Thermal Cooking – Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

What do you do when you live in an area that rarely gets snow and all the roads are closed? I always go outside to listen to how quiet it it.  I love the silence of the morning before everyone wakes up.

Silence – Wetumpka Alabama Snow

Well for one we don’t go to work since the roads are all closed.  Yeah, mother nature forced leave from work.  Ugh, nothing like using up 8 hours of vacation time today and 4 more tomorrow since I don’t have to report in until noon due to ice on the roads.  Talk about messing up a days work.  So after making sure both the chicken coops had fresh water, fee and getting the eggs in I decided to make some soup.  What kind of soup will I make?  Lately I’ve been trying to only cook from what we have in the pantry or the freezer.  In the freezer I had a large bag of stir fry vegetables (store brand labeled California Blend and I’m not sure why) and decided to try to make an Alder Grove version of Broccoli Cauliflower Soup+.  To make it interesting I made it in my Thermal Cooker. 

Here is my recipe:

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

  • 28 oz bag of frozen Stir Fry Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 medium size potatoes diced (I left the skin on so that’s a +)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 6 cups water (or broth)
  • 7 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons (heaping) tomato bouillon powder
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning (add more to suit your taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In the thermal cooker pot I dissolved the bouillon cubes in the water.  Once dissolved I added all the ingredients and brought everything to a boil.  I simmered on high heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.  After the time was up I placed the lid on the pot and put it into the Thermal Cooker.

Wait 3-4 hours and it’s done.  Remove the pot from the cooker and enjoy.  If you want your soup thicker add a little cornstarch in water and stir into the soup.  Return back to the stove top and simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Top with cheese!  Enjoy!