A Birkenstock wearing tree-hugger?
A body-obsessed Hollywood actor?
A nerdy, know-it-all Berkeley professor?
Possibly, but I think a man who doesn’t eat meat is like the male version of Lois Lane—let call him Larry Lane—because they know the hidden identity that is the vegetable.
Unlike the one-dimensional hunk of meat a vegetable can transform itself into many guises. It can be a focal point, a background note, or in the case of this soup, blend itself into a smooth puree defying all laws of mouthfeel that say a creamy soup must contain cream. Cauliflower is wonderful in this way, as is potato, squash, or almost any root vegetable.
Also, I’ve included step-by-step instructions of how to puree hot soup—spoiler alert—it involves a clean kitchen towel.