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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Orange: The Colour of Wisdom - Carrot Soup

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Carrot Soup picture by www.wholefood

"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body." 
                                                                                                       - Benjamin Franklin

Soups are a staple on Ramadan menus. Almost everyone breaks fast with soup. I love soups all year round. I find them to be very warm and comforting, packed full of flavour and light on the stomach. Actually I love to have a bowl of soup for dinner, because it is easier and faster to digest, which in my book says healthy and of course less fatening lol

Inspirations from an Orange coloured Recipe
During Ramadan we seem very focused on the movement of the sun. When it rises we stop eating, and when it sets we break the fast. It is said that the true colour of the sun is Orange. According to Colour Therapy theories, the colour orange has a freeing property that tends to free the body and the mind inducing a higher mental response. At sunset, we tend to find ourselves feeling things more deeply. It is therefore advisable that if you meditate or contemplate to do it at sunset and sunrise as the hues elevate your mental responses and perceptions. If you are looking to boost your creativity and focus, then do use the colour orange. By stirring at the colour orange you encourage your creative abilities to rise to the surface. Well, keeping with this spirit - and in terms of food - it does not get more orange than in a carrot soup! 

Carrot soup is one of the most basic soups you can ever cook up. However carrot soup with its velvety texture is superb. You can have it plain focusing only on the flavours of the carrots or you can add aromatics such as ginger, which goes very well with the flavour of carrots, or tamarind water the sourness of which balances the sweetness of the carrots. You can even go for a carrot and rosemary flavour which I find to be a match made in heaven especially if assisted by the earth tones of beef stock. Goodness! Whatever you do with this soup, it somehow comes out fab every time.

Here is how its made....

Ramadan Recipe 3
Carrot Soup
You Need
Serves 6
3 cups Beef or chicken Broth
1 medium potato, peeled and roughly chopped
½ Kg Carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
3 tbsp butter
½ tsp sugar
1 small onion, finely chopped
Parsley, finely chopped for garnish
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic crushed
Salt & Black pepper to Taste

Always go fresh not frozen, what a total difference that makes to the flavours
Also try and go organic, who needs all the chemicals from non organic produce

In a large saucepan, melt butter, then add the carrots, potatoes & onions. Stir to coat, sprinkle with salt & Black pepper and stir to incorporate. Reduce the heat and let cook for a further 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the broth, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and let cook for a further 15 minutes. Remove from heat, blend till smooth (you can push soup through a colander in order to keep a bit of texture instead of blending till very smooth).

In a small skillet cook the crushed garlic and chopped parsley in the olive oil, till wilted. Use to garnish the top of the soup. You can place a dollop of yogurt or craime fraiceh at the centre of the soup for added flavour and creaminess.
Serve hot.

If you like soups, go to the Soups label for more soup recipes, and I will be posting more throughout Ramadan for you to try. Soups are very easy to make, all you need is a real good Broth recipe and good quality produce and you have a fabulous soup in the making.

The colour Orange is the true colour of the sun. It is known to be the colour of wisdom. 

I like pictures that can take you places. The picture above is one I use very often when am trying to find focus. Funny how I never noticed it was orange until I was typing the paragraph above! Interesting!

Well that's it for today. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the first Ramadan Menu, part of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special : Daily Recipes, alongside Menus and free online consultations. looking forward for all your comments too :))

Don't forget to be thankful this Ramadan
Ramadan Kareem