Cry Baby Soup Recipe: Roasted Garlic, Cauliflower, Parsnip, Leek

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009

Those tweeting me might know that I’m having my wisdom teeth surgically removed tomorrow. A week ago, my gums began to throb badly and before long, my cheek and jaw became sore and swollen. I visited a very young, charismatic dental surgeon that had me wait for an hour and charged me $90 for the < 10 minute consultation. He suggested it is time to dig those pesky things out.
My eyes grew huge in disbelief when he warned me about the potential risks. The upper one is embedded very high inside my jaw and the removal may result in a hole from my mouth to my sinus which would require further surgery. The root of the lower one is touching the main nerve running along my jaw-line and an unsteady hand may cause temporary to permanent paralysis of the left side of my tongue, jaw, and mouth. Just perfect.
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While I realize that he’s obligated to warn me about the worst-case scenario and I may be a bit melodramatic, I’m still pretty nervous. I’ve been coming up with a list of liquid to soft foods that I can enjoy post-surgery without compromising enjoyment and flavour. After all, I may have to get used to this for the rest of my life.

Here is a comforting soup to serve to those current cry babies in your life. Or as an appetizer, for lunch or a light dinner. Whichever. I’m not opposed to a drizzle of white truffle oil on top either.

Also, links to some solid recipes for soft foods are much appreciated.


1 leek, trimmed, washed, sliced thinly
1 small head of cauliflower, cut up roughly
2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut up roughly
3 heads of garlic
1 bouquet garni
1 L chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups water
salt and white pepper
cream (optional)
olive oil
Parmesan cheese, shaved with vegetable peeler
grainy Dijon mustard
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Roast the garlic by cutting off the top to expose cloves, drizzling with olive oil and salt, wrapping in aluminum foil, and roast in the toaster oven for 40 minutes at 350°F. Remove the cloves from the skin when it is cool enough to handle.
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Meanwhile, sweat the leek with some olive oil in a large, deep pot for several minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, the bouquet garni, and stock and bring to a boil. Place the lid on, lower the heat and let the soup simmer until the vegetables are very tender, about 20 minutes.
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Remove the bouquet garni, add the roasted garlic, and purée the soup with an immersion or in a blender. Be very careful of splattering and steam! Return the soup to the pot and add more stock, water, or cream until the desired viscosity is achieved. Season with salt and white pepper and bring the soup back up to a simmer.

Garnish with Parmesan shavings and grainy mustard. Serve piping hot.
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  • stephen

    I love the combo of parsnips and cauliflower. what produce is in season in BC?

  • pg

    I got mine out (4, impacted, they actually moved a row of my teeth out of alignment before I got them taken out).

    It’s pretty variable how much downtime you will have. I had it bad (the stitches broke on the second day and I had to go back) and was on the couch for about a week. I’ve had friends go in, get 4 out, and be back in action bar hopping the next day. You never really know.

    The really weird part is having open holes in your mouth for 1-2 months after (they fill in eventually). Shockingly huge pieces of food get stuck in them. I was so happy, 3 weeks after I got them out, when I could finally eat a hamburger again.

    Good luck. Btw, if you need a good dentist in Vancouver –I know a great one.

  • Paula – bell’alimento

    Oooh so sorry to hear about your wisdom teeth. Your soup looks amazing & your photos are beautiful! Hoping for a speedy recovery for you :)

  • jenn

    Wow! Elegant presentation. Soup look healthy and delicious. The flavors sounds delicious too.

  • Ruth

    Love parsnips! Gotta try this soup!

  • s. stockwell

    Too sorry for your wisdom teeth pain and surgery?? we all go through this and the result is almost always good…so, don’t worry, be happy that the pain will soon be over. in the mean time this lovely, lovely soup with fab photo…love the presentation…will be just the thing to cure us all. :D best, s

  • cakewardrobe

    Your blog is GORGEOUS! Good luck on your wisdom tooth removal. I had mine removed at the beginning of this year and I was dreadfully nervous – but happy after it was removed to know that though I couldn’t chew “hard,” I could still eat without painkillers. I hope your procedure goes well! xoxo

  • iRaw

    Wow, your soup looks fantastic! And the roasted garlic looks awesome – I seriously love garlic. Hope you’re feeling better!

  • lisaiscooking

    Good luck with having your surgery! This soup looks like a perfect meal for recovery.

  • Mel (admin)

    Thank you everyone for the love and concern. No extra holes in my head or paralysis that I’m aware of yet. Just bloody, achy, and annoyed, but that’s nothing to whine about :) Enjoy the soup!

    I LOVE YOU ALL!! Time to go see what your blogs have been up to <3

    @ stephen: I only know about Southern BC (BC is a huge Provence) It's almost summer fruit fest right now. I can't wait! I refuse to eat imported fruits that we have in abundance here (although only for a short time) We have the most gorgeous local berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries), as well as cherries, nectarines, peaches etc. Corn too, and hazelnuts :)

    @ pg: that sounds tres gross and bummer but I hope I'm those lucky ones. I made sure to party hard on Wed to get that out of my system first.

  • _ts-eatingclubvancouver

    “Cry Baby Soup”, haha. =D

    I think the oral surgeon I went to was really good. (He wasn’t actually a dentist; he was an oral surgeon.) My wisdom teeth retrieval was pretty straightforward, so it was just done in his office/clinic (instead of at the hospital). I had four removed, and they didn’t hurt at all! I didn’t even need to take any painkillers. There was no swelling, no bruising, and I could eat solid food after a few hours! (Those “holes” were just a little bit unnerving.) Very expensive, though. I guess that’s why! ;)

  • Alyssa

    Looks delicious. (: I’ll have to try this recipe out one day.

  • hlen fenn

    this looks fantastic;i really like that creamy looking texture and i can’t wait to try this one day after the weather starts to cool off. i really love soups but i’m not too crazy about the cauliiflower but i promise it won’t stop me from trying it. helen fenn

  • Erica

    That looks beautiful!!! I love the presentation.

  • Tangled Noodle

    I hope you are well now! I wish I had some of this goodness when I had all of my dental work a few years ago. 8-D

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