Sunday, July 5, 2009

*It's soup*

Ok, I know it doesn't quite make sense in English. It's just that we have this expression in Portuguese, "É sopa", which literally translates to the title. Literally, because it actually means "It's a piece of cake!".
Yup! Something easy, nourshing and comforting. Something to go with the cold, albeit beautiful, Sunday we were having. And I've been wanting to make this soup for a while now. Thing is, I have never written down the recipe, so usually end up using whatever I feel like at the moment. Believe me, this is good.
Cream of Carrot Soup

700 gr. carrots
700 ml water
100 ml cream (milk or soy)
2 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp thyme
pepper to taste
fried garlic and parmesan, for garnish and taste

In a pot, sauté the garlic and ginger in the olive oil. Add the carrots, peeled and sliced, the mustard seeds and the salt. Cover with water. Allow to boil for 20 minutes.
With an immersion blender/mixer, blend with cream, butter and nutmeg.
Return to low heat. Add thyme and correct spice. Allow to simmer for a while.

I like to make it even creamier by beating the soup with a whisk before serving.
Serve with fried garlic and freshly grated parmesan.
And if you're anything like me, aiming to please, serve this for dessert:

Just the good ol' cheesecake, with a bit of brown sugar and some macadamia in the crust. To sweeten the Mister's life up. And mine.
Have a great week!


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