I received a comment on my Roasted Tomato post that got me thinking. Tiffany of Como Water wrote that January is 1/12 of my life and I should find a way to enjoy it. I had never thought of it that way. To me winter has always been something I need to survive to get to the good stuff. I decided to try to figure out what it is about the winter that bothers me so much. Basically it comes down to two things; the dark and the cold. It’s pitch black when I wake up in the morning and its pitch black when I leave the office at night. The darkness is depressing and tiring. And then there’s the cold. Yuck. I’m one of those people who thinks a hot humid day is heavenly. The cold makes me, well, cold. And tense. Every time I step outside I can feel all of my muscles contracting, and they stay stuck that way all day.
So what can I do about this? My first solution is to spend some time outside and enjoy what little sunshine there is. I’m thinking walks at lunch could cover this. The second solution is to stay warm. If I’m going to enjoy my walks I need a good coat (can you say Canada Goose?).
And I need nice warm bowl of soup when I get home at night.
My first soup of the month is Curried Carrot and Lentil. It was kind of an experiment as I had no recipe to follow, but I think for the first time a non baking experiment has worked for me. The carrots and red lentils are a great base to the soup, the curry and cayenne and some nice heat, and the coconut milk adds just the right amount of creaminess. I think it’s perfect to come home to on a cold January night.
Curried Carrot and Lentil Soup
- coconut oil or olive oil for frying
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated (can be substituted with powder)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 3/4 cup lentils
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups coconut milk
- plain yogurt for serving
- In a large soup pot, sautee the onions and carrots for 3 – 4 minutes until the onions have softened.
- Add the mustard seeds, curry, and ginger. Cook, stirring to keep the onion from burning, until the mustard seeds start to pop.
- Add the cayenne and lentils, then add the broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
- Let cool, then puree with an immersion blender or blender until smooth.
- Serve topped with yogurt.