Carrot Ginger Soup

Hi there! I’ve missed you. Is that a new haircut? Well, it looks great.

I feel like it’s been quite the whirlwind this past month. I’ve been working a crazy overnight shift in a sweet bakery…happily moving to daytime soon – God bless anyone who works overnight. The sun never felt more precious.

I was also lucky enough to spend a whole week home with my wonderful family and friends. And if you’re anything like me, you happily and lovingly tortured filled your tummy with homemade eggnog, cookies, cheese platters, bacon, hot buttered rum, and all manner of butter-filled foods. Because holidays. It’s the perfect excuse, and I totally embrace it.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Now it’s time to reign it in a little bit just so that your body doesn’t hate you too much. This is obviously the annual theme of January due to the aforementioned parade of goodies. Now, I’m going to be upfront with you – I’m still goin’ for the pastries at work and red wine with friends, but this is the “trade-off” soup (this one’s a close second). …keep reading!

Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

Mmmh! We’re so close to fall, I can literally taste it! This week was way too warm and muggy for it to truly be fall, but we did have one cool, very rainy day, so I made soup! IT’S REALLY ALMOST SOUP SEASON, PEOPLE. I’m SO excited to put my immersion blender to work! Soup is perfect. It is so comforting and filling, and it’s super healthy at the same time (well, unless you go the Paula Deen route :). This was my ‘Hey, you’re an amazing woman, and the world will be better after a lovingly crafted soup’ Soup. And guess what. It’s Friday! We made it through the week – thanks to roommates, friends abroad, a Downton marathon, a hilarious hermano, and a farmers’ market! :)

So here we are! I’m gonna be upfront here, I’m going against my New Year’s Resolution in the truest definition. I got a vague description of this recipe from a friend, and just decided to go with it! So it’s not exactly new….I made it up. You proud Mom? I only had the title of the recipe, and I just ran with it! :D

Full disclosure – I don’t like cauliflower, but as my recipe consultant assured me, it really just absorbs the flavors around it. I roasted carrots and cauliflower with a little salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme. Meanwhile, I sauteed some onions and celery for a good basic soup base. I threw it all together and added some cumin, curry, paprika, and a little white wine. It maybe got a little crazy –  it was an experiment after all, but don’t worry I’ve only ever made one soup that I just couldn’t come back from – and in the end, it was delicious!

 

*Here’s what I did!

Roasted Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

Preheat the oven to 450, and chop into bite-sized pieces and toss onto a baking sheet:

1 cauliflower
7 carrots

You want to make sure you remove the core of the cauliflower. It looks like this:

Just cut it right out. Then toss the carrots and cauliflower florets in:

2 T. olive oil
2 t. dried thyme
1 T. granulated garlic
Salt and pepper

Roast the veggies for about 40 minutes (or until fork-tender), tossing halfway through.

Meanwhile, finely chop:

5 stalks of celery
1 onion

Heat a little olive oil and a small pat of butter in your soup pot, and sautee the onions with garlic, salt, and pepper over medium heat until almost translucent. Then add the celery, and continue to cook for about 10 minutes.

When the carrots and cauliflower florets are done, add them to the pot. Add to cover all of the vegetables:

Vegetable stock (or water)

Blend the soup until a creamy consistency is reached. Then add:

2 T. each of cumin and curry
1/2 c. white wine
1/2 t. mustard powder
Dash paprika
Salt and pepper

Taste the soup and adjust the seasonings. Serve the soup with a dollop of:

Greek yogurt or creme fraiche 

Enjoy the soup among decorative gourds…cause it’s fall.

**French phrase for fun

Je vais te laisser avec ce photo de courgettes conjoints…c’est dingue.

I’ll leave you with this photo of conjoined zucchini…crazy.