We had a small Oscar-watching party last night, and the two things I served were this soup (in mugs) and the stuffed bread described in the next entry.
Carrot soup can be a rather boring thing, but adding fresh grated ginger and orange juice really perks it up. The pleasant sourness of the orange juice adds a nice undertone to the sweetness. To me, cardamon goes well with this too, though you can omit it. Ginger is a must however, and it has to be fresh, not dried.
This is another of those so-easy to make soups - dump everything in the pot, let simmer for a while, then purée, adjust seasonings and voila. Great soup. The type of cooking I love the most for everyday.
If you omit the 3 tablespoons of cream, it's also quite low calorie, though I suppose not low-carb.
Wash the carrots and cut it up into chunks. (If you are using non-organic carrots, peel them.) Chunk up the onion and potatoes also.
Put the vegetables, stock cubes, parsley and bay leaf into a pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until all the vegetables are very tender, about 40 minutes.
Peel and grate the ginger. Add it and the cardamon to the soup.
Purée the soup with a stick blender or in batches in your mixer or food processor. (If you use a food processor, you may need to pass it through a sieve to make it smooth.)
Return to the heat and stir in the orange juice. Season to taste. Swirl in the cream just before serving.