Blood of Gryffindor Soup
by SuSu and MaceVindaloo
It's important to keep the two soups separate and to make them the same density so they can be poured out for serving. It was the serving that was impressive: the two soups would each be put into pitchers, and the two poured into a soup plate side by side slowly and close to the bowls to avoid splashing. The result was a side-by-side bowl of red and gold soup.
As Halloween is close to the start of the school year, it was a way to "initiate" the new students into the house, explaining to them the scarlet stood for courage, while the gold stood for perseverence. They had to drink it down thus incorporating "blood of the house" into themselves and after drinking down the brew, the new students were dubbed as "official" Gryffindors!
When the vegetables and pears are roasted, let them cool till they can be handled, and chop them up, skins and all (but remove the core and stem from the pears).
In a pot, heat the olive oil and cook the onions and garlic over medium low heat, till soft. Add the roasted and chopped beets, sweet potatoes, and pears. Cook for a few minutes, then add 4 cups hot water or stock. Stir to dissolve food off the bottom of the pot. Add the tomato paste and stir. Add more hot liquid to loosen the texture if necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Use a blender or food processor to purée the soup. Be careful hot liquids expand on blending, so blend less than half of the volume of the container at a time. When done, adjust the seasoning and the density with salt, pepper, and water and/or stock.
Use a blender or food processor to purée the soup. Be careful hot liquids expand on blending, so blend less than half of the volume of the container at a time. When done, adjust the seasoning and the density with salt, pepper, and milk and/or cream.
Put the Beet Soup and Corn Chowder into separate heat-proof pitchers. Have a hot soup plate ready; you will need to pour both soups into the bowl at an even pace. Don't pour from a great height, get down close to the bowl. If the densities are similar, you can get a bowl of soup that's half red, and half gold. If one soup is thinner than the other, it will come out of the pitcher faster; the solution is to pour the thinner soup more slowly. Don't worry if it's not perfect you can garnish it with a dollop of sour cream and a scattering of chopped parsley or chives to cover up any problems.
If the soups are thick, you can do this in a transparent mug, too. It's quite attractive looking!
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