January can be such a bummer sometimes don’t you think? Not early January when everyone is jazzed up from the excitement of the New Year, but later toward the end of the month, when it seems to drag on for just a bit too long. It’s still grey outside, still cold. Some might be deep in the trenches of a new years resolution that isn’t so exciting anymore, others might be battling an ongoing cold. Spirit-lifters seem crucial during this time of year, and for me, this soup did just the trick.
As silly as it may sound, I had a hard time restraining myself from smiling down at my bowl of soup this afternoon. And with the bitter cold leaving the tips of my fingers perpetually icy – even indoors, I was instantly comforted by its warmth. The sweetness of the sweet potato and carrot, the tartness of the bramley apple and the bite of ginger both soothed and refreshed me. And until we start to truly see signs of spring, I think I’ll look forward to this little bit of sunshine each week as I add it into rotation.
(or Carrot, Sweet Potato, Apple & Ginger Soup- but that’s just not as fun to say)
2 shallots, peeled and finely diced
1 -2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ size chunks
3-4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ size rounds
2 large bramley apples, peeled and cut into 1/2″ size chunks
1/2 thumb ginger, grated or diced
4 cups water, vegetable or chicken stock
In a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot add 1-2 tbsp oil and bring to a medium high heat. Add in your shallots and ginger and cook until translucent and fragrant, approx 4-5 minutes.
From here it gets super simple. Add in the sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, then give your ingredients a good few stirs to combine and coat with the oil and aromatics. Cover and let cook for approx 5 minutes, or until the apples start to break down every so slightly- they shouldn’t take very long. You should already begin to smell the sweetness of the carrot and sweet potato.
Add your water or stock to the pot, turn the heat down to a low/medium, and simmer away until everything is soft. Then blitz in the blender, smile and serve. You can always finish with a little pad of butter or splash of cream/milk for extra silkiness.