I’ve been eating a lot of un-photogenic food this past week, hence the lack of interesting photos. The most exciting things I have eaten are a cheese scone with Wensleydale cheese (best combination ever), grilled courgette and aubergine (possibly my favourite vegetables in the world), butter bean & tomato soup with avocado & tomato on a bagel (exactly what I needed at the time, possibly a new go-to meal) and spinach & ricotta pasta baked with feta & mozzarella (eaten at an Italian restaurant, absolutely freaking delicious). On Sunday night, despite the fact that it was ridiculously cold, I decided to make frozen watermelon daiquiris. As you do. They were delicious and I could have easily drank many more if I had more watermelon. Just blend rum, ice, deseeded watermelon and sugar – mmm. Now for a recipe.
Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup
You will need a few large carrots, about a bowful of lentils, stock, onion, garlic, and whatever spices you fancy. I usually like to use some combination of chilli powder, curry powder, garam masala, cumin and turmeric. (I first made this soup while living at uni, where I did not own any weighing scales, hence why I don’t use measurements. The recipe I based it off is here, for those of you who have your lives in better order than I do. I don’t personally put milk in it because I don’t think it needs it. Use your own judgement on that one.)
Part of the beauty of this soup is just how easy it is to make. Fry some onion and garlic, grate the carrots, then add the carrots, lentils and stock into the pan. Boil until the lentils have gone a bit mushy, stirring occasionally. Leave it to cool down for a minute (important: you don’t want to splash hot soup on your face!) and then blend it, preferably with a stick blender. I usually serve it with some coriander leaves sprinkled on top, and I think it would be great with creme fraiche drizzled over it.
I haven’t made this soup in a while but I have found myself daydreaming about it as the weather gets colder, so there may be pictures of it next week!
What’s your favourite vegetable?
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Let me know if you make the soup & if you like it!