Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Warming 3 Root and Coriander Soup

'Tis the season to be jolly, but I’m sad to report that it has been far from it in our family household. With December being a fine combination of illness, injury, damaged cars and various other misdemeanours, I could be forgiven for being the ultimate Scrooge coming into the week before Christmas.

Thankfully we are all bringing ourselves around. My daughter, the cause of the various ills due to her new favourite pastime since starting nursery, Pass the Germ Parcel, appears to have the cheeky glint back in her eye and the bounce back in her step. My wife ploughs on into the storm with the strength that the female of the species only possess. And I still moan on a daily basis, but I can see the Christmas light at the end of the December tunnel. Man flu - need I say more?

Soups play a big part of any revival in our kitchen, and with cheap roots everywhere at this time of the year it is amazing what kind of super soups you can achieve with a bit of experimentation. Some old carrots, half a squash, a parsnip and a potato were the main ingredients for this winter warmer.

Blended with warming chilli and ginger and flecked with coriander, it makes for a nice alternative to the popular carrot and coriander. A squeeze of lime and a swirl of yoghurt adds sharpness to the heat and completes an otherwise impressive but simple soup, one that just about bent the corners of my mouth into some form of smile. Here's to the build up to Christmas, I can’t wait.

Warming 3 Root and Coriander Soup

Feeds 4

1 onion, sliced
1 clove of garlic, sliced
1 fresh of dried chilli, chopped or crumbled
1 thumb size of ginger, peeled and sliced
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 parsnip, peeled and sliced
Half a large or 1 small butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and sliced
1 large potato, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 litre hot vegetable stock
1 large handful of fresh coriander, roots and leaves
100ml natural yoghurt
Juice of 1 lime (optional)
Dried chilli for garnish

1 - Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the vegetables including the chilli, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 5-10 minutes until they start to soften.
2 - Pour in the hot stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
3 - Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Put in the fresh coriander and yoghurt and blend until the coriander has broken up into small pieces rather than completely broken up.
4 - Taste for seasoning then stir in the lime juice. Pour into bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of dried chilli and a spoonful of yoghurt.

8 comments:

Peter M said...

David, health is the important gift of all, hope all is well and soup is a good start.

Catofstripes said...

Nice looking soup. Get well soon!

Bellini Valli said...

This soup is restorative David so eat bowls and bowls of it to regain your Christmas spirit!!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Ah, hope you're all 100% better David. That soup is bound to do the trick. What is it with kids + school or nursery = big bad bugs?!

Big hugs. x

Aimée said...

Oh dear, I hope you all feel better soon. We're recovering ourselves, but this beautiful soup probably could have helped us along.

Helen said...

I hope you all feel better soon David. I can't believe you actually acknowledged the femal strength and determination! Not only that - but the man-flu as well! Oh ok, we know that men get just as ill too and it's horrible. Take care of yourselves with lots of warming soup! H x

Cynthia said...

Glad to hear that everyone is on the mend. There is nothing worse than being sick at any time much less the holidays.

Merry Christmas to you and the family

Trig said...

When I saw your post title, I thought you were writing about North Korean food. But I don't expect President St-ill III can get hold of the fresh coriander.

Have a great Xmas.