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Spicy Carrot Ginger and Honey Soup

April 24, 2010

Its turned chilly quite suddenly and everywhere I go I see people in jackets rubbing their hands together and searching the store shelves for packs of ready made soup that they can take home to nuke in the microwave for an instant hot meal. I have been ill with a strain of flu that really loves me being its host and I am finding it so persistent that after I woke up with the third relapse yesterday morning I made an appointment to see my doctor who put me onto antibiotics. It didn’t stop me from being in the kitchen as all I have felt like eating is soup!! Before I started making my range of “gourmet soups”  brownieboy refused to eat any soup other than a certain brand of tinned cream of tomato sauce or at a push the tinned pea and ham. Oh the poor man didnt know what he was in for hehe!! Over the last few years he has gone from eating soup with long teeth to relishing every morsel that goes into his mouth. Last night was a classic example. I had a large bunch of carrots in the crisper begging me to do something with them every time I opened the fridge so when the day dawned chilly but sunny I decided that some warming spicy carrot soup would be good . I sat at my pc and worked out a recipe that I thought would go well with what I had to hand and went off to the kitchen with pencil in hand to add or subtract as  I went along…I was half way through making the soup when the telephone rang and our good friend (who also is hubby’s boss) called to ask if he could pop in for a cup of coffee and chat. So he was also roped in for the experimental soup tasting. It was great as he has quite a discerning palate and loves food so I could get good feedback from both guinea pigs tonight.  The overall consensus was 3 to 0 that the soup is delicious and a keeper for the recipe file.

Spicy Carrot Ginger & Honey Soup

Browniegirl’s Spicy Carrot Ginger & Honey Soup

Makes enough to serve 4-6 people

15ml Olive Oil

15g butter

1kg carrots – peeled & chopped

2 Onions – peeled & chopped

A piece of Ginger (2.5cm or 1 inch) – peeled & sliced finely

1 stick celery – thinly sliced

3 Cloves Garlic – peeled & thinly sliced

½ – 1 Red Chilli – deseeded & chopped (I used 1/2 and it was just enough)

1 Granny Smith Apple – peeled, cored, and chopped

20ml Runny Honey

1 tsp Coriander seeds

1tsp Cumin Seeds

1tsp Fennel Seeds

1 Bay Leaf

Rind & Juice of 1 Orange

1.5 litre Hot Chicken or Vegetable Stock

125ml Fresh Cream

Fresh Coriander – chopped

This is how I make it:

• Place your whole cumin, fennel & coriander seeds into a dry pan and toast them over medium heat until the aromas are released. Don’t leave them as they burn quickly. Just gently agitate the pan every few seconds. It only takes a minute or so. Remove from heat and place into a small coffee grinder  or use your pestle and mortar to grind the spices down to a fairly fine powder and to get rid of your days frustrations at the same time!

• Melt butter with olive oil in a large saucepan

• Add all prepared vegetables, apple, ginger, chilli, spices & zest. Saute gently for 5-10 minutes over low heat

• Add the stock, honey & orange juice – Simmer for 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are soft

• Remove bay leaf  and discard

• Cool slightly, then, using a handheld stick blender blitz the soup in the saucepan until is is finely and smooth. You can strain through a sieve (if you want it velvety smooth) but the texture is good as it is.

• Add the cream & season to taste with salt & freshly ground black pepper

• Heat through & serve garnished with chopped coriander & a swirl of crème fraiche or sour cream & sprinkled with some black sesame seeds (optional)

Serve piping hot with some crostinis made by thinly slicing through a ciabbata loaf on the diagonal, place slices onto a tray, drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle on some Maldon sea salt flakes then pop the tray under the grill of the oven for a few minutes. Repeat with the other side. When removed from oven use 1 garlic clove sliced through the middle to rub gently over the hot surface of each slice of toasty ciabbata. Delicious, and even more so with some freshly cracked black peppercorns ground lightly over each one!! Enjoy & have a wonderful, safe & happy weekend wherever you are. Colleen xx

26 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 1:19 PM

    That my dear friend, is a winner on all accounts…photo, taste and color……..well done!

  2. April 25, 2010 3:54 PM

    Thank you so much Nina. Really appreciate that comment. Great encouragement coming from you. x x x

  3. April 25, 2010 5:06 PM

    Looks yum! I’m so into soup mode now with this crisp autumnal weather – this is going to be the next one I make!

    • April 25, 2010 7:36 PM

      Hi Sarah, thanx. Its worth a try. Im loving the soup season :o) Have a great week xx

  4. April 26, 2010 4:29 AM

    A tasty flavour combination. Sorry to hear you have been unwell. I hope the antibiotics fix things.

    • April 28, 2010 12:45 PM

      Thank you Barbara. I am finally feeling a lot more upbeat. This is a delicious soup. I’m into soup mode at the moment :o) xx

  5. April 28, 2010 8:40 AM

    I’ve been making soups daily since the weather turned – this one is a definite must! Thank YOU! The picture is magnificent.
    Hope you’re better and have a stunning week.
    xxx

    • April 28, 2010 12:50 PM

      Hi Dinx good to see you. Thanx so much for the compliment. I found a lovely spot with natural light to take photos :o) Im finally feeling better thanx. You have a good short week too xx

  6. April 28, 2010 9:08 PM

    Hi Sista, finally!! this thing is allowing me to comment. Your post is stunning. Going to make this soon.
    Big hug, chat soon.
    Love you
    X

  7. April 29, 2010 11:39 AM

    Yum yum – this will take care of the winter sniffles!

  8. April 29, 2010 12:29 PM

    Sounds good! I always have trouble feeling inspired about carrot soups, as I find them too sweet, but the spice makes all the difference – I think spicy soups are the way forward this winter!

  9. April 29, 2010 9:36 PM

    Hope you are feeling much better!!! What lovely flavours, looks amazing!!! Have to say thought that I am very glad that the “hot soup” weather seems to have left our shores!!! xxxxx

  10. April 30, 2010 12:10 PM

    Mmmm… A good bowl of soup in winter is the ultimate comfort food…

  11. April 30, 2010 6:00 PM

    I have found you, O Captain, my Captain!! 😀 xxx

  12. Madmom permalink
    April 30, 2010 9:08 PM

    Sounds glorious!

  13. April 30, 2010 9:15 PM

    Hiya Moo,
    This will be a definite make for me over winter – when it eventually reaches us in Durban. Nice and spicy, especially with the addition of chilli!
    Hugs
    xxx

  14. douglas permalink
    May 1, 2010 8:58 AM

    At last found you!

  15. May 1, 2010 10:39 AM

    Looks delish

  16. Thandy permalink
    May 1, 2010 9:59 PM

    Hello have found jut thought I would pop in for a quick visit and to add this address to my favourites. I am adding a big bunch of flowers as a house warming we need to do a roof wetting for the new “residence” at some time.Blog well much love Thandy

  17. May 2, 2010 6:40 AM

    Seems this one is a winner, I’ll be sure and try it.
    Stunning photo.

  18. rooikat permalink
    May 6, 2010 6:56 PM

    It’s just the right time for this sort of stuff . . . cold and wet!

  19. Cloudy permalink
    May 7, 2010 9:53 AM

    Hey there I found you!!!

    J

    • May 8, 2010 10:08 PM

      Hey Cloudy J, nice to see you here. Thanx so much for the visit. Hope you like what you see here. xx

  20. rooikat permalink
    May 17, 2010 12:18 PM

    Just as moth watering as ever!

    • May 18, 2010 10:00 AM

      Why thank you sir. I wonder do Rooikats eat soup?? 🙂 xx

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