It is autumn here in Castlemaine, and, for that matter, autumn everywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere as well.
As the cold winds drift in from the Antarctic it is the time to pull out the beanies and scarves and to make superb soups to nourish the soul. It is just plain nous to have a container full of soup in the refrigerator, ready to dip into at all times of the day.
I have a bench full of ingredients, that I bought at a local farmers market this morning, just waiting to be turned into soup. There really is no comparison in the taste of the beautiful things I have lying out there. A cauliflower, some pumpkin, leeks and silver beet.
The cauliflower soup in this group of recipes includes chilli. Personally I use curry in mine and always add some really good quality goats cheese and a sprinkle of home grown parsley.