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Carrot Soup – A favorite breakfast standby….

November 4, 2012

Carrot soup garnished with a boiled egg & bacon

I am always the source of great amusement at my day job, culinary wise.

While most of my colleagues, run down to the first floor cafe for their ham sandwich & diet coke lunch, I always bring my meal from home. (Who wants to afford that?!) And as I regularly start work at 6.45am, I often bring breakfast with me as well.

What amuses them is that I EAT VEGETABLES for breakfast!! Mainly a green juice or smoothie, sometimes I have some soup with a boiled egg. Sometimes I have a few vege crackers & a boiled egg. I usually have a batch of soup in the freezer, it is easy to freeze in portions just for the very purpose of taking to work, or when I can’t be bothered cooking – yes, it sometimes happens!

This dairy free soup is enriched with a spoonful of tahini. You will be amazed what a difference to the texture, a spoon of tahini will make. It does have a strong taste, and can be over powering, so start with a little and if you like it add some more.

Full of protein & calcium & healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, it is interesting to note that tahini made from raw sesame seeds is lower in fat than tahini made from roasted seeds.

Carrot & Tahini Soup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 teas coriander seeds
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
500g carrots, roughly chopped
½  – 1 apple
700g water
1 tab vege stock
2 sprigs fresh thyme
50g tahini
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric or a small knob fresh
Toast coriander seeds on Varoma temp for 3 minutes and the mill for 10 seconds.
Add onion, apple, turmeric  & carrot & garlic and chop on SP 5, 3 seconds. Add oil & thyme and saute for 3 minutes on 100⁰C, SP 1. Add water & stock paste and simmer on 100⁰C, SP 3 for 20 minutes with the MC off.
Add tahini and blitz for 30 seconds on SP 9. Check for seasoning and serve.

Boiled eggs in my fridge

With a house full of boys (becoming men), it is increasingly more & more difficult to fill them up. I no longer have the snacks on hand that used to fill my pantry – rice crackers or sweet biscuits. And a bowl of fruit lasts a day – buying fruit & vegetables is a full-time job in my house! I have noticed that a boiled egg or two, is a true appetite quasher, I always have boiled eggs on hand with smiley faces on them to distinguish boiled from raw. My husband regularly takes them to work for his lunch. If he is lucky, he will get boobs drawn on his!!

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