Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Dreamy carrot soup

To dream of carrots, portends prosperity and health. For a young woman to eat them, denotes that she will contract an early marriage and be the mother of several hardy children.
10 000 Dream Interpretations, by Gustavus Hindman Miller

One of the main reasons I love autumn is because I can serve soup, especially carrot soup, and not be given the crazy/angry/disapproving glance. Because people in Greece only eat soup when they are sick. Or in funerals.
What I love about Britain is that if you are in a hurry, you go to the supermarket and grab a fresh soup and just heat it and it usually tastes very good (the ones I had from Waitrose at least).
Many times when I have been thinking with friends about future business ventures, the conversation leads us to soup in cartons, but half a minute later one of us says "who is going to eat soup?" and we sulk in our corners, sipping the soup that apparently nobody else would.
So, yes, carrot soup. Clean your plates.

4-6 Servings
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 big onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1kg carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1400 ml vegetable stock
  • rind and juice of 1 large orange
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the butter in a large pan, add the onions, leave them for 2 - 3 minutes.
Add carrots and the stock to the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Do not throw the stock away.
Liquidise all the ingredients and add the puree in the stock.
Reheat gently for a couple of minutes. Season to taste.
Before you serve, add the orange juice. Grate the orange rind and garnish the individual bowls.I think this soup needs a good crunchy bread, preferably wholemeal.


Pille said...

I'm lucky to come from a country, where a thick and substantial soup, served with some bread, is considered to be a proper dinner on its own right. I reckon there will be lots of soup recipes on my blog in the coming months:)
Carrot & orange soup is lovely, thanks for the recipe!

Jo Ann said...

We were in Europe this summer and I had the most wonderful carrot/orange soup; so I am happy to have your recipe. We love soup in our house. I have a question/favor. Do you have a good recipe for vegetarian stock that you can share? I have tried several,but they don't seem to have much favor. thank you

Blue Plate said...

i didn't know people in greece felt that way about soup. can you say a bit more about how it became associated with funerals? is it a traditional food of mourning?

your carrot soup is a lovely shade of orange; it looks like Fall in a bowl.

blue plate

Orchidea said...

Nice with soup and yours has a really nice color... In Italy you usually have soup, minestra and minestrone in autumn/winter , and minestrina if you are sick.
I love soup in a grey day when outside it is cold...

Stevi said...

this is how i think about soups too. they are proper dinners. i hope you are going to post a traditional soup recipe from your country. i love new recipes.

jo ann
when i am not lazy i use a recipe very similar to this one:
Copy and paste it in your browser.
When i am lazy i am very ashamed to say i use commercial vegetarian stock.

Blue plate
That's because the traditional funeral food is fish soup. Also because Greece is a warm country, soup is considered a medicine not a proper food.

I love minestrone. Soups with some kind of pasta are common in Greece too. Soon i am going to post my favourite, "trahanas".

Cathy said...

Your broccoli soup recipe was devine. I will be making this one as well. Thank You!

Jo Ann said...

Thank you for the vege stock link. It looks more interesting than any stocks I've tried in the past. I'll definitely give it a try.

joey said...

This looks good! And just in time too as I have started using my immersion blender in earnest and feel like puree queen :)

The problem with having soup where I live is that the weather is often hot and does not lend itself well to hot soup taking...however, it's been raining lately, heehee... :)


looks really tasty,coming from scotland we are only used to haggis broth and tattie soup with ox legs in it,great blog by the way take care byeeeeeeeeee

Becca said...

I love carrot soup and needed a new recipe ... thanks for this! I look forward to trying it with fresh bread.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

I recently did a post on soup, and had a very dissapointing photograph.

Yours however, looks beautiful - Organic carrots would work to give the best flavour.

Sounds delicious!

Isil S. said...

I love soups.Never did I thought of combining carrot with orange, I'll try this.It looks so hearty!

Pille said...

Stevi, I made your soup for lunch yesterday and it was lovely. Again, efharisto for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

This recipe looks great but I especially liked the dream quote at the beginning of the entry! Very cool.

Ari (Baking and Books)

Mahek said...

you have such a wonderful blog
why have you discontinued pls keep up your good work

Mindy T. said...

I simply can't understand why everybody in the world is not crazy about soup! It is so warming and easy to digest and comforting, and sometimes it's really delicious. Like this carrot soup of yours, I'm sure. That scarlet background, BTW, with the orange in the foreground, makes me want to go salsa dancing...


Berlinbound said...

I had decided to come to you in search of the perfect Lamb dinner - because I know you cook (yup!) and you live in Greece (a lamby section of Europe) and you are well, the coolest blogger I know ... but I think I just figured out that you're also a vegetarian ... Am I right here?

chanit said...

I love soups and your looks Yummy !
I hope you'll come back with new posts . :-)

Winston Montag said...

Italy (where I dress) is known in the world for the good food… but from that I can see the Greek food is good to

hello from Italy

Stevi said...

Thank you all so much. I didn't mean to disappear like that. I've been both very busy and very lazy. But I will soon be back with new recipes and come to read all your blogs.

Linda said...

what a stunning photograph. you truly captured every layer of flavor. nice!

i haven't tackled carrot soup yet but this one i will definitely start with. thanks!

Nicole said...

I had a yummy carrot soup for dinner tonight and I've been seeing so many of them lately on my favorite food blogs! I just stumbled across yours for the first time tonight and I'm so glad I did! Beautiful recipes and photos!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Stevi,

What a fantastic blog you have here - delicious recipes and stunning photos!

Regards from Brazil,

jeena said...

Your carrot soup looks delicous!
You have Great blog from Jeena :)

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Food said...

What a delightful recipe! Thanks for sharing :)


Freya and Paul said...

I love carrot soup! This looks beautiful! First visit to your blog by the way - it's great!

Almost Vegetarian said...

I'm not really a soup person, but this soup caught my eye and I'm thinking, I have carrots, I have oranges, I have ... well, if I keep going this way, I will have soup. Which sounds just perfect right about now. Cheers!

Lizzy said...

The air conditioner in my office is freezing me out and reading your carrot soup recipe just warmed me right up. Mmmmm! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

is there anything i could substitute for the butter. i know that its not a lot of butter, but i would still like it if there is a way to omit it and still keep it creamy.

Great Big Veg Challenge said...

Lovely soup!
If you have any spare time we would love to share an activity with you...making vegetable faces. I know, it sounds odd - but please take a look.

tijen said...

Dear Stevi,
Thanks so much for the link. I'll be happy to add 'bread and butter' to my links as well!
All the best.

tijen said...

Sorry, it's there already!
(I'm getting old! I forget everything)

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Well it does look dreamy...I'm in the mood for something like this right now!

david santos said...

Great menu and good food! Good imagination!
Have a nice weekend!

Supriya Raman said...

So lovely:) Thanks for the recipe. The orange in there sounds so good, fresh and bright flavor with the sweetness from the carrots. Just amazing!

Anonymous said...

I also love soup all year--cold soups in summer make people a little less crazy--like a good spanish gazpacho or cold cucumber soup.


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Christopher Hinn said...

Your carrot soup is a lovely shade of orange, looks good and healthy!