Carrot, Lentil and Coriander Soup

Hello Dear Reader,

Last Sunday, I went up to Coles to buy just 4 carrots for my Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon, I walked up to my local Coles, took one of my trusty mesh bags and went to buy what I needed. What I found was unexpected and also a bit of a quandary. There, for the taking was a huge 2 kg bag of "Juicing Carrots" reduced to $1.75. Do I buy the big bag of carrots, which of course are so much better value for money or do I do the right thing, by my anti-plastic bag activism and pop just 4 carrots in my mesh bag? I actually walked away from the big bag and put 4 medium sized carrots in my well used mesh produce bag and then...I turned around and said to myself...I will not pay more for less! Sometimes the budget wins! That plastic produce bag has already been returned for (hopefully) recycling by Coles and the Redcycle Company.

So, that is how I ended up with a 2 kg bag of lovely sweet carrots. I thought about making this lovely Carrot and Coriander Soup but I had a hankering for something with a bit of heat, and as my slow cooker was already busy with this, I googled a carrot soup recipe for my Thermomix. I did find one, but as usual I tinkered with it to suit my tastes and here is what I came up with. I also doubled the recipe but cooked two seperate quantities of soup, as the double quantity would have been too much for the Thermomix bowl. You could easily halve this recipe.

Ingredients for Carrot, Lentil and Coriander Soup, clockwise from top right-
1.2 litres of Chicken Stock (I use Massel stock cubes) 2 good sized knobs of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped, a good handful of coriander (I grown Sawtooth Coriander) 8 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped, 1 can coconut milk, 100 grams red lentils, 1 teaspoon (or more to taste) dried chilli flakes

In the bowl of the TM, add the ginger and red lentils and blitz for 30 seconds on speed 9

Now add the chopped carrots and blitz for 5 seconds on speed 7

Remove half the carrot, lentil and ginger mixture 

Add 1/2 the chicken stock and 1/2 the can of coconut milk, cook for 20 minutes at 100 C on speed 1

Add the roughly chopped coriander and blitz for 1 minute slowly increasing the speed to 10 

Or until smooth and silky. Remove soup to a large bowl or saucepan and cook the reserved other half quantity 

This soup is sweet and spicy and is quite thick and hearty

Over to you, what wins when you shop, price or the environment?

Have a lovely day?

One Year Ago-Bee Gees Way

1 comment

  1. Hi Fiona,
    I've had the same dilemma this week. On Tuesday night Coles had 1kg pre-packed apples reduced to 67c. They were in perfect condition and the loose apples were $4 to $6 per kilo. Some beautiful cocktail sized truss tomatoes were reduced to 43c for 250g. My decision was based on making the shopping money go further so I bought the reduced items and will recycle the wrappers through Coles as you did.
    Sometimes items are on 'special' and are priced so well that we buy more than we normally would rather than pay full price when we run out. The fruit & vegetable store that we shop at had Hass avocados for 59c. They were top quality and I usually pay $2 to $3 for one. Sometimes we have to spend a bit extra to save money later so I bought 10 green avocados.
    Shopping is difficult at times because we have to base our decisions on so many factors:
    -local, from interstate or overseas
    -loose or pre-packed
    -organic or not
    -country of origin (eg fish)
    -organic, free-range, or barn laid
    -grass fed or grain fed
    -not tested on animals

    It would be so much easier to always make the choice based on our individual ethics and concern for the environment. For many families, having to shop with a set budget means that we cannot always make the choice that we would really like to.
    Cheers,Maria from Adelaide SA.


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