming and tasted sufficiently posh.
Makes: about 4 cups
Diet Type: Gluten Free
Challenge Level: Piece of Cake
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
If you don’t like chunks in your soup (or your kids don’t), blend the kohlrabi soup until smooth and velvety in texture. It’s best to blend in batches.