Broccoli stalk soup (serves 2-4)

One of Caroline’s favourite soups

3 large broccoli heads with stalks and florets separated
1 small leek chopped (use all of it)
1 litre vegetable stock (eg marigold or kallo)
extra virgin oil
pinch of smoked paprika
large handful of leafy greens (eg spinach or kale)
1 tsp grated ginger
200 mls plant milk 
spring onion green tops and leftover peas


  1. Cut the broccoli stalks and florets into 5 cm pieces.
  2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil then drop in the broccoli stems, florets and leek.
  3. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove the veg from the water but keep the water to add to the stock (which preserves the nutrients).
  5. Make up the stock water to one litre and add the stock powder/cube and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Put cooked broccoli and leek in a blender with a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika.
  7. Add the warm veg stock, leafy greens and ginger, blend until smooth and creamy.
  8. Slowly add the milk on a low speed.
  9. Serve topped with spring onion tops and leftover peas, and wholemeal bread.

Planting and keeping trees event

The theme for our online monthly meeting, on Tuesday 15th December starting at 7.30pm, is planting trees.

There will be a variety of short presentations including tree planting in Stokesley, Hutton Rudby and Ingleby Greenhow and input from a local resident who is lucky enough to be planting his own wood and another who has developed a forest garden. There will be information about funding for planting trees and a discussion about finding suitable land, which trees might be appropriate to plant and managing the planting afterwards.

Pete and grandchildren in his woodland

Finally, as a reminder why we should look after the trees we have we will look at the ongoing Ancient Tree Inventory, an initiative which records the ancient and old trees across the country. Some very local trees will be used as examples.

The meeting link will be sent out in our next update. If you are not on our mailing list then contact us for the link or sign up to our mailing list.