This is such a simple soup, consisting of a few ingredients, and is a perfect example of how good some straightforward things can be. You could really make it with your eyes closed. Adults should add a generous grinding of black pepper to this — which is what I believe makes the soup — and sometimes my kids ask for a tiny twist of pepper over theirs. I like to serve this as a first course for them, followed by a plate of cheese and their favourite buttered bread. Make sure your broccoli is deep chlorophyl-green in its headress and hasn’t been sitting for days in your fridge getting paler and paler. My children like to see a deep green soup with cream swirls in it and are upset if I forget and stir in all the cream. So do it like this — just make sure you take the cream out of the fridge well beforehand so you don’t ice the soup up with your swirl.