… a warm bowl of soup is surely one of the best ways to overcome misery of any kind… sure it won’t pay the rent or solve third world debt but on a cold and windy day there’s very little other than a bowl of soup to warm the cockles of your soul… there’s probably very few of you reading this who don’t now know the sombre news that Somerset and Cornwall have declared independence from the rest of mainland Britain, cutting themselves off from the mainland in a bid for freedom… I understand from their new queen, Choclette, that the new currency is the scone but travel into the new country is sketchy at best… watch this space for updates…
carrot, lemon thyme and celeriac soup
it’s been ages since i’ve taken part in the no croutons required bloggers challenge but now that Jaq from Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen have changed the rules to open up the theme I’ve really got no excuses… i’m also entering this soup into the cooking with herbs challenge hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage as the lemon thyme adds more than a wonderful undertone to the whole dish.
1 large onion – peeled and finely chopped
1 whole celeriac – peeled and chopped
2 large carrots – peeled and chopped
1 and 1/2 pints good veg stock
2 or 3 sprigs of lemon thyme or regular thyme if you can’t find that.
butter, olive oil and seasoning
in a large pan, saute the onions in a little butter and olive oil until beginning to soften then throw in the thyme, carrots and celeriac, place the lid on and gently sweat until the veg is soft
add the stock and simmer for 20 mins
blend until smooth and serve with a sprinkling of fresh lemon thyme and a dollop of greek yoghurt
eat and of course, enjoy!
Karen S Booth says
Scones would work as currency for me any day of the week Dom as I bloody love them! And I also love this soup too, such a creamy bowl of loveliness, thanks so much for adding it to cooking sure herbs! Karen
Susan Lindquist says
Mmmm … what a lovely soup, Dom! Beautifully presented also!
The KitchenMaid says
Snap! I've just posted a carrot soup too! No celeriac though, as that's still a-growin' in the garden. (How smug am I?) I'll save this for that happy harvest, as I have been thinking, 'what the hell am I going to do when the celeriac is ready apart from remoulade?!)
I like the presentation of this – I've been thinking more about the way I photograph food lately, which is mainly on my kitchen worktop with utensils in the background as I'm in a hurry to take a photo so I can eat it! The black background you've used here is really effective, do you mind if I ask what it is – ie have you got a particular backdrop you use for photos?
belleau kitchen says
Thanks Caroline, i've had some lovely comments re my photography recently and for me it's all about lighting. The black table is in my London flat and is simply an IKEA Lack coffee table… the wood backgrounds are in Lincs and are a selection of kitchen tables and wooden trays… both can be a bit hit and miss but it really is just about lighting. The Viking got me one of those fancy lighting umbrellas for Christmas and I love it.
How do you get the photo of looking directly down on the food – do you stand on a chair and lean over? I find my photos are still at a bit of an angle where I am leaning over the food, plus I cast a shadow if I'm not careful – is that where the lighting umbrella helps?
I've actually just booked on a Guardian Masterclass for food writing and photography so hopefully that will help – it's only a 3 hour evening session and I am very tempted by an 8-week food stylist course at Leith's cookery school, but it's hundreds of pounds!
belleau kitchen says
as it happens I spent years standing on chairs until I realised that if I used a coffee table I wouldn't have to!… the umbrella is directly over the plate and i've just squeezed the camera in… the umbrella has a filter sheet over it so shadows are not so sharp… this is the kit The Viking got for me which I love and has a great dvd with it…http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1250W-Studio-Continuous-Light-Lighting-Kit-50x70cm-Softbox-Soft-Box-Kit-UK-/261329433617?_trksid=p2054897.l4276
Marmaduke Scarlet says
Great minds think alike – I just cooked a celeriac soup today – although sadly it doesn't look anywhere near as vibrant and appetising as yours. Love the photo too – like Caroline, I think the starkness of the black background and white china really brings out the actual food. Lovely.
Marmaduke Scarlet says
Actually I was also going to say that the photo looks beautifully calming; a bit “zen” . . . then I thought oh bloody hell Rache, just how pretentious can you be? Turns out, quite a lot. It is a beautiful photo though! 🙂
Magnolia Verandah says
Yes the photography is excellent – looking very professional and somewhat Japanese. I could eat this soup right off the page.
From Beyond My Kitchen Window says
I have to agree with the other comments and say the photo is pristine. Lemon thyme is one of my favorite herbs. I always grow a ton of it every summer. I bet in adds just the right flavor to this healthy soup.
Haha, the scone it has to be as there is now a major shortage of chocolate – might have to get my subject organised to do a bit of raiding by sea.
Love soup and this one sounds delicious just what is needed to warm us up in this very blustery weather. Your bread looks delicious too. And a fancy pants umbrella? No wonder your photography is so stunning.
As others have said, that is an especially fantastic-looking bowl of soup. I have just made some celeriac soda bread and trying to decide what soup to go with it. Now wish I'd used the celeriac for this instead!
Mark Willis says
Celeriac is one of my all-time favourite vegetables now, so that soup would certainly hit the spot for me! When I'm prepping Celeriac I can't resist nibbling it, raw.
Jacqueline Meldrum says
Love that soup Dom What an excellent combination of flavours. Thanks for submitting it to NCR. The roundup is now live, i a bit late.
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