Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Herbes de Provence Carrot Soup

When we got this week's "What's Cooking?" assignment, Chef DH said, "Carrots? That's boring!" I replied, "Then we need to make it interesting." So that was our challenge.
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I realized that this might mean a trip to our favorite little spice shop...the one in France.

Okay, so it's not really in France. It's in a shopping center called Lafayette Village. That really is a shopping center; it's not your average strip mall. Savory Spice Shop grinds spices weekly, so everything is fresh. And they are great at helping with recipes and new flavors to try.

We went there for Herbes de Provence, a popular French blend that can be used in almost anything. DH also bought some Ghost Pepper Salt (HOT) and Mayan Cocoa (with chili peppers), but that's a story for another day. Our recipe this week is Herbes de Provence Carrot Soup. I'm not sure how DH found this recipe. I'm gonna guess Google.

  • 2.5 lbs carrots, peeled
  • 1.5 quarts vegetable stock
  • .75 lbs standard mirepoix (50% onions, 25% carrots, 25% celery)
  • Herbes de Provence You decide how much goes in. We used approx. 1Tbsp.
  • Salt and crushed green peppercorn to taste We used 1 tsp salt, but no peppercorn only because we didn't have any.
  • Sweat the mirepoix with grape seed oil in a medium stock pot
  • Add the vegetable stock, herbs, salt & pepper
  • Add the carrots and simmer for an hour or two
  • Blend the soup (be careful) then strain
  • Garnish and serve
Waiting for the simmer.

The soup was creamy and had a lot of flavor. I wasn't a big fan of the texture, all mush and nothing to bite or chew, but it was tasty.

Another recipe I wanted to try was Jicama Carrot Orange-Chipotle Slaw, but we couldn't find any Jicama. There are probably substitutes, but I really like Jicama! Well, maybe I just like saying Jicama. Anyway, we'll keep looking and try that recipe soon.

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    1. Typo error, I meant to say that shop looks wonderful and I wish I lived nearby. Your soup sounds delicious

    2. It is a really neat shop. There's another shop in the same center that sells nothing but chocolate!