CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH TOASTED CUMIN AND LIME

1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1 cup chicken/veggie broth
1 onion, chopped fine
1 cup water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup half-and-half
2-1/2 cups chopped cauliflower
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

In a dry small skillet cook the cumin seed over moderate heat, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until it is fragrant and several shades darker, being careful not to let it burn, and transfer it to a sheet of wax paper. Let the cumin seed cool, fold the wax paper over it, and with a rolling pin crush it to a coarse powder. In a heavy saucepan cook the onion in the butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until it is softened. Add the cauliflower, the broth, and the water and simmer the mixture, covered, for 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender. In a blender or food processor purée the mixture in batches, return it to pan, and stir in the half-and-half, the lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat the soup over low heat, stirring, until it is hot, but do not let it boil, ladle it into bowls, and sprinkle it with the cumin seed powder to taste.

(from Capay Organic Farm CSA “Farm Fresh To You” website)

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