Happy November, everyone! I have a little recipe for you today to ring in the beginning of the colder months in the Northern Hemisphere, or perhaps those of you here in the Southern half of the planet who are in need of some comfort food during cold & flu season.
As you may remember from last week, I was pretty under the weather! It was tough being sick, not to mention the fact that Adam was away for business, so taking care of Thomas was a 24/7 responsibility. When I am sick, I’m desperate for my comfort foods. Send those warm carbohydrates my way, please and thank you. I definitely became a bit of a soup monster, as I needed some form of vegetables, but salads weren’t overly appetizing. My favourite was a homemade sweet potato and carrot ginger soup that I made out of a handful of ingredients that I had on hand.
I just threw everything into my slow cooker for the day and ended up with a giant bowl warm deliciousness. Since the weather is getting warmer by the second here in Australia, I don’t think I’ll be doing too much soup making for awhile after this, but it was certainly the perfect way to ease through my last few days battling this flu. I’m sure you could do a much quicker version via stove top, but being here by myself feeling miserable, I wanted to make the process as simple as humanly possible.
You may like to use an immersion/handheld blender in step #3, which I suggest if you prefer a smoother, pureed soup. The blade on my immersion blender somehow went missing in our cross-Pacific move last year, but it was nothing a little elbow grease and a potato masher couldn’t handle. I actually prefer my soups to be slightly more textured anyway; to each his own.
In other brief news, yesterday was Halloween, and although I have enjoyed many October 31st celebrations over the course of childhood and adult life, things aren’t as festive in the land down under. I did join my friend Allie and her little girl at the park to take in some Halloween festivities with the kids; I couldn’t go without acknowledging Thomas’s first Halloween! He sported a simple Jack-o-Lantern romper, as it was a little warm for anything too elaborate.
Maybe next year we’ll get a little more creative, but he didn’t seem to mind in this 25 degree celsius heat. Hopefully you’ve all had wonderful week to wrap up yet another month! Our neighbours were doing cannon balls into their pool this evening while blaring Christmas carols, so apparently the countdown is on for some folks. I’m still finding this whole hot-weather-holiday thing a little bizarre, but I definitely can’t complain about the warm temperatures (just yet, anyway). Have a great weekend!
Are you a year-round soup eater? Or are you like me and prefer it during the cooler weather and when you are sick?
Is it just me, or does it seem a little too early for Christmas/Holiday music and decorations?