Cut the vegetables and keep a few cauliflower florets separate. Stew the chopped onion in some butter and add the lettuce after a minute. Put the celery, cauliflower, stewed onion and lettuce together with sliced potatoes in a pot. Finish with vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for half an hour on medium heat. Put the hand mixer in the cooking pot. Now you can choose a thick soup and then you just have to stir a glass of cream through the soup and finish with a couple of steamed cauliflower florets and a few sprigs of chervil. Or you can push the soup through a sieve and only then finish with cream, roses and chervil. In a variation on this recipe the lettuce is replaced with leeks.

Mechlin cauliflower soup  

green celery cauliflower onions lettuce chervil
The Mechelen region is known for the abundance and quality of its vegetables, especially cauliflowers and asparagus. It is not surprising that the most famous specialty of the Mechelen region is cauliflower soup.  
butter potatoes pepper and salt vegetable stock cream
Photo: flickr
A Recipe Guide For The Amateur Chef Belgian Cuisine

Mechlin

cauliflower soup  

green celery cauliflower onions lettuce chervil
butter potatoes pepper and salt vegetable stock cream
Cut the vegetables and keep a few cauliflower florets separate. Stew the chopped onion in some butter and add the lettuce after a minute. Put the celery, cauliflower, stewed onion and lettuce together with sliced potatoes in a pot. Finish with vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and simmer for half an hour on medium heat. Put the hand mixer in the cooking pot. Now you can choose a thick soup and then you just have to stir a glass of cream through the soup and finish with a couple of steamed cauliflower florets and a few sprigs of chervil. Or you can push the soup through a sieve and only then finish with cream, roses and chervil. In a variation on this recipe the lettuce is replaced with leeks.
The Mechelen region is known for the abundance and quality of its vegetables, especially cauliflowers and asparagus. It is not surprising that the most famous specialty of the Mechelen region is cauliflower soup.  
Photo: flickr a recipe guide for the amateur chef Belgian Cuisine