I got lots of homey gifts for Christmas this year, and one of the ones I'm most excited about is the blender James' parents bought for us. I am a total soupaholic, so I am really looking forward to making loads of soups this year, and getting into some smoothie making too.
My first experiment was this curried carrot and apple soup which came out rather nicely, if a little bit more spicy than I was expecting! To make enough for four you need:
500g carrots - peeled and chopped
1 cooking apple - chopped
1 large onion - chopped
1-2 dessertspoons of curry powder (I used 1 dessert spoon of medium curry powder, but I think I should have gone for mild! Ouch!)
2 teaspoons olive oil
750ml chicken or vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
natural yoghurt to garnish (apparently natural greek yoghurt was not what I was suppsoed to use... oops! Still tasted ok though.)
Heat the olive oil and curry powder in a large pan for 2-3 minutes, then add all your vegetables and mix well so they are coated in oil/curry powder mix. Cover and leave to soften for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then add the softened veg and half your stock to your blender (once it has cooled a bit) and blend well. Return this to your pan and add the other half of the stock. Bring to the boil, season to taste, add your yoghurt and serve!