Carrot and Ginger Soup, with a hint of orange zest

Carrot and Ginger Soup, with a hint of orange zest

Well, I learnt several things today. As I was cooking this Carrot and Ginger Soup I thought to myself I’m so not going to like this. Hah! I actually do like carrot soup after all. I’ve blathered on about it before, the fact I prefer raw organic carrots as part of crudités. Even though I cook with loads of carrots in stocks for sauces and gravies they’re usually picked out and binned. What a waste of nutrients. Okay, some do enter the stock. And I even managed to eat them mashed with parsnips as part of my Christmas Feast. Whew, that was good going. I’ve always loved carrot cake – only moist though. Proffer me a slice of heavy dry cake of any sort and I’ll heave. Did I spell that with an h or an l? Anyway, I might even attempt baking carrot cake sometime soon. Here, I did cook with a lot of caution. And so glad I did so as I’ve ended up with the perfect consistency. So, like with any good soup, sauce or gravy it’s always best to start off with less spices as it’s easier to add more after, say, puréeing this soup. Which is exactly what I’ve done. And I do think this could be a good base for other ingredients during summer and served chilled as part of a casual lunch to include salad and stuff.

Nearly forgot. This soup is fairly simple and clean tasting, which is how I wanted it. It’s spicy, too. And the orange zest rather than juice really works for my palate, keeping this less sweet. Of course, this could be served with less in the soup and zest served as a garnish, to suit peoples taste. As for the toast, it’s a light rye bread with sunflower seeds that worked especially well dry toasted with a creamy Brie melted on top. Not what I would suggest to go with this particular soup, regardless of how much I liked the melted Brie. It’s just what I had to hand. As this is the first time for me to have carrot soup I can now go of and have those flavours ruminating somewhere far off in that large cranium of mine and hopefully I’ll come up with some ideas for salads and stuff to go with it. And I completely forgot to mention about trying to capture steam earlier on today within the lead-in photo. As the natural light was causing a little bit of sheen idiot here decided to try and block that light from the soup itself. Which works! Really well – if you don’t want steam in your photos that is. Don’t do it! So, enough of learning today as this idiot’s exhausted!

Carrot and Ginger Soup, with a hint of orange zest

INGREDIENTS:

  • 260g (9.17 oz) weight after preparation x carrots, peeled, trimmed, sliced in half then sliced crossways
  • 1 x small onion, about 60g (2.11 oz) in weight after preparation, cut in half, peeled, trimmed and cut again to gain 4 pieces
  • 1 x celery stalk, washed, trimmed and cut into about 4 pieces OR alternatively: use half a stalk or stem of broccoli, trimmed and split in half lengthways
  • 1/2 x teaspoon freshly grated ginger + 1/2 again for adding to the soup after it’s been puréed
  • 1/2 – 1 x organic vegetable stock cube, start off with less and then taste after the soup is cooked and add more if necessary
  • 500ml (1.05 US pt lqd) x cold water
  • 1 x dried bay leaf, split
  • pinch x cayenne pepper (I used about 3 pinches), less or more to personal taste
  • up to 1/4 x teaspoon freshly grated orange zest + more to personal taste
  • seasoning, both freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

Measurements within brackets above are approximate only.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Add all ingredients, except for the orange zest and seasoning into a large heavy-based saucepan. Put on electric heat No 4 (out of 6) and bring to a boil with a lid on pan. Reduce heat to No 2 and simmer for at least 30 minutes to get the carrots soft enough to be able to blend.
  • When carrots are soft enough remove the bay leaf pieces and retain those. Also remove the onion, celery or broccoli stalk if used and discard those. When the soup is cool enough to do so pour into a blender and blitz until absolutely smooth.
  • Put back on heat, add the bay leaf pieces and now taste for any extra needed stock, ginger and seasoning. Add a pinch of zest at a time, allow those flavours to infuse, taste again and just keep adding more to personal taste.

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32 comments

  1. I’m glad you liked the soup! It sounds fabulous, and I love the addition of zest and no juice, especially since the carrots are slightly sweet as it is, and one needn’t add more sweetness. Must have been a perfect balance this way.
    As to ads, well, I use AdBlock (and it has saved me from going insane), so I wouldn’t see any ads if there were any. Sorry I can’t help answer that question! 🙂

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    • – Thanks for your comment, as it reminded me to add a pinch of cayenne within ingredients. Phew! This was surprisingly good, and hopefully it’ll be a good soup for summer months. Especially as it’s bound to be so nutritional, made with organic carrots that is. I can buy those most days. Oh, have just remembered! What is my memory like?!? Went to the International store and forgot to ask about dried figs. Did buy the last pack of their coriander seeds. And they sell Iranian saffron, which I’ve never used before as I’ve always used Spanish. As far as I know it’s as good as if not better.
      – Didn’t even realise you can block ads! Have no idea how to do that on Goggle Chrome. Too late, and tired now, to bother to look 🙂 If there is an ad on mine I think it might be because of my very first post on here as it gets several views almost every day.

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    • – Actually no, I meant within my posts when you view them. The URL’s showed up within my Stats as outbound clicks. So, there has to be an ad somewhere as those wouldn’t show. And as I’m always careful with Spam, and check those on a regular basis, it can’t be because of that. It may only show within the UK, of course. As it is an UK ad. However, it’s not showing on my posts when I download them, normally to correct any spelling mistakes and such.
      – Soup was good! I’m thrilled I’ll be eating something as healthy as carrots during summer. Adding the ginger before and after blending is such a good way of controlling the overall flavours.

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  2. I liked the “so far.” Ha! We (or most often, “I”) follow a lot of blogs featuring appealing food, writing and photography, most of which are run by non-professionals. Regarding advertising, I don’t see any in the current post. A Mercedes-Benz ad once appeared on our blog, according to friends (we couldn’t see it either), which suggests a young marketing exec with great hopes for our blog, or an old marketing person with a great sense of humor after several Scotches. Nice lighting on your pics, by the way. Oh, and thanks for the reference. Ken

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    • – Oops. ‘So far’ means that I’ve only had the chance to view one of your posts as yet. Hmm, do hope you’re not offended. You’re blog looks so good going in. I so wish my theme would summarise as yours does. Mine is checked to do so but won’t, for what ever reason.
      – The ads are a bit weird. Possibly the one that is on mine is only showing here in the UK.
      – Thank you, re lighting. The natural light right now is exceptionally dull most days. There’s usually the case of needing some sort of filler, as in reflectors.

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      • By “summarize” are you referring to the summaries that come up on the home page when you hover over a photo? Those aren’t summaries – they’re excerpts, copied from the EXCERPT section on below WRITING HELPER on the unexpanded Dashboard edit screen.

        The excerpts are used in the mailer announcement of a new post. The theme then takes the text part of them and applies it to the photo in the home page.

        I hope that makes sense. Ken

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        • Huh! I didn’t know that. That’s exactly what I was referring to when I mentioned to summarise. Going to have a look and see if that works. I would far prefer that look, as well as the email form Until then, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know! Really appreciate it.

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    • Really? I don’t even know if this would be terribly popular here. Well, if it was on a menu I wouldn’t order this type of soup. Even though mine was good. Perhaps I’ll check online for Australian recipes for this.

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  3. I have a lot to say today 🙂
    1. If I lived round the corner from you, I’d come and beg off some of that soup. Sounds right up my street!
    2. You seem to have become an expert at capturing that steam that is unfortunately always so elusive to me.
    3. re: ads – you don’t see them when you’re logged into WordPress, and neither will other WP users. If you log out of your account and visit your site as anyone else would, then you get to see the ads. Although they’re randomly placed. I check mine every once in a while and sometimes there aren’t any. As WP is free, they place ads on your blog to earn some money.

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    • – Pop by any time! Just let me know a couple of hours ahead.
      – I certainly wouldn’t call myself an expert – amateur is more apt. Especially after yesterday as initially I couldn’t figure what I was doing wrong. By that time I’d missed most of the really steamy shots. Oh well, do like the lead-in.
      – Yes, I thought that might be the case. I can’t really be bothered to log out to check. Presumably you’ve noticed outbound clicks on URL’s within Stats. It really doesn’t bother me. And, so far, chances are it’s only in the UK. That surprises me as well as I don’t get lots of traffic or hits from the UK.
      – Thanks for taking time to let me know.

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  4. I haven’t seen any ads on your posts though I’ve seen them on other posts in wp. I haven’t seen any on mine. I understand they need to generate revenue, what would be nice if they shared the wealth. 🙂 After all we’re working hard on our posts!

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  5. I haven’t noticed any ads yet, but I’ll keep my eye out for you. I’m not much of a carrot soup person, either, but yours is beaming bright health at me. (No wonder health advertisers would hone in on your blog!) 🙂

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  7. Don’t know anything about the ads. Sorry.

    But the soup looks great. I’ll have to try this instead of my very-rich cream-based carrot soup. Fewer calories, I’m sure, which means second helpings are a go:-)

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    • – I think, if there is an ad, that it might be for the UK only.
      – Yes, I’m looking forward to trying this again. Although, it’s still so cold I might wait for warmer weather and try this cold. I’m now curious about adding other ingredients, too!

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    • Thank you! The soup was kinda yummy. I’m really pleased with it. As for the old-fashioned soldier horseman that’s a place mat that I bought two differing ones of for all of 20p each. Sort of wish I had’ve bought more at the time, although some of them were very worn.

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