This Jerusalem artichoke and haricot bean soup is rich, velvety and highly perfumed. The distinctive perfume of the Jerusalem artichoke is not everyone’s cup of tea but it certainly makes me really excited. The smoked pancetta is a perfect aromatic that gets absorbed by the haricot beans. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when cooking this soup, it has that homely warmth and comfy feeling about it.
Around mid January I went to see Janie Turner from Thermomix UK. She has a fabulous vegetable garden with chickens and all. I got all excited when Janie started to talk about her successful crop of Jerusalem artichokes. Janie kindly gave me a bag filled to the brim with these beautiful knobbly tubers. They were so fresh that their skins were tender and slightly pink.
The blood in my veins started to flow a bit faster as my brain started to work