Still in the hangovers of the Christmas and New year? Well here .... I am trying to get over it :)
Don't You think you all need a refreshing start after all the hustle-bustle and celebrations of those last days of an year gone by? Well I need one , especially when One of my new year resolutions is to include lot of soups in the diet and go thin ;). I always try not to take any resolutions , but some how end up taking 1 or 2 every year, mostly non pragmatic ones and there by nothing has full filled so far ..sigh!!! How about you guys ?
I can see all the signs of sticking to my resolutions starting with the winning of "Cook Yourself Thin Faster ' from Fathimas Blog . Thank You Fathima for the giveaway, It feels great to get this book and I hope this winning is a great boost for me :)...See this is what I told you about positive signs.
..... My love for soup is something I inherited from my Mom. She often makes all kin of soups at home and finally drizzle with a dollop of fresh home made ghee. This is the first thing she orders , no matter how hot its back home, when she hits a restaurant . She is one of those first customers of Maggi and knorr soup, when they initially hit the kerala market I believe....She always serve this to her guest as a first course and even made sure they serve Good chicken soup for my betrothal reception and thus goes My Mom's love for soup ...
Coming to "The soup of the day"...A recipe adapted from Good Food , this won my heart at the very first attempt . The drizzle of the chili oil reminds me of my mom's dollop of ghee over her soup , and may be that has something to do with my love for this one. Its so easy to make and tastes so delicious. Perfect for the bone chilling climate , it soothes your mind and soul alike. Try this and trust me this recipe is a keeper to keep you warm :)
Recipe for White beans and Carrot Soup with Chilli Oil
White Kidney Beans - 1 can
Carrots chopped - 2
Celery Stick chopped - 2
Onion chopped - 1
Garlic chopped - 2 cloves
Crushed Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Vegetable stock - 2 can
Thyme or Rosemary - 2 - 3 sprigs
Bay leaves - 2
Wash and drain the canned White kidney beans .
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and fry chopped onions and garlic for 2 minutes.
Add chopped carrots and celery and fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add drained beans, stock, Crushed pepper,bay leaves, thyme or rosemary , salt to taste
Bring to Boil and cook it covered for 30 minutes.
Switch off the heat and let it stand for 10 minutes to cool.
Discard the bay leaves and Thyme .
Puree the Soup with a hand blender or In Food processor until smooth.
Return to Heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
Sprinkle some Thyme leaves or rosemary and drizzle with chili oil..
Serve warm with a cheese sandwich :)
For chilli oil :-
Combine 1/4 cup Olive oil or any oil and 1.5 table spoon Crushed Red pepper (flakes) and let it soak for 30 minutes. Shake well and it is ready to serve.
I know i did not even wish my readers in 2011. So wishing you all a wonderful and blessed New year. May all your dreams and resolutions come true.
A piece of Holidays from my part of the world..Rockefellar Tree and some other pics from NYC..