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I like challenging my mind to think differently and like to play games where I translate sensory experiences as if they were different languages. “What music does that smell sound like?” Or, “What color is that song?” A few weeks ago, translating my new painting into a dinner party was such a fun challenge, I decided I would continue taking non-food visuals and transferring them into recipes.

This photograph was taken out my sunroom window on a foggy, Chicago morning. We live next  to historic Graceland Cemetery which is the final home of many famous Chicago notables including Marshall Field, Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan. In general, I love getting mileage out of dumb jokes so whenever people ask what I think about living next to a cemetery, I reply, “It’s great. We have quiet, permanent neighbors.” The truth is, I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful landscape filled with notable architecture, plenty of trees and the aura of great history.

The Graceland Cemetery photo looks calm, stable, earthy, green and hazy. I translated it into a steaming bowl of cream of asparagus soup. If my photography skills were better, you would be able to see that my bowl was indeed steamy and piping hot!

This recipe is delicious and creamy but doesn’t actually use any cream at all. (Which is better for my slightly expanding waistband.)

Cream of Asparagus Soup

4 cups chicken stock
1 bunch of asparagus
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup spring onions, chopped

1/2 cup flour
1 cup milk
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Chop the asparagus and boil it in the chicken stock until tender. In a separate sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the onions and cook a few minutes. Stir in the flour to make a roux. Separate the chicken stock from the asparagus and slowly add it to the flour mixture whisking it together. Heat it for a few minutes so it begins to thicken. Add the asparagus back in and stir in the milk. Continue to stir for another minute or until hot. Use either an immersion blender in the pot or pour the soup in portions into a blender to pulse the soup until it is a desired consistency.

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7 Responses to “Cream of Asparagus Soup”

  1. Casey Says:

    I like the way you think about food….it really puts a new perspective on things for me. Now I’m itching to go look at all my photographs, and see which foods they remind me of :) Not to mention I love asparagus, and I’m going to try this recipe this weekend!

    Thanks for all the new ideas!

  2. Five blogs that make me think « missv Says:

    [...] Whipped whets my appetite for good food. It’s a food blog with its own spin on the genre. Caroline makes me think about food in new ways: a photograph of a cold wintry cemetery scene become visual inspiration for a recipe for cream of asparagus soup. I also get to play would you rather … [...]

  3. Liz Says:

    When people make cracks about the cemetery, I also like to say they there is plenty of parking since dead people don’t drive. I’ll let you know how the soup turns out – look delicious!

  4. biff gibbs Says:

    I freaking LOVE the composition!!

  5. Whipped » Blog Archive » This Bike Tastes Like…Dark Chocolate Mint Gelato Says:

    [...] My favorite food/creative exercises this year have been taking inspiration from non-food objects whether art or photography and turning them into recipes. I hoped to do it more regularly but have found that it does not always come easy. Some weeks ago, moved by a gorgeous flowering tree, I invented a number of recipes but all were forced so I bagged it. [...]

  6. » Five blogs that make me think « missv-My 1983 Says:

    [...] Whipped whets my appetite for good food. It’s a food blog with its own spin on the genre. Caroline makes me think about food in new ways: a photograph of a cold wintry cemetery scene?become visual inspiration for?a recipe?for cream of asparagus soup. I also get to play would you rather … [...]

  7. showers Says:

    Keep up the interesting posts. I love to see keen bloggers!

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