*Original post: December 15th, 2015
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, my friends! The tree is up and decorated, most of the presents have been bought (zero have been wrapped) and Christmas music is pretty much on full blast at this point. It seemed like the holiday season really snuck up on me, I realized the other day how close it was and immediately got into holiday mode.
My mom always has the prettiest tree.
A big problem with the Christmas Season in Atlanta right now has been the WEATHER. And by that I mean it has been ridiculously warm. It’s been hard to think Santa and Snowmen when I was sitting on a patio two days ago in a tee short and shorts in December and still feeling warm.
Warm weather does not make me think of cuddling up next to a fire watching Elf and eating soup. BUT….there is the slightest chill in the air today. So soup it is! I give you one of the easiest and one of my all time favorites “Coconut Curry Carrot Soup”.
I really, really love this soup. The flavors smell AND taste amazing. Just look at these fragrants ingredients:
-1 tblsp coconut oil
-8 carrots, peeled and chopped
-1 large onion, chopped
-1 clove garlic
-2 tblsp mined fresh ginger (I cheat and use the minced ginger in a jar)
-2 tsp curry powder
-1 tsp cumin
-1 tsp garam masala
-1/2 tsp salt
-4 cups vegetable broth
These goodies are gonna have your kitchen smelling like a real flavor paradise.
Behold, the almighty Coconut Oil.
Start a tablespoon of cooc oil going in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for an additional minute, until the garlic is fragrant.
Now let's get into these spices....oooooh yeah.
Add the cumin, curry powder, garam masala, and salt. Stir for a minute or two and then add the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 30 minutes. Bask in the most amazing soup smell while you have 30 minutes to clean up, fold a load, cuddle your cat, or whatever it is you do in spare cooking time. (Is it just me, or is this a great time in the cooking world?)
Transfer soup to a blender, in batches if needed. Especially if you're like me and just happen to be making this soup at your mom's house and all she has is a BABY nutribullet, it will take about 5 batches. Patience is key.
Transfer to a bowl and top with a drizzle of coconut milk. I'm going to eat this while I cuddle up next to the tree and watch Christmas movies and wrap presents. Although I may skip the fire for now, it is still 68 degrees after all.
On that note, go ahead and also put on my favorite Christmas Album here. Zooey Deschanel IS Christmas.