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May 3, 2010

Roots, roots and more roots is all I have been thinking about lately. Funny how when the weather turns chilly your thoughts turn earthy. On the weekend I found some gorgeous little baby beetroots and fennel bulbs are back in season too so I thought hmmmmmmm soup :o) Yep, again. Poor brownieboy. I think he is rather all souped out and it is isnt quite winter yet hehe.

The great news of the week on the brownie family front is that 6 year old Tyler lost his first tooth yesterday. I wonder how it went with the tooth fairy last night….My daughter asked around to see how much the fairy pays for teeth these days and we were horrified to hear up to R100 per tooth. Good grief. We were lucky if we got a ticky. And we considered ourselves rich in those days…..

This was my third and final soup recipe that I submitted for the Taste soup competition. The competition closed last night and I just scraped in with this entry. And it might be my last soup that I make for awhile…depending if I can co-erce the man of the house to eat more soup. I’m up for it anytime :o)

Beetroot Fennel & Orange Soup



1kg Beetroot

2 Large Onions – – peeled and roughly chopped

1 Fennel Bulb – washed and sliced

2 Garlic Cloves – peeled and thinly sliced

1 Handful Sprigs of Fresh Thyme – washed and left whole

2 Oranges – zest of 1 and juice of 2

1 Bay Leaf

1tsp Fennel Seeds

Olive Oil


30 ml Honey

15ml Verlaque Pomegranate Concentrate

1,5L Vegetable or Chicken Stock

Salt flakes & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper


Preheat oven to 200ºC

Place the beetroot into a roasting dish, sprinkle with salt and drizzle with some Olive Oil, place some of the thyme sprigs on top & roast for about 40-50 minutes until just tender.

Allow to cool then remove the skins from the beetroot.

Using a large saucepan, pour in a bit of olive oil, then sauté the onions, fennel and garlic until glazed and translucent.

Add the orange zest, juice, bay leaf, rest of the thyme (just the leaves picked off the sprigs), fennel and cumin and sauté simmer a few minutes

Cut the beetroot (keep one whole for later use) into large cubes and place in the pot

Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil.

Lower the heat and allow the soup to simmer for about 30 minutes.

Allow to cool down and then purée the soup with a stick blender

Taste and adjust seasoning, adding a bit more honey too if needed.

Serve with a swirl of crème fraiche, a scattering of chopped fennel fronds and some nut & seed sprinkle mix (from Woolworths)

Cut the remaining beetroot into little dice and place some on top of the soup in each bowl. Drizzle on a little bit of fruity extra virgin olive oil and a tiny pinch of hot smoked paprika

Serve some crusty sourdough or rye bread on the side. 


Colleen xx

25 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2010 5:32 PM

    Dearie me, Colly this is a work of art. I love all the textures and flavors this soup has to offer….I think I must withdraw my entry!!

    • May 4, 2010 12:05 AM

      HAHA!!! Bet you said that tongue in cheek hey Nins? I saw your beautiful soup :o) Thank you so much for the accolade. I do appreciate it and value it greatly. Hugs xx

  2. May 3, 2010 5:32 PM

    Jeepers, I sure am glad we don’t have to call the toothfairy over any more!
    When will they announce the competition winner?

    • May 4, 2010 12:09 AM

      LOL! Can you believe it?? I nearly fainted. I have no idea when the winner will the announced Cin, just gonna wait and see. Maybe in the next Taste online mag…xx

  3. May 3, 2010 6:21 PM

    Browniegirl, before I comment on your lovely soup……………..WOW!! 100 ront for a toof! Good griefness! No wonder hubby and I can afford to travel 😉
    Love the pic of the beetroot soup. I take it you at this coldish rather than heated? The combinations sounds scrumptious. Hugs to you x

    • May 4, 2010 12:12 AM

      LOL Chez can you believe it? Yep you are right about being able to travel 😉 THanx, Im really trying with the pix. Not so easy with certains foods. We ate this hot but it is equally delicious served chilled. Lovely burst of flavors. Hugs there too xx

  4. Colonialist permalink
    May 3, 2010 7:37 PM

    Foundja – thanks! Bit short on bells and whistles, but it gets the recipes across well enough! That toof unfairy is getting downright greedy!

    • May 4, 2010 12:14 AM

      Hi Col and welcome to my new home. I still have to add more stuff to it. I haven’t had time yet to play around. But Im really liking the clean minimalistic look right now. The toof fairy is generous beyond belief hehe….xx

  5. May 3, 2010 8:56 PM

    What a gorgeous collection of soups you’ve created! Definitely worth painting, the colors are so cheerful. I entered the competition too, but my soup feels very dull in comparison!
    Our tooth fairy reckons a silver coin is the going rate – R2, and only occasionally R5 if the tooth was particularly troublesome! Whoever heard of the tooth fairy leaving paper money.. it’s just not right!!

    • May 4, 2010 12:18 AM

      Thank you Kit, I just adore bright colors on a plate. They attract me like pollen attracts bees 🙂 I’m sure your soup is anything BUT dull. I rather like the sound of your fairy…do you think its too far for her to travel all the way here at night to collect teeth and make coin payments? Hehe…xx

  6. May 3, 2010 11:29 PM

    What a fantastic colour. Soup looks really tasty.

    Tooth fairy getting more generous every year!

    • May 4, 2010 12:20 AM

      Hey Brownieville Girl – we have remarkably similar names 😉 Thanx so much for the pop in and the comment. Appreciate it. Yep, that tooth fairy is too generous if you ask me…..I wonder what a tooth will be worth in 4 years time when the next little guy starts losing his??? xx

  7. May 4, 2010 12:48 AM


    I’m sure you will do well.

    10 Stars!!!

    Take care.

    • May 5, 2010 1:30 AM

      Thank you Toks my friend. Good to see you. Appreciate your encouragement. Hugs xxx

  8. May 4, 2010 7:32 AM

    hi there. Just caught up on all your blogs! Have added you on my blogroll on my wordpress account. I cannot wait to get stuck into all the new flavours. Well done on the soup recipes. I rushed mine in just before we left. Have a super day, and lucky Ty! xxx

    • May 5, 2010 1:32 AM

      Welcome home Tandy. Hope you had a wonderful time in Italy. Thanks for the visit and comment. Hugs xxx

  9. May 4, 2010 7:33 AM

    Lovely seeing you yesterday!!!

    • May 5, 2010 1:36 AM

      And you too dearest granny. We must get together so that I can help you…and need to see some updated baby photies…hugs xxx

  10. JustMe permalink
    May 4, 2010 4:44 PM

    That soup looks amazing!!!!! Where does Tyler stay? Obviously there is a different tooth fairy in our neck of the woods! Ours gives R20 AT THE MOST!! Loving your new blog 😀

    • May 5, 2010 1:35 AM

      Hi JustMe, thanx for finding me and for popping in. It’s not so much a case of where Ty stays I think Ty must have friends who’s parents are crazy!! I think he got R20 hehe….he will be very happy with that. You can buy lots at the R5 shop for that…I told him not to go there as the toys only last like 5 minutes and his reply was “But Nan, thats why its the R5 shop” HAHA!!! xxx

  11. May 5, 2010 10:35 AM

    You have to be joking – my son is only 15 and we only paid R5. I think R100 is a little steep! Before you know it the tooth fairy will be asking if the kids take credit cards!
    After seeing your soup and Nina’s, I’m a little embarrassed with my entry! I love beetroot soup – sweet goodness.

    • May 5, 2010 11:17 AM

      Yep, thats what we all said too Rose. Suffice to say he got R20 and considers himself rich 🙂 Thanx for the compliment in using my soup in the same sentence as Nina’s 🙂 And I don’t believe for a minute that you are embarrassed with your entry. What did you submit btw? I also love beetroot…any which way hehe. Happy hiking. Will miss you xx

  12. May 6, 2010 3:55 PM

    Gorgeous Coll. I’m not partial to beetroot, but the colours are phenomenal. A tribute to your photographic genius 🙂 xxx

    • May 8, 2010 10:15 PM

      Thanx so much DInx good to see you again. I love anything beetroot. My SIL who is not keen on beetroot either loved this soup and actually went home with a big container full for their dinner it was so good. Thanx for the compliment. Im trying….but not in the genius league Im afraid…xxx

  13. whippingitup permalink
    June 8, 2010 3:07 PM

    Thanks Col, I think this is going to be dinner tomorrow! Just had some French Toast inspired by yours truly!! Oh, this weather is just wonderful for soup and comfort food. Just wish that you were feeling better. I don’t know what it is with this virus we both seem to have got – with its habit of coming back again. After losing your voice a second time, I decided to stay warm and indoors yesterday when I felt it tango-ing in the back of my throat again. Lots of love… get better SOOOOOOON. x

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