Lost Soul Soup

By 12/23/2022September 1st, 20232 Comments

I like to create my recipes and decorating ideas around themes. It gives me boundaries on what kind of food to make so that they fit the theme as well as the menu. Like when I reimagined BBQ classics for my Dead Man’s BBQ theme or  transformed carnival favorites for my Carn’evil’ theme, and for Pink-o-ween, the whole menu had pink food.  It’s a ton of fun because it’s like a puzzle and not all ideas work and not all ingredients or flavors will work with the menu. So for my next puzzle…I mean theme, I’ll create a ghostly menu and tablescape inspired by haunted houses, starting with this delicious Lost Soul Soup!

Lost Soul Soup

A hauntingly elegant roasted cauliflower soup with onions, garlic, ginger, coriander, white beans, coconut milk, honey and a edible paper Lost Soul garnish.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Halloween Food
Keyword: blended soups, cauliflower, parsnip
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 6-7 cloves garlic, whole (wrapped in foil with a little olive oil)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger root, grated
  • tsp. coriander
  • 1 can coconut milk, full fat
  • 1-2 tbsp. honey
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • coconut milk swirl (garnish) (reserve 1/4 cup and transfer into a squeeze bottle)

Lost Souls Skull Garnish

  • 1 sheet edible wafer paper
  • skull cookie cutter (optional) ( to trace around or draw freehand)
  • hole punch (to punch out eyes and noses)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Place cauliflower, onions into a large bowl. Add olive oil, salt, pepper and stir until coated. Pour out onto a parchment lined rimmed cookie sheet. Wrap garlic cloves with about 1 tsp. olive oil in aluminum foil and add to cookie sheet and roast for 25-35 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
  • Place roasted vegetables and garlic into a large Dutch oven, add broth, ginger, coriander, and white beans and blend with an emersion blender until creamy. Add coconut milk and honey and heat through. Adjust seasonings as needed and serve with Lost Soul wafer paper skull and a ghostly swirl of coconut milk and pepper.

Lost Souls Skull Garnish

  • Trace around a skull cookie cutter on wafer paper and cut out with scissors. Use a hand held hole punch to punch out eyes and noses and use scissors to cut out teeth. Place lost soul skull on top of soup and enjoy!


  • Annalisa says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the inspo—I’m making this for a “dark dinner” party this month! Where did you find those black crackers?!

    • Lori Castellon says:

      Sounds like a ton of fun Annalisa. I bought these charcoal crackers online from They are a bit pricey for the amount you get but they make up for it in looks. Have fun my dear!
      Lori 🖤

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