Try this lovely nutritious recipe for Spanish Almond Soup. It is full
of all those things that make the Mediterranean Diet one of the healthiest
in the world.
This dish is yet another example of why the is proving to be one of the
healthiest in the world. Not only are almonds rich in vitamin E and magnesium
they are also full of phytochemicals which help to protect the body against
degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Almonds have
also been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help the body to block
the absorption of fats and carbohydrates thus helping to control obesity.
This Spanish Almond Soup recipe also contains garlic and both of which are important health giving
components of the Mediterranean diet.
So enjoy this wonderful Spanish dish with the added knowledge
that you are benefiting your health.
Spanish Almond Soup is traditionally served in Spain as a first course at
Christmas but it is delightful served at any time of the year.
There are many regional variations of it and this one hails from
and has a slight reminder of it’s Moorish
past in the hint of cumin.
50 ml olive oil
400gms. almonds, blanched.
2 cloves of garlic.
1/4 tsp. cumin.
4 slices bread, diced
1 and a half litres chicken broth.
Sea salt to taste.
Chopped parsley to garnish.
Heat the oil and toast the almonds,garlic, bread and saffron.
When golden brown set a few of the croutons aside to garnish
then blend the rest in a blender along with the peppercorns, cumin and salt.
Add a little of the broth and the vinegar to purée. Heat the rest of the broth
then stir in the puréed almond mixture and bring to the boil. Simmer genlyfor
15 minutes, stirring occasionally, then serve hot garnished with the parsley and reserved croutons.