Colorful Resolutions & Curried Carrot Soup

crayonsForget January, we should be making our new year’s resolutions now. It doesn’t matter if it’s been decades since you last saw a classroom. Back-to-school has always signaled a new beginning. Hear that sound? It’s not just the rumble of the school bus; it is the sound of new opportunities.

Like a big, new box of crayons, September holds the promise of a fresh start. Pacific Blue, Unmellow Yellow or Radical Red, what colors speak to you and your goals? Crayola’s brilliant array of 120 colors provides lots of inspiration. Take your pick and choose the crayons that best represent your September resolutions. Here are a few suggestions:

Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown – are you finally ready to promise yourself more downtime? And actually deliver on that promise?

Razzle Dazzle Rose, Cornflower and Lavender – take advantage of some of that downtime to stop and smell the flowers.

Outrageous Orange – or have you gotten rather staid in the past few years? Sounds like you need to give yourself permission to let loose from time to time.

Purple Pizzazz – okay, maybe outrageous is not your style. How about a little dash and dazzle?

Mango Tango – could be the answer if it’s been too long since you tried something new and exotic. Have you considered learning some new dance steps?

Outer Space – there’s nothing wrong with reaching for the stars or heading out into the …

Wild Blue Yonder – for a bold, new adventure.

Sea Green and Purple Mountains Majesty – wherever your travels take you, be sure to take a moment to marvel at your glorious surroundings

Neon Carrot – could there be a message here? Something like … eat your vegetables.

Sunglow – I’ll take this one to suggest that we all spend more time out in the sunshine.

Tickle Me Pink – foul mood or flu, regardless of what ails you, laughter is always good medicine.

Gold, Silver and Copper – just in case you need some help with your finances.

Shamrock – because we all need a little luck from time to time. Just remember that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Decisions, decisions, what colors will motivate you this fall? With a fabulous rainbow to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect inspiration.

Color me happy and bon appétit!

Curried Carrot Soupcarrot_soup_05
Not quite neon, this soup is bright and flavorful. Enjoy!
Makes about 3 quarts

1 large onion, chopped
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
Olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoon curry powder or to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock or broth
2 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lime
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cilantro Pistou (recipe follows)

Heat a little olive oil in a heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and ginger, season with curry powder, salt and pepper and sauté until the onion is translucent. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Add the carrots, toss to combine and, stirring frequently, continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, raise the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove the soup from the heat and cool for 15 minutes.

Puree the soup in batches in a blender with the coconut milk until very smooth. Cool the soup to room temperature, stir in the lime zest and juice cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to let all the flavors combine.

Serve the soup cold or reheat over low heat until steaming. Ladle the soup into bowls or mugs, sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Cilantro Pistou
1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
1-2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1/2 lime
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

Put the cilantro, garlic and lime juice in a small food processor, season with salt and pepper and pulse to chop and combine. With the motor running, slowly add olive oil until you have a thick, deep green sauce.

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Do you have any colorful resolutions for the fall? Feel free to share.

Want more? I’ve got links to lots more to read, see & cook. © Susan W. Nye, 2016

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