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December 12, 2012
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Recipe of The Week


Vegetable Soup With Spiced Crème Fraiche



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Ingredients (serves 4)

2 large carrots (peeled & diced)

1 onion (peeled & diced)

1 fennel bulb (trimmed & diced)

1 green pepper (trimmed, deseeded, & diced)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

1/2 bunch of thyme

1 bay leaf

4 red potatoes (diced)

1 c diced butternut squash

1 c diced celery

2 tbsp tomato paste

3 c vegetable stock

2 c water

1/2 lemon juiced, and zested

1/4 c crème fraiche

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp paprika

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 pinch of cinnamon

3 tbsp canola oil

salt and black pepper to taste

Method

Begin by heating two tbsp of canola oil over medium high heat in a large, deep soup pot. Add the celery, onion, garlic, green pepper, fennel, and carrots. Allow the vegetables to sweat for five minutes, while stirring often.

Add vegetable stock and the water. Allow everything to come to a boil while watching it and stirring often. Reduce the soup to a simmer and add the tomato paste, the herbs, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Remember to taste the soup throughout the cooking process.

Allow the soup to simmer with a lid on for 90 minutes. After 60 minutes add the potatoes and butternut squash to the soup and allow them to cook for the rest of the time.

Whip up the spiced crème fraiche. To begin, take a small sauté pan and heat it over medium heat. Add one tbsp canola oil and allow it to become hot. Add the spices.

Let the spices heat up, or bloom in the oil to release some of their flavor. This is a fairly quick process over medium heat. The result should have the consistency of a paste. Allow the paste to cool. Whisk it into your crème fraiche with the lemon juice and zest. When the soup is done and ready to serve add a nice spoonful to give the dish a nice, cool kick.

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