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Monday, September 1, 2014

craving simple carrot soup ( with ginger)

Oh my word, life has been changing in a snap - one day I wake up and remember my dearest daughter, daughter-in-law and grands have moved to Minnesota, after being two miles away for a few years, when I am suddenly presented with a beautiful new grandson, a fair distance away, but, still, here in New Hampshire.  I haven't seen him in person yet, but he looks so much like my son, I am flabbergasted, and I cannot wait to hold that little boy in my arms.

There it is, the essence of family.  You say goodbye to a sister, a father, mother, stepmother, and miss them every day, and then?  All these little new ones come along, and you love them with all your heart.

Seeing the autumn berries ( and some chilly mornings) reminds me of this earthy soup I love:   sweet with fresh carrots and ginger root, a little thyme, brightly colored, easy to whip up after your farmer's market visit, or a visit to your own garden.  Add a greeny salad on the side, a slice of cheddar and good bread, and lie lazing on the lounge chair on the terrace, looking up at the sky, and accepting the sad and the joy all together.

Fresh Carrot Soup

4 cups light chicken or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups peeled and sliced medium sized carrots (do not use baby carrots, which are dry)
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 - 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
kosher salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a simmer and cook until the carrots are just fork tender.  Remove from heat briefly, then puree a few cups at a time in a blender.  It will be a beautiful bright orange color.  Taste and adjust seasonings before serving, and if it's too thick, just stir in a few tablespoons of water.  You can serve this hot or cold.

Makes four to five servings.

Happy Labor Day!


La Table De Nana said...

You said everything so well..~
Love those wee ones..they plug holes in our hearts..xx
The soup sounds and looks like comfort..

Ca't wait for you to go hold him and tell us about how he feels:)

katrina said...

All so true, Nana - thank you. I listened to Noah yelling in the background yesterday on the phone: "GAT! GAT!" (meaning cat), and then his tremendous chuckle. And quick talks with Isadora and Frankie, and yes, cannot wait to meet our Max. His mama is very good about taking the most beautiful pictures, and sharing them with the family. I'm sure the soup is familiar, but a slight difference in ingredients and cooking time, which makes for that beautiful carroty bright orange! Happy September!

Barb said...

Ah Katrina, you do say it perfectly -the essence of family.

I hope you get to meet your new Max very soon - what is more incredible than a brand new baby?