Friday, May 24, 2013

Carrot Soup for Cooler Temps

NOTE:  My previous post for the cobbler left out the milk.  It's 3/4 of a cup.  Sorry for the oversight!!

Yesterday dawned cold and rainy.  The wind was howling and it seemed more like fall than late spring.
After a hearty and delicious lunch out with a friend, I was feeling sated and a bit guilty thinking of a simple supper for The Baker and me.  There was a bunch of carrots in the vegetable drawer and one of our favorite soups came to mind.  Although I've often dreamed of a visit to The Golden Door Spa, I've never been.  Due to the high cost of being pampered there, I'll probably never go!  Some year's ago, a friend gave me this recipe which she said was from that pampering spa.  We've enjoyed it many times--mostly hot but at times, chilled.  It certainly wasn't a day for chilled soup, so hot it was.

This soup makes a delicious appetizer or first course served in cups.

Chilled Carrot Soup
The Golden Door Spa and tweaked by Bonnie

1 tsp canola oil
1 small onion cut into a rough chop
2 tsp ground cumin
5 large carrots, roughly chopped
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
(I used a combination)
1 tsp salt
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp grated orange zest to garnish

Heat the canola oil in a medium-sized pot set over medium-high heat. Add the onion; saute, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes until soft and translucent.

Stir in the cumin and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots, stock or broth and salt; simmer partially covered for 30 to 40 minutes or until the carrots are very tender. Remove from heat and cool.

Transfer, in batches, to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Blend in the orange and lime juices. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until well chilled.

Serve cold in chilled soup bowls.

Enough for four to enjoy!


  1. sorry to hear your weather is not worthy of spring yet... hope the sun shines soon and warms you up

  2. I hate it when I have been out to a nice lunch with friends, and then have to come home fix dinner!!!
    Have a great holiday weekend!
    xo Kris

  3. Trying to catch up this morning. I sure hope The Gardener's sciatica has resolved. No fun! Those were sure some sweet Disney photos!! We have that on our agenda for next year... Cannot wait to see it through the eyes of the Little Men. ;) Rhubarb Cobbler and Carrot Soup. Yum. I LOVED the stories of your Aunts, especially the "groaning table". How much milk in the cobbler? Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Bonnie and that The Gardener is full throttle again! blessings ~ tanna

  4. Carrot soup, carrot, la, la, I can't remember the rest of the song:) You won't believe the weather here in Trapani, you'd think it would be hot in Sicily these days. Instead it's cold, rainy and...windy! They seem like hurricane winds that's how strong they are.

    I am now following you also on bloglovin'

  5. Sounds perfect Bonnie. Going down to 39 here tonight. Where is the "welcome to summer" that supposed to come with Memorial Day?

  6. Oh YUM! I like the idea f the orange juice, too.

  7. Oh it looks good for a warm day. I hope your weather is settling down and that you have a nice weekend.

  8. Love orange in carrot soups~

    Home is SPA:)


    Hope the patient is feeling some relief..

  9. Thanks for the note on the cobbler! I printed out the recipe :)

    Yes, so cold there was frost in some areas of Milwaukee this morning. Wish I had some of this delightful carrot soup for our dinner tonight.

  10. Wow that really sounds like a flavorful soup-and pretty! It's cold again here too, went from a tank top to sweatshirt... Happy Memorial Day Weekend:@)

  11. It's in the fifties in VA today, so hot soup sounds good! Yum! :)

  12. Hi Bonnie, We had a very cool day here today also ---and even have a fire in the fireplace tonight... Never have had one this late in May before.... Low 40's here tonight!!!! Mercy Me...

    Thanks for the update on the cobbler. I hadn't noticed that the milk wasn't there yet .. The Carrot soup looks good too. YUM.

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy Memorial Day --and don't forget to thank God for our service men and women who do/did so much for us to keep us safe.


  13. Mmmm the subtle undertones of the cumin sound delightful here and the refreshing sexy of the fresh orange is lovely. Such an inexpensive soup too which is always a bonus. X

  14. I meant zest not sexy - big fingers and predictive text fumbling again!

  15. I love soup and look delicious!!!

  16. Soup is comfort food for me and this one will be a keeper for cold or hot temps! Thanks, Bonnie!

  17. It has been cold and rainy here in New Hampshire so I would probably serve the soup warm. It is nice to have a recipe that can be served both hot and cold and be delicious.


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