This recipe came from Slow Traveler Debrah, and it's a perfect spring time soup. It couldn't be easier to make either.
I love the spicy kick the ginger gives to this soup. I garnished it with some plain yogurt and a grating of nutmeg. It was delicious. Recipe and my notes are below.
And here's another spring flower. Many years ago, I bought a bag of mixed early spring bulbs and planted them around my yard. It was mainly crocus and hyacinth, but my favorite thing that came out of that bag are these miniature iris. They are right by the walkway to my door and are one of the earliest things to bloom every year, weeks before their much larger cousins, the bearded iris, will bloom.
It's been favourite for at least 20 years. I used to make this when I was doing location catering for film and tv production in Eastern Canada and it was a guaranteed winner for the segment of the cast and crew who liked healthy and tasty! It tastes so rich and creamy but has no added fat - no butter, cream, cheese, etc.! (what's a little olive oil between friends!) This would be suitable for two for a meal or four for an appetizer.
One large onion - diced (or a combination of green onions and shallots)
Three cloves garlic minced or crushed
Three inch piece of ginger root - finely diced (more or less depending on preference)
Eight large carrots (diced)
One Large tetra pack of chicken or vegetable broth (4 cups)
One and a half cups of orange juice
Saute onions, garlic and ginger in olive oil on low heat to soften and start to carmelize for only 10 minutes. Put in carrots and saute for 5 minutes to bring out the sugars. Add enough broth to cover the carrots and simmer till carrots are tender.
Remove from heat, place a small amount of broth and all of the carrots into blender and puree until smooth. Pour back into pot, add orange juice and rest of broth (or water) until you get the thickness consistency you desire.
I used vegetable broth and increased the ginger. I didn't use the whole 4 cup box of broth; I think I only used about 3 cups. Really good!