Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Home Cooking

Soup

Why was my soup bitter?

Share:

Home Cooking 5

Why was my soup bitter?

greedygirl | Apr 13, 2008 12:15 PM

So, I made a cauliflower soup today with cauliflower from my organic veg box and for some reason it wasn't very good - it had a kind of bitter aftertaste.

I used a Gordon Ramsay recipe which involved poaching the cauliflower in chicken stock and milk with a touch of saffron, and then pureeing. The chicken stock was nicely flavoured, and homemade. But the soup turned out bitter - I added more salt and a touch of sugar, which helped a bit, and then cream, and then grated cheddar (I've made cauliflower cheese soup before which was good), but it was still a little bitter and I didn't feel I could serve it to guests. (Cue emergency trip to the shop for asparagus.)

Any ideas as to what went wrong? The only thing I can think of is that I did cook it for longer than suggested due to being distracted (the recipe said poach until just tender, but it was definitely well-cooked).

I hate it when dishes turn out wrong!

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound