Oooh, it was very scary in town last night. Lots of ghouls and monsters wandering about asking for candy. And I bet most of them slept well after their quest for the sweet stuff. It was a little bittersweet last night as our kids were off doing their own thing this year. It’s tradition for us to gather at a friend’s house as their neighbourhood is a fabulous place to trick o treat. We went without them to see all the kids having fun. The best costume was a young girl who took a parasol and stringed it with lights to be a jelly fish. You could see her journey through the neighbourhood. A fantastic job.
The husband of the duo where we go likes to dress up as death. He has an old sickle that was the wife’s great grandmother’s. Once there are enough of us to hand out candy he starts slowly walking the driveway dragging the sickle. A bit scary. So it’s fascinating to watch the kids. A good number, even the tiny ones, will loudly declare “You don’t scare me!” Some keep an eye on him as they make their way to the candy. A couple get scared but with the rest of us yelling it’s ok, there’s candy at the end, they make it as well. I don’t think there was one child that gave up candy out of fear. 🙂
Now I’m not one, when this time rolls by, to go pumpkin crazy. Occasionally I make a pumpkin pie but that’s it. Crikey, they put it in everything! People go mad over it. But I do enjoy good harvest soups. The comfort rustic ones that take the chill off the bones. And if they are quick even better!
A couple of weeks ago I made a curried carrot soup for the family as I had to teach class that night. Nothing is easier to make ahead of time and just reheat.
Peel and slice 3-4 carrots depending on their size and thinly slice them. Chop up half a large red onion and coarsely chop 4-5 cloves of garlic. Add about 4 cups of chicken stock.
Bring to a boil and cook until the carrots are tender. Use a blender or an immersion blender to blend all soup.
Don’t worry about getting it perfectly smooth, this is a rustic soup. Put it back on the heat and bring it to a low simmer. Now the seasoning bit is a guideline. I used hot curry powder, curry paste, cumin, sea salt, pepper, and a bit of garam masala. The last bit you don’t want to use a ton. A little goes along way. We really like the curry flavour and the heat so I add a good amount. I also add a spoonful of the mango habanero sauce I made recently. This is seriously hot so don’t go overboard with that bit! Simmer to allow all the flavours to develop together.
Top with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraise. Garnish with fresh chive. This is a very warming soup. Wonderful on a cold day or if you have a cold!