Borage Soup

Borage is a humble plant that grows wild on roadsides and mountainsides. Today few people can recognise it and fewer still know how to clean and cook it. But little by little, great chefs are returning to it by way of new recipes and shorter cooking times. Its crunchy stems and delicate flowers now adorn dishes at some of the world's best restaurants.



Ingredients

Borage

1

Onion

1/2

Olive oil

1 squirt

Saffron

1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon

1 stick

Nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon

Clove

1/4 teaspoon

Bay leaf

1

Hazelnuts

8

Modern Recipe

  • Step 1
    Clean the borage

    Peel the borage, remove the leaves and rinse the stems. Cut into pieces.

  • Step 2
    Boil them

    Cook the borage in boiling water no more than 5 minutes so they stay crunchy.

  • Step 3
    Make a sauce

    Make a sauce with a drizzle of olive oil, half a finely chopped onion, hazelnuts, clove, a bay leaf, a pinch each of saffron and cinnamon and add the yeast.

  • Step 4
    Add water and let it cook.

    Take the water from the borage, add it to the sauce, and let it cook.

  • Step 5
    Strain the soup

    Once the soup is ready, strain it.

  • Step 6
    Making the foam

    Whip the soup with chopsticks or similar until it rises into a fine foam.

  • Step 7
    Presentation

    Plate the borage and put the foam on top of it. Garnish with borage flowers or purple shamrock.

Nuevo arte de cocina

Juan Altamiras, a cook and Franciscan friar, wrote Nuevo arte de cocina to help future generations of cooks who, like him, had no previous training. It is one of the first collections of practical recipes to record the humble ingredients, tastes and cooking customs of common people.

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