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Ahahaha. I realized that there are way too many words in the title, but dammit, it's Carrot soup with ginger and curry and coconut. And skrimps. Most cream of carrot soup recipes have OJ in them (whyyyyy?) or way too much onion, or some other thing that I can taste over the deliciousness that I WANT to taste. So I made this up last night. It turned out so good! Recipe and a PICTURE (I'm fancy) under the cut.

Curried Carrot Ginger Soup with Coconut Skrimps

3 shallots, thinly sliced (so much better than onions, which I've always used up to this point)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp canola oil
1 generous TBSP of fresh ginger (peeled, grated/microplaned)
2 generous TBSP of curry powder (this is what I love love love, but heads up: it's hot. Check the level of hot before you go to town)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
10 large carrots, peeled, grated (about 1.5 pounds before you peel and grate)
1 1/2 C stock, chicken or veggie
1 can of LOW FAT coconut milk (the kind I use has 4.5 g of fat per serving, much better for you, but all the flavor or reg. coconut milk. Look for NU'O'C COT DU'A on the front)
pinch of salt

Skrimps, aka shrimp

1 C peeled, deveined raw shrimp
1 tsp olive oil
2 heaping TBSP coconut flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (can lighten up here if your mouth is a sissy. Har.)
pinches of salt and pepper


Heat the oil in a large soup pot, add the garlic and curry powder, stir and let it get fragrant. Add the shallots and saute until they soften. Add the ginger, turmeric and cumin, stir to combine flavors, about 30 seconds. Add the carrots, blending in well, then cover with the stock and coconut milk, stir, bring to a simmer, and let it simmer on low for about 30 minutes to let the flavors develop. Tell your kids five times that no, you're not making pasta and no you're not ordering pizza. Breathe in the delicious smell coming from your stove to chill back out.

After it's cooked for a good 20 minutes and everything is soft, whip out your submersion blender and process everything creamy smooth. (Or ladle the soup into a blender and pulse to smooth, leaving a bit of a vent with the lid so it doesn't go boom.) Put it back in the pot and let simmer the remaining 10 minutes.



Preheat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment. In a small bowl, combine everything but the shrimp, then add the shrimp, tossing well to coat. Keep children from trying to eat coconut out of bag. Spread the shrimp on the baking sheet and pop in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the shrimp begin to turn pink. Hit the broiler on high, and let the coconut toast for about 30 seconds to one minute - keep your eye on it, even if it means a wet dog is walking across the carpet with dirty paws.

Ladle the soup into bowls, top with a few of the shrimp, and try to not roll your eyes when your kids devour this saying things like, "Wow, it is good!" with shock and surprise in their voices.

This would be so cute in shot glasses with one or two shrimp as a garnish for an appetizer at a dinner party. Love it. Maybe next time I'll add a few sprinkles of chives or somesuch to the top for a splash of green, because I have issues.


In other news, a friend posted this clip on his FB yesterday and I forgot how much I loved Strangers With Candy. I'm ashamed of myself, too. How could I forget the awesome? So if I may borrow from him these words... "In these times of political rancor, let's have a frank discussion about racism." Thank you, Principal Blackman and Percy Kittens. Lol.

In other other news, I've started P90X over again to motivate my friend, Brainpool. It feels pretty bad ass to be able to keep up with the folks on the video and remember how I couldn't do hardly half of the workout. *flexes* And THAT is why I have no qualms about eating soup with coconut milk in it. :D (Well, and I use the healthy milk, but still. Heh.)


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Sep. 23rd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! :((((((( OH, I'm so sorry to hear about your pussy-ass throat not being able to handle the awesome!!!! LOL.

You know, with the curry in it, you could get away without the ginger. There's enough flavor there to make up for it.
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Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I AM SAD FOR YOU. Like, puppies with casts on their legs sad.

Ooooh. Double check whatever curry you buy (curry is like chile: a bunch of stuff ground up together.) Some curries have ginger in it, so DOUBLE CHECK.

We freaking live off curry in my house. It's so so good and there are so many kinds!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Gawd. You have just made me a happy soup-maker once again. I lurrrrv ginger plus carrot plus num, and have not really cared for any of the recipes I've tried to date. I'm v. thrilled to try this soon, esp. since it's 50 freaking degrees out. WTF, weather? I will, however, be omitting the skrimps (vegetarian and allergic to seafood anyhow).
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
I've had LOADS of different cream of carrot soups, and the ones with a more southern Indian/Asian flavor are always my fave.

No skrimps?! WOE. ;) But yes, allergies are not good. We had some toast with this, and even without the shrimp, it would be a filling (and satisfying) meal on its own.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Gimme Indian or Thai anyday, and I'm a happy girl. :) Mmmmm... Some lightly garlic-ed crostini would be divine.

When I was three, I almost died eating a shrimp. True (very short) story.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I had a boyfriend growing up that was from the Bayou (he was a Cajun) and they had fish frys every weekend with the family, esp. during crawfish/shrimping season. he got Iodine poisoning from eating too many shrimp one time and wasn't able to be around it, let alone eat it. Fish allergies can be crazy scary!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
My mom taught school and had to *leave the building* when they had tuna for lunch.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
All right, the recipe sounds delicious. I also like the sweetness of shallot better than onion for many recipes. Leeks are also underused, but often a better, milder choice. Leeks with nutmeg are delicious. *G*

Like the shrimp addition, too. I'll bet they taste wonderful. Lucky you.

Can one do P90X without a pull-up bar? Besides free weights, would any other equipment be necessary?
Sep. 23rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, leeks and nutmeg. Totally agree with you, there. We've been on a bok choy kick lately, and I'm going to saute some tonight with garlic,lemon, and maybe a touch of nutmeg. YUM.

You can do P90X without a pull up bar. They sell stretchy bands that you can use in a modified manner to simulate a pull up bar quite easily. The Mister takes those with him when he travels instead of free weights and chip-up bar.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Dear Lord, that soup looks great! I just ran out of carrots this afternoon *makes grocery list*

I just checked "Strangers" out of the library a couple weeks ago. I hadn't laughed and cringed and laughed so much in forever.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
You must get carrots! An autumn without carrots is like a hooker without spandex!

Oh man, I love Strangers With Candy so much. I have all three seasons on DVD - it's one of the only times I've ever enjoyed Winona Ryder, too.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Completely OT
But have you seen this Polygamy Tours: A Guided Tour of Colorado City? It costs about $70/person and is supposed to give you a day in the life of an FLDSer.
Sep. 28th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Completely OT
Oh my god, what the hell!?!? Those poor folks are so broke from their obligatory tithe... Thanks for the link!
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Not only is this nutritious and ACTUALLY HEALTHY for you, it fits my heretofore ignored doctor-prescribed "low-carb" diet (low-carb to the Doc actually means no-starches-or-fruits but all the veggies I want, but I'll eat fruit anyway because it's good for me and I feel better if I do, so NUTS TO HIM). Which is good, because when I look for low-carb recipes they're usually all "SO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN REPLACE THAT SUGAR WITH, IS LARD AND SALT." No lie, I've seen several websites/cookbooks advocate watered down half-and-half/heavy cream instead of milk and cinnamon pork rinds instead of breakfast cereal. WTF. /rant

And is that really all it takes to make coconut shrimp?! I haven't had decent coconut shrimp in years because my favorite place went bankrupt (they served it with a cayenne pineapple salsa dip), and we've been trying to find a good Thai place near us ever since. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT I AM ALL OVER THIS RECIPE LIKE CHEESE ON APPLE PIE.

I should probably watch Strangers with Candy. *adds to Blockbuster queue* And use all this P90X stuff I've bought and haven't touched yet (besides putzing around with the resistance bands I got separately). You've inspired me to finally start up this weekend, but I'm not happy about breaking my routine of pajamas and laziness, missy.
Sep. 28th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Well, that's how I made the coconut shrimp, so it's not like you'd get in a restaurant with breading, etc. Which is probably better for you, lol.
Oct. 8th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I am currently in the process of making this recipe. I've had a window open to this page ever since you posted it waiting to make it.

Soup is simmering now. Smells delicious.
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope you enjoyed it! We really liked it here.
Oct. 9th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
It was fabulous!
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Oct. 19th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
There's a saying here that something has "everything but the kitchen sink" in it. So I had lots of words in the title, meaning, it needed the kitchen sink in it, too.

Jokes are funnier when you break them down... :D
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