Monday, August 25, 2008

CREAM OF ONION SOUP WITH CROSTINI FOR WHB AND HAND EMBROIDERY ON KURTA

This weekend i couldnt go out anywhere because of continuous rain since last two days,.hubby was on call yesterday so i kept myself busy doing embroidery on plain kurta
for more pics click here,,.it was quiet relaxing with music of rain drops on the window..took break just to prepare tea,..dinner was light one of soup with crostini,
ingredient for cream of onion soup with chives
onion chopped three
potato one chopped
one litre vegetable or chicken stock
one tablespoon fresh cream
chives one tbsp
salt and pepper according to taste
procedure
heat oil in sauce pan add chopped onions followed by potatoes and cook till onions change colour.
add stock and bring to boil,reduce the heat ,cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes till potatoes are tender.
process the soup in blender till smooth,return to the pan add salt,pepper cream and chives and heat without boiling.
before serving add more chives ,serve hot with crostini.
for crostini
procedure is same as given here
for topping i used parmesan cheese,sliced yellow capsicum,salt ,pepper and english parsley.
Parsley are of two type curly and flat leaf type ,curly leaf is used for farnishing and the flat leaf type is stronger then curly leaf type because of the essential oil known as apiol,another type of parsley is grown as root vegetable as with hamburg root parsley.
Parsley is widely used as a companion plant in gardens. Like many other umbellifers, it attracts predatory insects, including wasps and predatory flies to gardens, which then tend to protect plants nearby. They are especially useful for protecting tomato plants, for example the wasps that kill tomato hornworms also eat nectar from parsley. While parsley is biennial, not blooming until its second year, even in its first year it is reputed to help cover up the strong scent of the tomato plant, reducing pest attraction.
Culinary use
In parts of Europe, and particularly in West Asia, many foods are served with chopped parsley sprinkled on top. The fresh flavor of parsley goes extremely well with fish. Parsley is a key ingredient in several West Asian salads, e.g., tabbouleh which is the national dish of Lebanon. In Southern and Central Europe, parsley is part of bouquet garni, a bundle of fresh herbs used to flavor stocks, soups, and sauces. Additionally, parsley is often used as a garnish. Persillade is mixture of chopped garlic and chopped parsley. Gremolata is a mixture of parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.
Medicinal use
source from here for preservation of parsley

Preservation of Parsley
When freshly cut keep the tips in a bottle of water. If kept for too long they may even begin to sprout roots.
Keep the fresh leaves in a plastic bag or jar in the refrigerator or wrapped in a slightly moistened paper towels.
Parsley may be preserved by drying. Place cut leaves into a paper bag and hang in a cool, dry place. Alternatively preheat an oven to 120ÂșC, turn off and place the leaves on a baking sheet for 15 Minutes. This method tends to preserve the flavour and colour best.
Parsley may be frozen in ice cubes or the sprigs may be wrapped in foil packets and frozen. Parsley butter also freezes well.

hindi name -ajmood/ kannada name - achu mooda / malyalam kothambeluri

CROSTINI with topping of parmesan cheese,capsicum and fresh parsley

goes to WEEKEND HERB BLOGGING EVENT


HOSTED BY SRIVALLI AND STARTED BY KALYN .

How was ur weekend frens/???






37 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow nice embroidery. Soup looks awesome.

Sireesha said...

WOW...Superb and fantastic embroidery Priyanka.....Soup looks Gr8....Useful and info on parsely....

I am fine.How r u?How was ur weekend?

Yasmeen said...

Cool entry for WHB. The soup and crostini combo sound delicious.
I have an award waiting for you at my blog.

Pearlsofeast said...

Thanks for sharing the soup,I always wanted to make onion soup,The embroidery looks good.

Suma Rajesh said...

nice reading the description...u have got a nice talent other than cooking... embroidery looks too beautiful..and soup its relaxing food durinf rainy season..luved its colour..

Annarasa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your site with the beautiful kurtas and the henna too!!

Apu

Laavanya said...

Both onion soup & crostini are mouthwatering... The embroidery is very pretty too.

LG said...

Soup looks nice and good information about Parsely. Never took the courage of buying it..must try it soon :)

SriLekha said...

wow1 the pics are tempting! am feeling hungry on seeing ur pics!
embroidery is so good!

Illatharasi said...

Very nice recipes... these have to be tried for sure :)

My weekend was good, celebrated Krishna jayanthi with my little krishna(my nephew Rohan):) Made gulab jamuns and murukku, will blog them soon.

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karuna said...

wowo the kurta looks so pretty.and the soup looks yummy. weekend was pretty noraml just went to a friends house warming today.

sowmya said...

wow..lovely crostini..must have been great during the rains..weekend was quite boring naa due to the rains..

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the wonderful entry...your embroidery looks great too!

Nidhi said...

That is some good embroidery! Loved your crostini.

romaspace said...

Really well-dressed Crostini.

I love the embroidery. I also like to embroider on kurtas , it gives a ethnic look and a personal touch.

Valentina said...

These crostinis are really delicious.And I loved how you offered this great explanation about parsley. learnt quite a few new things.

Sharmila said...

Beautiful embroidery and good looking soup and crostini.:-)

Sukanya said...

The embroidery is good, The soup and Crostini are truly a wonderful meal for a rainy day. Its really nice to know so much about Parsley.Thanks for the info

Divya said...

Hmmm..yummy!!Now who wouldn't love a bowl of soup on a rainy day..and cream of onion soup?my fave...got to try it your way next time.And the embroidery looks great..you are a great artist too!!

Sameera.. said...

Nice embroidery :)
I am a biiig fan of soups and I am going to try this out !
Best Rgds,
Sam !

dindintonight said...

Great embroidery! Love the soup and crostini :-)

Madhavi said...

very nice embroidery, love ur cream of onion soup. Crostini look mouth-drooling dear, keep rocking!!!

Uma said...

the embroidery, the soup and the crostini everything looks awesome. Nice entries.

Priti said...

Soup looking yum so do the crostini..looks very nice...nice entry for the event.

pallavi said...

hey v nice receipes and is that green sequin on the kurta? luks gud. btw wil i stink a lot after onion soup?

shobana said...

gr8 work priyanka....soup looks tempting...

Maheswari said...

Warming soup...Delicious..Work on kurta looks great..

Sujatha said...

beautiful embroidery, Priyanka!

I love onion soups.. will try this soon..

Simran said...

Lovely kurta. And delicious combination of soup and crostini - need some of that in rainy Bombay.

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Kitchen Flavours said...

Award waiting for you in my blog.

Purva Desai said...

wow embroidery is really neat..
and soup looks soo refreshing and healthy..

Usha said...

Wonderful embroidery on the kurta and loved the soup and crostini too,looks delicious :)

Hima said...

Nice onion soup..

Ramya Bala said...

Priyanka,
Yesterday,I visited ur craft blog and awesome...U r v.well talented yaar...keep the gd work going.
The soup sound diff with oinion and potato..Crostini as side is inviting me...GD job

Sunshinemom said...

I can smell the aroma here! Neat work on the kurta:)

Kalyn said...

Sorry I am so slow at catching up on the WHB entries. I had a very rough week going back to school! Finally it's the weekend. I love fresh parsley, so this sounds great to me.