Sunday, July 12, 2009

Carrot and Peanut soup

Another Thai inspired soup today. It wasn’t supposed to end up that way but it is wet and rainy here so I thought some ginger would help keep us warm. Then I overdid the chilli a little and so added coconut milk to cool it down a little and the whole thing headed east . . .

- Simmer a small onion, a couple of cloves of garlic and a thumb sized piece of ginger root (peeled and chopped or sliced) in some oil quite quickly until the onion is turning transparent.
- Meanwhile put a couple of tablespoons of roasted, unsalted peanuts in a blender with enough stock to cover and whizz them smoothish.
- Once the onion is turning clear add in half a rteaspoon of dried chilli flakes and three carrots peeled and roughly chopped followed by a pint of vegetable stock. - Pour in the peanut mush and bring to the boil.
- Simmer gently until the carrot is cooked.
- Blend the soup smooth and reheat with a dessertspoonful of tamari or soy sauce, the juice of half a lime and a third of a tin of coconut milk.

You should end up with a beautiful apricot coloured soup that I served with some coriander leaves.

Carrots have a nuttiness to them that I think echos the taste of peanuts so I’ll probably try this one again but without the ginger and chilli and coconut, hopefully ending up with a much simpler soup that just brings out the flavours of the carrots and peanuts. Some thyme might be nice here . . . .

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Jacqueline said...

Mmmmmm, gorgeous! I could just leap into that bowl! I wouldn't have thought of trying peanuts in this soup, but it is such a great idea.

I too am a soup lover, so I was pleased to come across your blog on Tastespotting. I have a monthly soup and salad challenge you may be interested in. It is called No Croutons Required. I do hope you join in sometime. It would be a nice way for you to meet some lovely bloggers who love soup too. I have all the roundups from previous challenges on my sidebar over at Tinned Tomatoes.

Boy, that was a long comment and I only meant to pop over and say high!


Peter said...

Hi Jac

Your challenge sounds great fun, and if anybody else wants a go - the link to Jac's blog is over on the right . . .

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