I have an ill husband - and despite my teasing, it's definitely not man-flu! He has a 48-hour feverish thing going on; he had it once before, and it will most likely be gone by tomorrow, but I suspect he's in for an uncomfortable night (I am debating whether the ill or the well partner should move to the spare room in situations such as these...). Anyway, he says he's not hungry and is feeling a bit queasy, but I couldn't very well not feed him at all, so I've just made what I hope is a cheerful soup.
It's cheered me up anyway as I have saved myself from feeling too daft for having accidentally bought another bag of carrots this afternoon, completely forgetting that I already had a bag in the fridge (a hazard, I have discovered, of having a gigantic fridge!). And I've also used up 2 half-empty things that were lurking in the back of the aforementioned gigantic fridge.
The colour's pretty darn cheery too!
Full of vitamins, soothingly smooth and rich, with a slight kick of chilli heat. Perfect (I hope) for anyone in need of a little restorative sustenance. I'll be enjoying it too.
'Thai' Carrot Soup
Chop 3 large carrots into rough chunks and simmer until tender in a pan of chicken stock (about 500ml I guess). Stir in a heaped tablespoon of Tom Yum Paste (or however much you can scrape out of the jar), and about 100ml of coconut cream (made up with half a packet of coconut cream powder).
Blend until smooth, taste and season as desired. Mine was extra thick (it also had several chunks of chicken meat in it from the homemade stock), so I thinned it with a little extra water. I'm sure some chopped coriander on top wouldn't go amiss, as well as complementing the vibrant orange colour.