Soups are eaten to warm the soul. Wintry months are made easier when we offer soup - generally prior to the main meal. I love the idea of a variety of combinations. Carrot is versatile enough and pairs well with orange, ginger and parsley. Chives are also good as is cinnamon and nutmeg. Clearly the choice is yours.
Serves 4 to 6
A tbsp each salted butter + olive oil
One large diced onion
500 gm - 1.1 lb peeled and diced carrots
3 sticks of celery ribs, that have been shaved and diced
4 cloves garlic
a dash of salt
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
freshly grated zest of an orange
3 cup broth or stock
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice
In a pan warm the butter and olive oil. Saute the onion. Add the celery and carrots and continue to cook them for a few minutes till you see it caramelising. Add the salt, sugar, ginger, orange and half the stock/broth, bring to a boil and cover. Lower the heat and cook until everything is just cooked. It will take about 30 minutes, Add the remaining stock/broth and orange juice. Simmer it covered for another 30 minutes.
Optionally add parsley or coriander for flavour.
To garnish sprinkle with coconut milk or cream and finely chopped parsley, mint or coriander. Serve hot.