Tuesday, April 3, 2012


A-Z Soup
Carrots are the second most popular vegetable after potatoes. They provide huge amounts of vitamin A and fibre as well as other vitamins and minerals.

Carrots come in different colours.  In the16th century, Dutch carrot growers invented the orange carrot in honour of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family. They cross- bred pale yellow carrots with red carrots.

Newly orange, carrots traveled to England with Dutch travelers during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Bugs Bunny loved them and so should you. Eating carrots will encourage healthy skin, hair, bones, eyesight and will also cleanse the body.

Carrots are wonderful vegetables, how about making a nice cream of carrot soup of them?

Cream of Carrot Soup                                    serves 6-8


2 Tablespoons butter
¼ Cup chopped onion

2 Cups chopped carrots
2 Tablespoons white wine

3 Cups of chicken stock or broth
1 Teaspoon salt
1/8 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon pepper

1 Cup of heavy cream


  • Heat butter in a saucepan until melted

  • Add onion and cook until tender

  • Put in the carrots and wine and heat to boiling

  • Lower the heat, cover the saucepan and simmer about 10 minutes

  • Add remaining ingredients except the cream
  • Bring to boiling, then simmer, covered until carrots are tender soft, about 20 -30 minutes

  • Put half the carrot mixture into blender and blend until smooth

  • Strain into bowl and blend the remaining carrots likewise

  • Reheat the smooth carrot mixture until hot

  • Beat the whipping cream until stiff

  • Stir into the soup and serve

Soup is among the earliest cookery achievements of humans. Thank goodness.

I hope you will try this cream of carrot soup to see if you carrot all for it.


Susan Roebuck said...

Love carrot soup - but never thought about the white wine, nor nutmeg. Yum! I remember my mother saying your skin went orange if you ate too many carrots...

Manzanita said...

Oh Anthony, carrot soup. I love your recipes because I always agree with all your ingredients, too. Always nutritious.

Nate Wilson said...

I knew carrots had been bred to be orange, but I'd never known why. A delicious recipe and a history lesson? Doubly fantastic.

Torviewtoronto said...

healthy flavourful looking soup
perfect for this weather

anthony stemke said...

SUSAN ROEBUCK: Your mama was right (of course) but you would really have to load up on carrots before you would turn orange.
Please try this version, I believe you will truly enjoy it.

MANZANITA: Hi,You say such nice gracious things, Thank You so much.

TORVIEWTORONTO: Thank You,we love this soup, and always have carrots in the icebox.

Jessica L. Foster said...

I've never thought to make carrot soup. That's a cool idea. And it's neat to learn about how carrots used to be all different colors! Thanks for posting.

My Journey With Candida said...

I love Cream Of Carrot Soup... minus the wine but just because it is not in my diet.

I brought some fresh nutmeg back with me the last time we went to the Carribean and this would be great to use it on.

Anonymous said...

Try using cardamom instead of nutmeg. You'll find, I think, that the result is a bit more uplifting or Springy because cardamom has citrus overtones. Just an idea. You would have to destroy the capsules they reside in and mash them to free the flavors.
Happy spring from Karlsruhe

anthony stemke said...

NATE WILSON: Thank You for your kind words.

JESSICA L FOSTER: I love carrots a lot. I've been known to grate some into kasha varnishkes even.

MY JOURNEY WITH CANDIDA: I have a lot of nutmeg in my cupboard. It is a 16 oz container and I probably have 15 oz remaining.
I would love to visit the Caribbean, the water is so clear there.

HEATNEAT: Hi Alex, perhaps I'll try using cardamom next time. We make this a lot and I've used allspice but not yet cardamom. My Indian friends tell me that they throw the sacs into their cooking and they dissolve, but I also have powdered cardamom in bottles, use it in Scandanavian cooking and pfefferneuse cookies.
Take care and enjoy Spring.

Al Penwasser said...

I love carrots, but am unsure how to make them cream.
Maybe show them naked pictures of other ground tubers?
Ewww, I just skeeved MYSELF out.

ladydragonfly said...

Oh yummy! I love carrots and just never thought of soup. Will have to try for sure. Thanks for the recipe.

Susan Oloier said...

Anthony! Another soup! You're the best! I am making this later in the week. I have everything except the heavy cream. I'm buying it tomorrow.

Haddock said...

For me, Carrots and Bugs Bunny goes hand in hand :-)

Pegasuslegend said...

What a perfect first starter for EASTER especially for the Bunny :) the kids would love this one!

Pat Hatt said...

I eat carrots at my bay, but have never tried them in soup.

Kalyani said...

carrot soup looks healthy and delicious ...

Joanne said...

Looks really good. You are doing so well on this a to z!
Blessings, Joanne

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Never added nutmeg to carrot soup...A healthy and heartwarming soup

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Anthony, keep up the good work with your A-Z!

This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

Duncan In Kuantan

Lynn Proctor said...

sounds and looks wonderful!!

Lynda R Young said...

Ha! I didn't know the history of carrot colours. Fascinating!

anthony stemke said...

AL PENWASSER: Now cut that out. cm

LADY DRAGONFLY: You will love this soup. Thanks for visiting.

SUSAN OLOIER: Thanks for your compliment. I wonder if Zane would like it; please tell him we wish him the best.

HADDOCK: Join Bugs and enjoy some. cm

PEGASUSLEGEND: You're right, thanks. I can't wait to try your coconut spiced chicken recipe.

PAT HATT: When I worked in an office I sometimes took raw carrots and celery to nosh on.

anthony stemke said...

KALYANI: Thank You, it is that.

JOANNE: I appreciate your sweet compliment, Thank You.

KAVERI VENKATESH: A little goes a long way.Thanks for visiting.

DUNCAN D HORNE: Thank You Duncan, your A-Z alphabetical sentences are terrific.
My best to you and your family.

LYNN PROCTOR: Yes it is a lovely soup. Thanks for calling.

LYNDA R YOUNG: Your wedding picture is beautiful, glad you liked the carrot info.

Kanan Patel said...

nutmeg in carrot soup!! interesting. love to give it a try

rch said...

Hi, love your theme and will have to try some of your recipes, my C was also about soup, take care.

anthony stemke said...

KANAN PATEL: Please do, and Thanks for visiting.

RCH: Thanks for the compliment.

the Junkie book said...

Wow now I know why my carrots are orange...wowow

White wine added, yet another delish...am going totally soupy!

anthony stemke said...

THE JUNKIE BOOK: This is a soup to thrill your taste buds. Thanks for calling.

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