a winning combination

there are plenty of odd dishes that brits love. at least, it would be odd to anyone else BUT the brits. for example: steak & kidney pie. or welsh rarebit. or pretty much anything you eat for dessert at christmas. (i was going to put bread & butter pudding here, but decided not to for fear of starting a riot) but something a little less intimidating and weird (but an odd combo nonetheless) is carrot & coriander soup. this is something i had never tasted nor heard of until i stepped back onto british soil. literally - i came to visit phil in london for the first time in april of 2008 and he made it for me on my first night. strangely enough, i don't think i've had it since. but we made it last night again - using gorgeous carrots and fresh coriander that we picked up at borough market yesterday.

obviously, this soup isn't for the coriander-hater. and in our version, we heated things up a notch with a red chili. but it's such a basic soup that there is plenty of room for adjustments.

carrot & coriander soup

this serves about 4

the particulars:

  • one yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 6 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large handful fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp dried coriander
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 pint veg stock
  • salt and pepper
  1. heat up some oil in a large pan and cook the onion until it turns translucent. add the garlic and chili and cook for a few more minutes. throw in the dried coriander at this point and coat everything with this fragrant spice. add more or less to your taste.
  2. add the carrots and continue to cook until slightly softened. also add the orange zest and juice and stir well.
  3. pour in the heated vegetable stock and bring to the boil. reduce to a simmer and leave for 20 minutes (at least).
  4. add the torn up fresh coriander leaves and blend your soup either with a handheld immersion blender or by pouring into a full-size blender. you may sieve and add more stock at this point if you'd like it to be thinner.
  5. serve with a few fresh coriander leaves on top and some bread.

lesson learned: our super special additions of orange and chili made this soup extra yummy. feel free to experiment with other citrus flavours or spices. it's a wonderful thing on a cold day!