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Carrot and Orange Soup

 Carrot and Orange Soup

Sweet and smooth, this soup makes a satisfying and healthy Autumn lunch, or dinner.

Carrots are one of the vegetables that I have not had much success with in the garden. When I get them to sprout the birds swoop in and clear them out. I lost 90 little baby carrots in one hit a little while back and was so annoyed I have planted very few since. Mr Fresh has been given the task of building a cage around my garden beds to keep the birds out prior to next Summer. The local bird life will have to find a new source of food.

Despite my bad luck with growing carrots, I have access to some wonderful local produce via our farmers markets. Looking at those lovely vibrant fresh ones in the image below makes me want to grab a pen and start writing up recipe ideas again!

Fresh Carrot

The soup recipe below is one of the ideas inspired by these carrots that I collected at the market.

The recipe came about as most of my others do:

1. I collect what I have available in the garden

  • Now I have a wonderful supply of rocket and coriander and some capsicums

2. I create a little gathering of ingredients on the bench, look in the cupboards and fridge and think about how they will work together. Fresh produce mostly always works together. If it does not, remove one or two items from the line up and go back to the basics.

  • Among the many things in my cupboards/pantry was a huge bag of oranges my parents delivered from my home town, plus some fresh ginger and dried cumin

3. I  start cooking, sometimes adjusting as I go along.

Soup makes a healthy meal and as a bonus it is simple and fast to make. I like to have it on hand for Mr Fresh to take to work for lunch.

I have been experimenting with soup recipes over the last couple of weeks as I was lucky enough to win a Soup Simple Soup Maker from Kambrook at an event I attended.  Are you noticing a pattern here? Maybe I need to start a business making soups…..At the very least I am thanking my lucky stars for my very good fortune this year.

The Soup Simple is a great little machine. Simply add the ingredients up to the clearly marked line, select the smooth or chunky function based on the texture you desire, turn it on and pour your creation into the bowl in just over 20 minutes.It made a quick meal quicker.

I see this machine being really useful on a work evening to have dinner ready quickly. If the vegetables are cut up ready to add and in the fridge, add them to the machine when you walk in the door, get changed, get the kids organized and settled at the table and dinner is ready! Super Mum 🙂

Carrot and Orange Soup
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • 1 orange juiced
  • ½ capsicum green - chopped
  • 3 celery sticks - chopped
  • 1 fresh corn cob with kernals removed
  • 5 carrots - peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • vegetable stock 650 ml
To Serve
  • Fresh baby rocket leaves
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Black cracked pepper
  • Crusty bread
Using a pot on the stove
  1. Add the ingredients to a pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes
  2. Blend the ingredients with a stick blender
  3. Serve topped with fresh baby rocket leaves, coriander and cracked black pepper
  4. Eat with crusty bread
Using a Soup Maker
  1. Add the ingredients to the machine
  2. Select the smooth setting and start
  3. Serve with rocket, coriander and bread and some cracked pepper
The cook time in the soup maker was 21 minutes.

*I was not paid by Kambrook to write this recipe, I chose to write it as I really enjoy using the machine I won.

 I love experimenting with kitchen appliances, they get me excited about cooking simple things. What is you favorite kitchen appliance? Tell me in the comments below.




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  • Anne @ Domesblissity May 14, 2013, 1:52 pm

    I love soup weather Krystie. So nutritious and economical. I must get my hands on one of those soup makers.

    Anne xx

    • Kyrstie May 14, 2013, 9:10 pm

      I agree Anne 🙂 Thanks for visiting. K x

  • giulia May 15, 2013, 8:21 pm

    wow this looks like an amazing soup! will have sto stock up on the carrots from the farmers markets next weekend! Giulia (ps. are you from australia?)

    • Kyrstie May 15, 2013, 8:49 pm

      Hi Giulia,yes I was born in Australia. My grandmother was Czech. Thanks for dropping by. I have been browsing through your Italy pictures on your site. Beautiful!

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