Monday, April 12, 2010

Cream Of Carrot Soup (Potage Crécy)



Here is something I made a few days ago. It was a toss between Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting or Cream of Carrot Soup. I bought two packets of baby carrots, not realising I already had some in my fridge. Then my mom came over with some foodstuff AND a packet of baby carrots. So, that makes 2kgs of carrots!!! Chomp chomp chomp ... what's up, doc?

In the end, it was Cream of Carrot Soup because of popular vote. My children love the soup at Parkway Parade's Caffe Bar better, but this version was good on its own too. Well, not a drop was left after lunch, so that says a lot, doesn't it?



This is also my first time embellishing my photos with word fonts. I like the effect but I can foresee myself doing this only if I have got time on my hands. It takes effort to select the right type of fonts to complement the photos.

Anyway, here you go ... Cream of Carrot Soup, or if you want it more classy, say it in French - Potage Crécy!



Recipe
(from Easy French Food)
Makes about six 1-cup servings.

- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped finely
- 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled if needed and sliced thinly
- 1 large potato, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock (I only used 2 cups stock + 1 cup water)
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- Salt to taste
- Chives, chopped (I subbed with parsley)



1. In a large sturdy soup pot (or Dutch oven), melt the butter on medium heat. Cook the onions, carrots, potato, and garlic in the butter for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock and pepper and bring the soup to a boil. Turn the heat down so that the soup is just barely bubbling. Cover the pot and cook the soup for 30 minutes.
* I used a pressure cooker and the soup was done in 15 minutes.


2. Remove the soup from the heat and allow it to cool enough so you can comfortably puree it, using either a food processor or blender. Work in small batches and watch out for hot splashing soup! Once it is pureed return the soup to a pot. You can also puree this soup using a stainless steel food mill for a very smooth soup.
* I used a potato masher followed by a whisk. You'll get a slightly textured soup this way.


3. When you are done pureeing all the soup, stir in the whipping cream and season to taste with salt and additional pepper. You can further season this soup with such things as powdered dry ginger, cumin, curry or cayenne. All of these flavors go very nicely with carrots.

4. Heat the soup to serve. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped chives.

32 comments:

  1. your soup looks chunky and yummy! I want to try this some day :)

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  2. What a treat of a soup! (And impressive fonts!)

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  3. You are surely playing with the DSLR! ;)

    I haven't tried carrot soup. You have inspired me! The weather has been so cold here.

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  4. I think I am really in need of some good healthy and comforting soup like this!

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  5. Great recipe Ju. I cooked a similar one with pumpkin last week. A I read this I was thinking about sweet potatoes, I might have to cook it next week.

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  6. Mmm....healthy and delicious. My girls love this soup. With some crusty bread, they would be very happy already. Quite easy to please them huh... and healthy, too :D

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  7. That is a terrific soup... and the photos of a difficult subject (my soup photos look awful)... Yours are incredible. Great post

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  8. What a great way to increase vege intake. I love it esp in the form of soup.. another one to add to my list for winter soup (as it is getting cooler her).

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  9. ♥♥♥

    Like your bowl:)Great job Ju..so cute and it was a different look today..Great depth of filed too..I admire shots like those..
    And love carrot soups.

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  10. Simple and yet nutritious! Looks like you're having one hell of a good time with the camera!

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  11. I love carrot soup and I just wanted to say that the photographs are excellent ! I like the Fonts too ... have to go play with fonts now.
    chau !

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  12. Ottima questa zuppa di carote, le foto sono favolose.
    Ciao Daniela.

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  13. This soup looks great, thick and full of flavour. And the french name gives it such elegance. :P

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  14. I love carrot soup! I stopped making it when my kids were less than enthused about it (I used to make it with lots of curry) but now that they have left the coop or on their way out, I am going to indulge in it again! Merci for this classic!

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  15. yum, i love a good carrot and coriander soup. Loving this recipe too. And pretty tea towel. I love the yellow stiching on there. x

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  16. The soup looks delicious !
    Love your photos :)

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  17. I really don't like carrot. But I LOVE soup, so I might have to fold and try this soup. It really looks appetizing. Total comfort food for a cold night. Here's another interesting recipe, Carrot Apple Soup. Two very different tastes. http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/carrot_apple_soup.htm

    Thank you for sharing!

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  18. looks lovely, i will try this variation on carrot soup, never thought of using cream! duh!
    Nice blog, thanks :-)

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  19. Your photos are awesome!

    I made something very similar to this yesterday, but I used carrots, onions red pepper, fresh ginger and onions. I LOVE carrot soup :D

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  20. Agree with La Table De Nana. Good control of DOF. And to think you've only had the camera for a week!

    La Table De Nana: You have some very nice shots in your blog as well.

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  21. Beautiful Ju...your pics are fabulous and that soup is making me very hungry!
    L~xo

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  22. We all turn "boh gay" rabbits today...lol!

    Hardly make thick soups at home cos need to puree/blend or need special equip like a pressure cooker.

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  23. Lovely, lovely photos and wording, Ju. You're so awesome! I have never seen such a good-lucking carrot soup.

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  24. Gorgeous soup and I love the red heart bowl...too cute!

    Certainly understand about suspending comments on your blog, I am seriously considering doing the same.

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  25. Hey Ju, saw your latest note. Totally understand where you are coming from. Just blogging itself is already a really time consuming affair... I am sometimes really scared by the amount of time I spend on blogging.

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  26. Beautiful soup Ju! But I am reading this after your most recent post and I am so sad to think this will be my last opportunity to leave a comment for awhile .. : (
    Well, I'll still be visiting your blog, my dear, I love it, so I will telepathically send you comments. Hopefully you get them ; )

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  27. I LOVE CARROT SOUP!
    replacing them with mushrooms are awesome too.
    aww ju im missing you already :(
    but you deserve a good break!
    -hugs-
    i'll still be around! hehe.

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  28. Ju, You deserve a good break! We won't be going anywhere. Whenever you are ready, we are here waiting for you. Lovely soup. Weather is getting chilly in Sydney. I am starting to make more soups!

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  29. Hey Ju,

    Thanks for this lovely professional blog of yours. I have 4 kids and have learnt so much great cooking, baking and tips from your blog.. and not to mention your good photography skills capturing all your fruits of labour..

    Keep up the good work..

    God bless,
    4kids

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  30. Thanks all my friends, especially with regard to my decision to suspend comments.

    4kids: Thank YOU! Having 4 kids must be tiring but wonderful. My blog is my 4th kid, I guess. LOL!!

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  31. oooo, i am making carrot soup as i write this. the potato is a nice touch. i am going to make this in the winter time! looks yummy.

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