Sometimes, the simpler the better. Actually, most times, simpler is better.
This is why one of my favorite sayings actually quoted on my profile page on the blog, states that
“Only simplicity can afford perfection.”
That is certainly true with this Carrot & Ginger soup recipe. Perfectly simple, perfectly balanced, perfectly delicious.
It is the kind of soup that warms the belly and the soul. Every spoonful makes you want another.
As I was preparing this soup recipe, I went back in my memories in #TBT mode, to a lovely fall evening spent at my aunt’s with cousins and my darling twin nieces Clara and Elisa, when visiting my family in Germany. The islanders that we are, were freezing, though they assured us that the weather was still quite warm for end of september. Coming in from a beautiful day spent in one of my favorite places in the world, downtown Munich, that warm bowl of soup was certainly a warm welcome.
We had gone touring the city all day, visiting Marienplatz, the beautiful busy central square. We had taken a tour of the always impressive BMW museum, toured the city at large, and returned home tired and cold.
That warm bowl of soup my aunt Catherine had made us was just what we needed to kick that cold thrill out of us, and get back on our two feet with our Caribbean warmth and excitement, looking forward to the next day. Ah! That next day! How anticipative were we. We were going to the Oktoberfest! The real, the official celebration of beer.
It was the first time my husband and I were going, needless to say that I was quite happy that we were going to share this first experience together.
My cousin Charles O, was all excited and took his role quite seriously as our tour guide, as he does with the greatest care and affection every time family visits in Germany. His friend Ludwig, a real fun genuine character, my cousin Christelle in much need of a little fun adult break from her mother duties with the twins, and us, were ready! The three Munichers that they are were wearing their traditional costumes, and off we went.
The day started with a tour of the city with interesting insights on the participating breweries, rules for participation, a little drive by the Lowenbrau brewery, stories of Oktoberfests passed, a couple spins with cousin Leonie on the wheel of death carousel, more stories, a couple Bavarian treats, sausages and Apflestrudels, and then it was time for kids to clear the place, and Oktoberfest to kick off for yet another night for many participants.
Into the tents we go. Loud music, live bands and DJs, laughter and cheers everywhere while beer mugs make their ways to thirsty tables. Watch out for the hostesses carrying 12 glasses at once, no wonder they need their own bodyguards 7 feet tall opening the way … “Bitte! Entschuldigung! Sorry!”… Beer and food is being delivered to the tables in acute precision in acute overcrowdedness.
After a while, everyone fits in, everyone is singing, everyone is friends, everyone is a Municher (at heart). Everyone is singing, some on top of tables, and good humor presides.
What a day! What a fest!
Oktoberfest in Munich is significative of 2 weeks of non-stop parties, beautiful traditions, a celebration of culture, a melted pot of cultures with people travelling from around the world to experience this mega fair-like event under the oversized tents. Close to 6 million visitors, over 7 million liters of beer consumed…
I think the official website of the Oktoberfest sums quite well the kind of fun that happens there with their lost and found summary LOL…
“The Lost and Found office can, as usual, come up with some very surprising finds. Apart from the:
– 600 passports,
– 580 wallets,
– 320 mobile phones,
– 220 bags and rucksacks,
– 18 cameras,
– 230 glasses, and
– 45 pieces of jewelry and watches,
there are also some unusual items, some of them still waiting to be collected by their rightful owner:
– 2 wedding-rings,
– 1 brand new iPhone 6, and
– 4 tickets for the sold out football match between Bayern Munich and Hannover 96.
The top finds of the Oktoberfest 2015 are:
– A dog,
– two dirndl-dresses,
– two pair of leather trousers,
– a “GoPro Kamera”
and a lot more…”
It’s no wonder that after a night of celebration like that (almost “The Hangover” movie like) one would love to go through the fridge and find a nice bowl of Carrot & Ginger soup leftover to calm Bacchus’ nerves the next morning. Yea! That’s the Roman God of Wine and alcohol alike. The guy who smiles when we Cheer! Prost! And everything in between!
So here is my version of Catherine’s Carrot & Ginger soup recipe in reminisce of those wonderful trips, memorable vacations with beautiful people, awesome nights of fun, lost or found items, but most of all, happy memories made for a lifetime.
Ingredients for 4-6
1 lb carrots 1/2 cup hot water for blending 1/2 ginger root (approx. 2 tbsp) 2 cups vegetable broth 2 tbsp butter 1/2 tsp garlic 1 bag orange cinnamon spice tea 2 cups water for the tea 2 tsp fig balsamic glaze 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup crème fraîche Salt and pepper to taste
Wash and peel your carrots, and put them to a boil in a medium/large pot over high heat.
Let them boil for a good 15 to 20 minutes until they are completely soft.
Save the water.
In a blender, place your boiled carrots with 1/2 cup hot water (I use the water they boiled in), ginger root, 2 cups vegetable broth and blend well to purée everything to a nice smooth purée.
In the mean time, pour 2 cups of the set aside hot water into a clean container, and place your bag of orange cinnamon spice tea. Let your tea settle for a few minutes covered. You can throw away the excess water.
In your now empty pot, melt your butter. Add in your garlic, balsamic glaze and mix with a wooden spoon while pouring in your carrot purée.
Stir well, add in your tea to liquefy, a little cinnamon to spice things up.
Mix in your crème fraîche, and add a little salt and pepper to taste.
Serve warm and enjoy.