… what happened to the Spring… honestly, they wonder why we’re obsessed with the weather in the UK… and can you blame us… one minute we’re cleaning the cobwebs off the barbecue the next minute the wind is blowing a harsh cold frost over the daffodils… and it’s not me just making all this up you know… statistically it is more likely to snow in the UK at Easter time than it is at Christmas… fact!
… so with the four days of summer firmly behind us and the chill returned for an unlimited period I felt a bowl of warm and spicy soup was in order…
curried fennel and carrot soup served with melted cheese on sourdough
1 medium onion – finely chopped
1 fennel bulb – finely chopped
3 medium carrots – finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic – crushed
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 ltr good quality vegetable stock
– in a heavy pan melt some butter and olive oil, add the onion and garlic and let them sweat gently for 5 mins
– add the fennel seeds and garam masala and let them cook with the onions for a further fw minutes until the house fills with the wonderful sweet scent
– add the carrots and fennel, stir and place the lid on for about 5 mins until the vegetables are beginning to soften
– add the stock, then place the lid back on and let it bubble gently for a further 20 minutes
– whizz with a hand blender and serve with dollop of cream cheese and some red Lincolnshire Poacher toasted on sourdough…
… eat and of course, enjoy!
It is bak to blustery weather here as well Dom so soup would fit the bill nicely.
Susan Lindquist says
What a gorgeous picture of that bowl of soup! Love love love the colors of this dish … and the cheesey toasts are just the icing on the cake, so to speak!
As for the weather … same thing here! I was back into the heavy sweater and warm gloves for my morning walk!
Marmaduke Scarlet says
As for the weather . . . last week I was sunburned, this week I am wearing layers! Doh! But the soup is a bit of genius – lovely and warming but would perfect if the weather ever warms up again.
Oh I love fennel and carrot soup!
Melted cheese is simply divine!
Sue/the view from great island says
We had frost on our daffodils, too! This soup hits the spot, and your presentation is fabulous.
Food Urchin says
That's it? Four days of Summer? Now gone? No chance to break out the speedos and string vest? I am depressed now Dom.
Maybe your soup will cheer me up.
Mark Willis says
Sounds like a great combo for the soup – a nice change from the usual Carrot & Coriander. Down here in the “sub-tropical” regions of the UK we have escaped the snow this week, but still have max daytime temps in single figures.
Annes S says
The weather is already doing my head in – dug out the flip flops and now back in furry boots!
I adore fennel but seem to always be in minority, need to convert more people or just make a vat of your soup and live on it for a week! Sounds so lovely and fragrant!
Sounds a nice combo, definitely one to try during this cold spell. My kind of food.
Looks yummy! I've awarded you a Happy Blogger award, check it out here http://www.carolinemakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/im-happy.html
Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes says
Our weather is crazy too! Your soup looks delicious! I hope you have some extra, you may be serving it on Easter if it stays cold! I'm sure the bunny would like some too! LOL!!!
Magnolia Verandah says
Unbelievably Melbourne weather is the same! Yesterday and today 28C and 30C – in fact just about to have a swim! Tomorrow and Sunday 19C – go figure, just when you want a little sun for the Easter Egg Hunt and have planned a cold buffet lunch!!!.
Morale of the story ? Always have soup at the ready and this one looks just perfect.
Come live in Arizona sometime, you'll be able to enjoy the summer for at least 6 to 7 months out of the year!! 🙂
The soup looks so lovely, Dom.. I bet it tasted even better than it looks!!!
Karen S Booth says
GREAT soup recipe and I DO love fennel, I used it in a seafood stew recipe today – an underused spice and vegetable IMHO!
Fahad Khan says
“statistically it is more likely to snow in the UK at Easter time than it is at Christmas…” It is worse over here in India!New Delhi is hot at the moment,like that barbecue you are talking about!And let us not forget,this is just the beginning of summer!
I love curries and curried soups,after all everyone here does,hehe.:-) Very simple and easy recipe,I am going to note down/bookmark this!
Have also sent a request to your Facebook group,I hope it is fine!:-)
Thank you for sharing!
well it's mid July & yet here in Ireland we've been having flash flooding. It's dark, cold & wet, almost like November. So soup is definitely in order. The only curried soup I ever make is sweet potato & celery & sometimes add chicken & noodles to it to have for dinner. I'm looking forward to trying your combination though, it looks scrumptious!!
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That looks absolutely gorgeous my friend what a delicious side 🙂