Some of the simplest things in life are the greatest. Many of the things that I take for granted every day have the potential to bring me great joy and freedom if I can remain aware and awake to them. Lately it is the color of the seattle sky in the early morning and late evening. The smell of earth turning over into new-sprung spring. The feeling that comes with making a new friend and sharing stories. Some days are meant to be kept simple and clean. Today is just one of those days. It’s been a week of challenges, really BIG challenges that have the potential to be gifts if I just let them and lean into them.
In the exhaustion of that very simple challenge, I have but little energy to create this simple yet nourishing soup. Good for the soul, good for the blood. Good for the worn out spiritual warrior.
A Simple Carrot Soup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or extra-virgin coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
scant 1 tablespoon red curry paste, or to taste
2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped – 1/2-inch chunks
1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
1 1/2 cups / 360 ml of water, or to cover
1 lemon or lime
to serve (topping ideas): micro greens / cilantro, chopped, toasted almonds , chile oil, coconut flakes, pepitas, basil….
In a large soup pan over medium-high heat add the butter and onion. Stir until the onions are well-coated, and allow to sauté until translucent, a few minutes. Stir in the curry paste, and then the carrots. Allow to cook another minute or two, and then add the coconut milk, salt, and water, adding more water to cover if needed. Allow to simmer until the carrots are tender, 10 – 15 minutes, and then purée using a blender or hand blender until the soup is completely silky smooth. This next part is important (with any soup) – make any needed adjustments. Add more water if the consistency needs to be thinned out a bit. After that taste for salt, adding more if needed. I also like to season this soup with a great big squeeze or lemon or lime juice. Serve topped with whatever you have on hand – I like it with a little something crunchy (almonds), and a lot of something green (micro greens & cilantro) and raw coconut flakes.
Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 10 min
Simply divine. Soul comfort. Simple pleasure. Right now, I personally need to keep it very simple. And keep doing the work, and holding faith so truth will reveal itself. I have seen the following quote exactly 22 times in the past 15 days. I am now compelled to pay attention. 22 is my number. Take it or leave it. I believe it holds truth.
“I can resist everything….. except temptation” – Oscar Wilde