Fast becoming a Dublin institution, Brother Hubbard’s captured all of our imaginations with its inventive brunch menu and delicious coffee. But this week we’re turning our intentions towards lunchtime and bulk making this delicious and warming past beetroot soup. Perfect foil for the Beast From The East, which is responsible for this particularly baltic cold snap.
Serves 6-8 people
You will need:
1 tbsp olive oil
2-3 onions, diced
1 head celery, diced
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
250g potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes), peeled and diced
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
2 litres boiling water
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of soft brown sugar
Squeeze of lemon, optional
Preheat your oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Wash, top, tail and peel the fresh beetroot, cut it into even-sized chunks or wedges, toss in a little oil and seasoning and roast in the oven at 180°C for 30-45minutes. Check that the wedges are fully tender all the way through.
Meanwhile, prepare your base vegetables. Heat the oil in a large saucepan set over a medium heat. Sweat the onions, celery and garlic together for about 15 minutes, until fully tender. Add the diced potato and cook for another 10 minutes, uncovered, then add the roasted beetroot, chopped tomatoes, water and caraway seeds. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the potato is just cooked.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little before blitzing. Adjust with more liquid if needed to get the desired consistency. Season with salt, pepper and brown sugar to taste, and even a little lemon if you feel it needs it. This is a soup that responds well to blitzing, so do blitz it for about twice as long as you feel is necessary.
Taken from The Brother Hubbard Cookbook by Garrett Fitzgerald (Gill Books, €27.99). Photography by Leo Byrne