From bookmark to blog: Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

This is a simple roasted cauliflower and leek soup. Roast & blend and you’re done!

I may or may not be drunk blogging this post. It’s the modern day drunk dial.


Well, I’m writing this on Valentine’s Day night as I try to prepare for my departure to a foreign country and hotel that wants to charge me $40 a day for internet. Yeah, that’s not happening. So we’re doing the whole scheduled thing which is resulting in a half-drunk Gina at 9:13pm on Valentine’s Day. And I can confidently say it would be a full-drunk Gina if I had more than half a bottle of wine in my house.

Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup

Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately) I don’t though.

roasted cauliflower soup

So why am I drunk on Valentine’s Day?

Let’s see….

Besides not getting to see my husband today, I haven’t actually spoken to him all week. Thank you, state police academy.

Then the commenting feature on the blog decided to break this morning resulting in some hair pulling, infuriating phone calls with my host and then sitting through 2 database restores that have only half worked. Do you know what it’s like to watch a little progress bar go up 1% at a time while it restores the last almost 2 years of your work? One word: nerve-wracking. Although my files still refuse to restore, the database part of it seems to have fixed the problem…12 hours later.

Oh, and then there’s the piece of certified mail that came from Florida telling you a property you own is in violation of some bizarre county regulation and you have 30 days to fix it or be fined $1,000 per DAY. The best part though? They don’t actually tell you what the violation is. So I guess I’ll just magically figure that out from 1,500 miles away. Stellar.

And since we’ve covered the blog and my personal life, why not throw a work related wrench into the situation? Like my boss quitting. Which is way more upsetting than it probably sounds to most. Way.more.

cauliflower leek soup

Now you understand the wine (and the venting session…sorry).

Funny enough, in the middle of all this crap, I made cauliflower soup today. Because obviously there wasn’t any better time to do so.

Love & Lemons is a newer to me blog but I simply adore their style. Adore, adore. From the simplistic, real food (yet totally creative) recipes to the envious marble countertops (one day they will be mine) and perfect pictures.

When I saw the Roasted Cauliflower & Leek Soup I immediately knew I’d love it. The paleo challenge really got me hooked on cauliflower and any simple recipe (seriously, it’s pretty much roast & blend, that’s all!)with another way to use it is hard to pass up. Especially a paleo (and vegan) recipe with cashews as a thickener. Win, win in my book.

I barely got to enjoy it the first time around as I shoved some in my face at 3pm in the middle of database restore #1 and almost passing out from not eating lunch yet but I can tell you it was thoroughly enjoyed later as dinner with my very full glass of wine and a working blog.

Previous Bookmark to Blog series posts:

pumpkin hot chocolate with vanilla coconut whipped cream | cauliflower couscous | nectarine sage & brie pizza | java almond butter | roasted smashed sweet potatoes | chocolate dipped stuffed peaches | trapanese pesto pasta | roasted cherry bacon ice cream


  1. Aparna B.

    Sounds delicious and as always, your photos are gawgeous. I’m sorry you’re having a rough few days :( I made your avocado sriracha egg salad for lunch the other day! Was totally boss. I didn’t have Greek yogurt though, so I used 1/4 cup cottage cheese. Also no avocado, so really it was just sriracha egg salad…. either way, it was delicioso. Hope your week starts getting better! And never apologize for venting on your blog. It’s YOUR blog; your piece of Internet. It’s what it’s there for :)

  2. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    The first time I had had a cauliflower and leek soup was on vacation in Jamaica. I am now obsessed with it. I love that you roasted the veggies first. Not sure why I have never done it that way…. so much more flavor!

    Also sorry your week has sucked ballz. Why is it bad things always happen at once? Life is funny sometimes….

  3. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Have too many days like yours. I’m even out of wine! And my daughter lost all my posts once but somehow they were recovered a few weeks later. But where ever you are going I hope it’s good. And sometimes not having the internet is good, too. Just like this soup-we all could use a bit of good in our lives!

  4. Michelle Ritchie

    I think after that day, I would have run out and bought an entire bottle of wine (or two!)! :-) Wow, that’s a pretty stellar sucky day. However, even if you were half drunk, your blog was a hugely funny read and I have to admit (sorry!) that I laughed out loud! Anyway, love, love, love this recipe. I also recently discovered Love & Lemons and love them as well. Stunning photos and delicious recipes! Your photos are pretty darn fantastic as well! Anyway, I think our fans would love this too and I posted it on the Delicious Karma’s Facebook:

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Believe me, if I wasn’t already in sweats and the liquor store wasn’t closed, I would’ve went out for more! ;) Thanks for sharing it!

      1. Michelle Ritchie

        Gina, just read your bio…I agree, papaya, yuck! Most people love it, but I must agree with you on your assessment. Ha, ha! Anyway, saw you live in a suburb of NY…not sure if that is a suburb of NYC, but that’s where I grew up (in Croton, 1 hour north of the city). I now live in SF and recently started a company, Delicious Karma, that makes it easy and fun to buy all-natural, super tasty artisanal and gourmet foods. I started it with my hubby, who, like me, is also interested in eating healthy. Right now one must register to enter the site (we’re changing that), so if you want to check out, here’s an invite link: Enjoy!

  5. Nutmeg Nanny

    I know we chatted over text but I’m sorry your day was so shitty. I’m glad you got to take a break from it all and had some fun in the sun. Now, if it would only warm up here….

  6. Alison

    Sorry your week was so sucky… hope things start looking up again soon. You never need to apologize for venting to your blog readers, that’s what we’re here for:) Enjoy your vacation!


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