If you’ve been yearning for spring foods and fresh flavours, but the weather’s still wintery (like here!), how about a light but warm and spicy soup? Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top, and then add some crispy tofu croutons to make this recipe even tastier!
Creamy Carrot Soup
Chop up 1 onion and sauté in a little olive oil. Add 3 cloves of crushed garlic, 3 carrots and 1 parsnip, also chopped. Season with salt and black pepper, 1/2 tsp ground coriander and 1/2 tsp ground ginger. Turn the heat down and put a lid on your pan. Leave to sweat for 10 minutes. Now add 250ml (1 cup) water, 75ml (1/3 cup) sweet sherry and 160ml (2/3 cup) coconut milk. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Puree with a hand blender and serve sprinkled with a little freshly ground nutmeg and some tofu croutons.
Chop up half a block of firm tofu (about 100g/4oz) into very small squares – the size is entirely up to you and makes no difference at all. In a small dish mix 2 tsps cornflour with plenty of salt and black pepper, 1 tsp garlic granules, and 1-2 tsps of any herbs or spices you fancy. Coriander and ginger go well with this soup, dried Italian herbs go well with other soups… whatever! Coat the tofu with the cornflour/spice mixture. Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry the croutons until they are nice and brown and start crisping up.
Serve warm with the soup. Great for snacking too!