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    Roasted Beetroot Soup with Soured Macadamia Cream

    Beetroot is a real star in this amazing soup.  Top with soured macadamia cream for a dish that is hearty, filling and bursting with flavour.

    Roasted beetroot soup

    1 bunch beetroot
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 brown onion, chopped
    3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
    1 teaspoon caraway seeds
    ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
    1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    2 tablespoons macadamias, roasted, coarsely chopped - 

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Trim each beetroot at the leafy end and individually wrap in aluminium foil. Place on a baking tray and roast for 40 minutes, until a skewer or sharp knife meets no resistance and the beetroot are tender. Remove from foil and cool slightly before rubbing off the skin. Chop the beetroots into pieces.

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, until golden. Add the stock and beetroot and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Using a hand-held blender or food processor, blend until smooth.

    Heat a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Add the caraway, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Cook for 4-5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until caraway is aromatic. Remove from heat and stir through the macadamias.

    Serve warm beetroot soup topped with macadamia sour cream and macadamia and seed sprinkles.
    Macadamia sour cream

    Makes 2 cups

    1 cup raw macadamias
    2-3 tablespoons lemon juice

    Place the macadamias in a bowl, cover with 2 cups of cold water and soak for between 8 and 24 hours.
    Drain and rinse the macadamias and place in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice and process as finely as possible. If you prefer, use a blender. Add remaining lemon juice to taste. If nuts appear dry, add up to 3 tablespoons of boiling water to create desired consistency.

    Allow to stand for 1 hour before serving. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

    Macadamia, Potatoe & Leek Soup


    • 450g unsalted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
    • 3 medium potatoes, peeled, chopped
    • 1 large leek, white part only, washed, sliced
    • 1 brown onion, peeled, chopped
    • 1L (4 cups) chicken stock
    • 300ml thick cream
    • Preheat oven to 180°C.
    • Place 2 tablespoons of the nuts on a tray and roast until golden.
    • Set aside. Place potatoes, leek, onion and stock in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until potato is soft.
    • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. Add the remaining macadamia nuts and blend in batches until smooth.
    • Stir in cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve chilled or hot, garnished with the roasted nuts and slices of toasted baguette.