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LOVE Soup with Pistachio Dukkah

Hey there! We haven’t posted for a while because we wanted to get our new site ready (soon there!!!). But we got tired of waiting and felt like making a little food contribution on V-day so we cooked a red soup with cute and tasty toppings on. Unfortunately our kids rated this soup as “One of the worst soups they have ever eaten!” so that was kind of a bummer. But don’t listen to them. Your Valentine’s date hopefully has better taste than our kids. Because this is a good and simple little number with creamy cauliflower and potatoes, earthy beetroots and tasty spices. We serve it with sauerkraut and a generous drizzle of pistachio dukkah on top. So, happy Valentine’s Day. Cook this soup for someone you like. Make sure to top it with lots of dukkah. And don’t let your kids try it.


We also made giant dino kale chips by brushing whole dino kale leaves with oil and salt and roasting them on 150°C / 300°F for 20 min or until crisp.
Peace, Love and Beetroots!


Beet & Cauliflower Soup
Serves 4-6
This is a vegan soup but you could add a little cream or plant based cream if you want to make it extra round and creamy (maybe our kids would have liked it more then ;)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion
1 garlic clove
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 head (500 g /1 lb) cauliflower, cut into florets and stem chopped
4 (300 g / 10 oz) beetroots, peeled and chopped
2 potatoes
vegetable stock or water, to cover
1 tsp sea salt
lemon juice, to taste

Heat oil in a saucepan and stir-fry onion, garlic, fennel seeds and cumin seeds until fragrant and golden. Add cauliflower florets and the chopped stem, beetroots, potatoes, water and salt and cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Use a stick blender to blend the soup smooth. Taste and adjust the flavours, adding in a little lemon for acidity and a splash of cream if you prefer. Serve in bowls topped with a drizzle of olive oil, fermented sauerkraut and Pistachio Dukkah Spice Blend.

Pistacchio & Hazelnut Dukkah Spice Blend

4 tbsp pistachio nuts
4 tbsp hazelnuts
2 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp fennel seeds
4 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp nigella seeds
1 tsp sea salt

Place pistachio nuts and hazelnuts on a dry frying pan and gently roast on low to medium heat for 3 minutes. Transfer to a pestle and mortar or a food processor. Now add coriander, cumin, fennel and sesame seeds to the pan and gently roast for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then transfer to the nuts and add nigella seeds and sea salt as well.  Bash it up in a pestle and mortar or pulse a few times in the food processor, we´re looking for a nice crunchy texture, not a powder. Store in an airtight glass.


  1. Posted 14 Feb ’19 at 19:32 | #

    This looks so good, I love the red vibrant colour of it! Thank you for sharing, I’ve really missed your recipes! 🙂❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Janene Joll
    Posted 14 Feb ’19 at 20:36 | #

    I think this recipe is a winner. With all those vegetables and the spicy topping. it has to be good for you. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Posted 15 Feb ’19 at 10:25 | #

    LOVE the love soup idea. The dukkah seems like the perfect edition! x

    chevrons & éclairs

  4. Sarah
    Posted 17 Feb ’19 at 09:10 | #

    I had never heard of cavolo nero being called dino kale before!

  5. Posted 17 Feb ’19 at 23:51 | #

    Bravo! Beautiful soup that would be great at nourishing our blood from two angles. Beets are sweet and full of goodness that nourishes our spleen. The deeeeeep red colour energetically nourishes our blood. Beets are loaded with iron which is highly valuable for plentiful and healthy red blood cells and as you have added lemon juice you will get enhanced absorption of it. And kale amongst other things is rich with magnesium which nourishes our muscles and blood vessels. Hurray to a beautiful soup from my favourite source of goodness.

    Many blessings
    Miro (Zen Hands Natural Therapies)

  6. Posted 17 Feb ’19 at 23:59 | #

    In Australia we also call it Cavolo Nero or just Kale.



  7. Posted 20 Feb ’19 at 16:39 | #

    That looks delicious! Comfort food recipes will always find a way to me eventually, I love trying new things.

  8. Agnes
    Posted 23 Feb ’19 at 15:49 | #

    Gjorde den idag och tappade nästan hakan, bland det godaste jag ätit tror jag.

  9. elisa
    Posted 23 Feb ’19 at 20:33 | #


    I’m making the soup now..the 2 potatoes are in the list of the ingredients, but not in directions on how to make the soup.
    I’m assuming I’ll add them with the cauliflower and beetroots?

    I love your recipes, thank you for sharing them!!


    • Posted 24 Feb ’19 at 14:20 | #

      Yes you are right, they are added together with the other vegetables. Will amend recipe right away.

  10. Posted 1 Mar ’19 at 12:35 | #

    Hi guys 🙂
    I really love the idea of posting a soup recipe for Valentine’s day. You’re the best!😂
    But with this amazing color, you’re quite right though. It reminds me of my Purple Love Smoothie recipe, haha.
    Anyways, I will make some beetroot soup for tonight. And it’s probably because the thought of beetroots hasn’t left my mind, since I saw your post. So thank for the inspiration, as always.
    I think, I will adapt it a little and bake the cauliflower in the oven instead of putting it in the soup. And when it’s nice and crispy (hopefully) then it goes on top of the finished soup. Hopefully, this will work out…
    Have a nice weekend with your little monkeys ;)
    xo, Romy

    In Love with Bliss – plantiful recipes nourishing body & soul

  11. Posted 13 Mar ’19 at 07:28 | #

    I always carve for Soups but i can’t eat these type of foods because these foods are not good for health but after reading this recipe i can make these at home… can’t wait for this mouthwatering red velvet soup,and i want to read your more recipe for but can you suggest me what can i use instead of pistachio nuts and sesame seeds ?
    Thank You So Much For Sharing This.

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