My first run in Vibram Five Fingers (Wedding Cauliflower Soup)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 in Food

I committed the cardinal sin of Vibram Five Fingers (VFFs) today.

Vibrams

I ran 2 1/2 miles my first time wearing them.

I know. You are supposed to start out slow. Walk some. Run for under 5 minutes. Get your legs used to it. And I had every intention of doing that. I was going to head outside to walk in the beautiful weather and I opened up our shoe closet to grab my running shoes and the Husband’s Vibrams sang to me. We wear roughly the same shoe size and I thought I’d just try them out. I started walking and felt great. So I tried a little running and then I just couldn’t stop. I felt amazing. Strong and natural. Finally, around 2 miles in, I could feel the shoes starting to pinch my toes, so I headed back.

But it was amazing! Nothing hurt. It felt so incredibly natural.

Vibrams

I’m sure I’ll regret it tomorrow and be incredibly sore, but it just felt so good! I was originally told I couldn’t wear VFFs because of my long toes, but I think if I just go a half size up from my Husband’s, we might be in business. Although I do worry about them being too big in the heel.

Feet

They sure did feel good to take off, though. After the run (and snaking out of the VFFs), I did what I call the Basic Body Routine. Which is a set of three exercises when I don’t have the time (or interest) to do a full strength routine. Two sets each of push-ups, squats and bicycle crunches. Just enough to remind the major muscle group that I care. Stretched and then hit the showers. It felt great to sweat again. You may have noticed that I hadn’t worked out since last Monday. Nice to be back in the saddle.

Milk

After my shower, I refueled with a Mason jar full of skim milk, spiked with a few tablespoons of half and half (just so I could get some all-important recovery fats).

Dinner

Let’s talk about cauliflower soup.

Cauliflower Soup

When someone says “cauliflower soup” it probably sounds like something an evil lunch lady would serve to poor elementary school kids as a torture device. I would have thought this, too. But my world was changed in 2008 when I was fortunate enough to be a bridesmaid for my sister-in-law (my husband’s brother’s wife, got that?).

Kim and Steve

After a fantastic, but exhausting, day of the ceremony, schmoozing, and photography, we landed at the reception to a nice warm bowl of beige at the head table. I had heard mention of this cauliflower soup throughout the weekend, but thought for sure it must be sheer folly. For no bride would serve cauliflower soup at her wedding! Especially not one as elegant as Kim. BUT SHE DID. And I’m glad she did. (I, on the other hand, was supremely classy and served BBQ on trash can lids at my wedding. Another post for another time.)

The soup was creamy and cozy and smooth AND elegant. So comforting on a throat that was sore from talking and mingling so much. I immediately grabbed the Bride and told her how amazing it was. The soup was a thing of glory. So special, that after a few too many tequila shots, on the ride back to our beds on the aptly named “party bus,” my thoughts immediately went to how good a food the soup would be for a hangover.

And obviously it was so impactful that I’m writing a blog entry about it 2 1/2 years later.

When I made mac and cheese with cauliflower last week, I remembered the infamous cauliflower soup and was suddenly sparked to remake it. I did some Google research and landed on The Pioneer Woman’s recipe. It looked amazing and creamy and delicious. It also looked decidedly more PW style than BTHR. A stick of butter, 2 cups of whole milk, a cup of half-and-half and a (heaping) cup of sour cream? While it may fit into my “everything in moderation” rule, it certainly didn’t fit into my desire to have an everyday cauliflower soup. And I just couldn’t, in good conscience, make that recipe while wearing a SparkPeople shirt.

Me SparkPeople

So thanks for the inspiration Ree, but I went rogue.

Wedding Cauliflower Soup

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 small onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 medium stalks celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3-4 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
4 c. broth (chicken or veggie)
3/4 c. half and half
1/4 c. sour cream
Salt and pepper

Heat olive oil and butter in a dutch oven or soup pot over medium-low heat. Cook onion, carrots, celery and garlic until just slightly tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and cauliflower. Cover and let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover, add broth, bring to a boil and simmer for another 10-15 minutes or until all veggies are very tender (think mushy). Remove from heat, add half and half and sour cream. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth and frothy. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cauliflower Soup

Just like the Pioneer Woman, we are starting with a mirepoix. Which is the fancy French word for the combo of aromatic veggies used to flavor a lot of French cusine.

Parsley

Once your veggies are tender, throw in a nice handful of parsley. Don’t be shy. We need flava!

Cauliflower

Pulverize one head of cauliflower. Go ahead, it is going to be put through the immersion blender anyway. We aren’t making a veggie tray here. The smaller the chunks, the quicker you have soup.

Cauliflower Sou

Into the pot. Cover and let cook over low for 10-15 minutes.

Broth

Uncover. Add your broth. Bring to a boil, reduce a simmer and cook, cook, cook. You want this cauliflower to be everything you don’t want it to be normally. Super mushy! To get a creamy soup, you need mushy cauliflower. It took mine abut 15 minutes to get there.

Cauliflower Sou

Once mush-i-fied. Turn off the heat and add your half and half and sour cream.

Cauliflower Soup

And then go at it with your immersion blender. Seriously, go to town. Do a dance. Shake your grove thing.

Caulifloewr Soup

Once it is perfectly smooth and frothy, ladle into a bowl, top with a dollop of sour cream and some cheese and bask in the yum.

Cauliflower Soup

This was pretty close to what I remember from the wedding, but I’m gonna bet the cream levels were a little bit closer to the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. That’s okay. I’ll take a slightly less creamy version so I don’t totally negate my run that I’m sure I’ll regret tomorrow.


On a big woohoo! note, my husband did some real housekeeping today (he did the laundry and vacuumed, what a man) and I did some blog housekeeping today. The improved, updated and organized recipes section should be much easier to find and navigate. I also added some new questions to the Q + A, including the gem “Where do you get your little spoons?

 

Good night friends!

7 Comments

  1. This soup looks so yummy and I love your pedi! : )

    • Thanks! A little fun color on the toes always makes me happy. :)

  2. I’m sure those shoes are super comfortable, but they freak me out. I hate feet and these come a little to close to toe-sock territory for me.
    I totally want to try this soup though.

    • Ha! I LOVE toe socks! And sorry for all the feet shots then, this blog probably totally freaked you out. :P

      And try the soup! It’s a good one!

  3. I just bought a pair of Vibram’s this past weekend. They fit too snugly right now. The salesperson said that they should be uncomfortable until you break them in for a while. How cool that you could run right away. I can’t wait until my Vibrams and my feet like each other enough to handle running!

  4. Those shoes look so cool, if I was a runner I would totally have to get them!
    Yummy soup!!!

    Jen

  5. Well… it’s me again. I just ordered my first pair of VFFs! It’s all because of you!!! I have to stop reading this Blog ;) Downloading E-Books and ordering shoes is really expensive for a poor student. But I discovered many similarities and maybe that is why some little voice in my head is whispering: “You’ll like those shoes” :) I needed an idea for a great gift for myself (rough exam) anyway ;)

    Thanks for the “sorry” to the international Blogreaders. Sad that I cannot take part of your giveaways.

    Well have a nice weekend, your serious FAN ( ;) ) from Germany
    Katrin

    PS: At the moment I struggle with searching those Chia seeds no one seems to know in Germany! Is there any other term for it?

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