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my weekend was full of good things, and as usual, food was at the center. today, i thought i’d tell you about a soup i put together for sunday supper. it was really delicious, had bright and interesting flavors, and it took very little time to prepare. on sundays i usually cook a few things that i can eat throughout a busy workweek for lunch or a quick dinner. this was perfect.
carrot soup with cilantro and cumin
(adapted from a recipe in nigel slater’s tender vol. 1)
chop one large onion. let it sweat in a heavy-bottomed pot with some olive oil until translucent. roughly chop a bag of carrots (i probably used about 10-12 large carrots). finely chop a very hot chili pepper (i used a thai birds-eye chili – you want something small with a lot of heat here).
to the pot, add cumin (1-2 tablespoons … i love cumin, so i added a lot) and about half the same amount of dried coriander, plus salt and pepper. warm the spices to release their flavor for about 1 minute. chuck in your chopped carrots, the hot pepper, and about 1 liter of water (i could’ve used stock but i didn’t have any on hand, and water was fine). bring to a boil, turn down the heat, partially cover and let simmer until the carrots are tender.
while the soup simmers, roughly chop a bunch of cilantro. add half of the chopped cilantro to the soup and when the carrots are tender, remove from the heat and very carefully blend the soup until smooth (i have a basic immersion blender for this purpose and i think it’s worth every penny). taste for seasonings and add more salt and pepper if necessary. squeeze in the juice of one lemon, and add the rest of your chopped cilantro (to taste). serve with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt on top, and a little drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil.
(note: i also think this soup would be delicious with harissa instead of the chilis, and mint instead of the cilantro)
i ate this with a slice of country bread, a hunk of cheddar, and a few slices of smoked ham. it was a bright soup, perfect for the end of a sunny day in early spring.
have a nice monday.