Thursday, 31 January 2013

Roasted Curry Vegetable Soup

It has been bone chillingly cold here.  Even with the furnace blasting away, I am cold.  Like shivering cold.  I know I am suffering more than most because of a mismanaged thyroid disease but holy moly it would be nice to feel my toes again!!

Not only am I craving warming spices, like cumin, cinnamon and cayenne but I want to have them wafting through the house all day, warming me along with a great piece of meat slow roasting in the oven all day long.....(more an excuse to have the oven on)

The combination of me being sick prior to and then going away for the holidays , left us returning to a kitchen full of potatoes starting to get eyes, some limp cauliflower, saggy carrots, soft onions and floppy broccoli. Instead of any of them getting thrown away I roasted up the lot.

A pot roast one night was served with roasted potatoes and carrots.  The veg leftovers from that meal were thrown into a pot the next day along with another batch of roasted veg, this time a head of cauliflower, a couple of onions and a bulb worth of garlic. Simmered in just enough homemade chicken stock to cover, blended with an immersion (hand/stick) blender and finished with a little salt and pepper

Roasted Vegetables
preheat oven 400

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
3 yellow onions, peeled and cut into 1/4 or 1/6 wedges
4 yellow flesh (Yukon Gold) or Russet potatoes, cut into wedges
4-6 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
2 tbsps Cumin

1 head of garlic, the top cut off, drizzled with oil and wrapped tightly in tin foil, set aside

Toss all the vegetables in a light coating of olive oil, salt and pepper and the cumin. Arrange in a single layer in a roasting pan. Add your wrapped up garlic to the corner of the pan

Let roast for 30-40 minutes or until a sharp knife slides easily into all the vegetables.

The vegetables are wonderful just like this, paired with roast chicken or beef or you can make soup (or both like I did). I have always thought that you crave certain things for a reason.  Good or bad reasons but there is a strong scientific argument that you crave what you need (or what you really don't) I have been craving warm spices so I started to read up on cumin. There are also some wonderful benefits to cumin, which might explain why I have been craving it....(for those of you that read the link, please don't assume I am craving it because I have a flatulence issue......I know that is the funnier choice and it's what I would do....but I'm a jerk....)

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