It’s.. I don’t know.. 6,000 degrees outside and 250% humidity.
What better meal than a smattering of local summer flavors (fresh littleneck clams), sweet summer corn, and..
Carrot soup with nutmeg.
Nothing says summer like nutmeg.
Here’s the way this was done.
- A bunch of local carrots. About half came from my garden, 1/4 from our CSA and 1/4 from god knows where with god-knows-what chemicals, feces, and the imprinted suffering of our planet.
- A handful of small onions from my garden.
- A small new potato from my garden.
- A delicious red beet from my garden.
- Fennel from a local farm.
- Olive oil from… the supermarket.
- A blender from the day my wife and I got married 14 years ago.
Chop the onions and fennel into small random bits. It’s all going to get blended so don’t worry about being a slicing artist. For the fennel, cut the dilly leaves, the celery-like stalks and the bulbous bulb. It’s all fennely. Get some olive oil going and chuck your onions in.. sweat them. Chuck in the fennel. Cut up the potato and beet. Chuck them in. Sweat them all a bit until they’ve flavored one another scandalously. Get your carrots sliced up and chuck them in also. The thinner you get everything, the faster it will all get soft. The carrots will outnumber the other veggies by a lot.
Cover it up and let it stew a bit until it’s all getting tender. Now, add some spice. I used nutmeg, salt and pepper. (After eating it, a little ginger would not have hurt.) Add some moisture. Chicken stock is great.
Veggie stock is great. Water works too. That’s what I used. I covered up the mixture to about 1/8 inch over.
Let it stew a bit.
If you’re like me, you don’t have one of those cool wand blenders. Go ahead and use your Isaac-The-Bartender-From-The-Love-Boat blender. Spoon it all in. Puree away. You want to eliminate any vegetable individuality. Those stinkin’ veggies are too uppity anyway and too sure of themselves. Make ’em all look like a paler shade of carrot, that’ll teach ’em.
Get it back to your pot and let it simmer. If you want to add some more moisture to thin it a bit, go for it. I did.
It looks a little bit like baby food, but it’s all adult. Just look at this picture of my son trying to pretend like he likes it. Are you fooled? That took 15 pictures with me saying “work it, work it.. you love it baby, you love it… it’s like chocolate.. yeah, yeah that’s it.. now smile, now pout, now primp… you are a golden god of carrot eating.”
Anyway. The soup is great. Could have been a bit sweeter.
The littleneck clams, the sweet corn, the soup, the beer…. great, wholly mismatched meal.