It takes at least four degrees

to figure out the food processor that has been languishing on top of the kitchen cupboards for the last year +. I know it was there when I left for Afghanistan, and it might have been there longer. I am trying to remember if I bought it while in the UK in a fit of soup making or further in the past.

In any case I decided that, since it was the fourth/fifth cool day in a room, I would make soup. Carrot-Ginger was the plan.

Guess about how well I like grating carrots?

Not enough to grate six large ones by hand, that is for sure. Thinking ahead, I got the dear guy to haul down the above mentioned food processor which he did before rapidly finding something else to do. So there I stand with all these pieces/parts strewn across the counter. Looks like components from two different systems.

Just as I am about to go back to grating the flipping carrots, the Eldest walks in the door. She hasn’t used this system either, never having had the interest but is willing to give me a hand. After trying different combinations, she manages to get a chopping blade fixed inside the container so that it will actually turn, provided that we can figure out how to turn the thing on.

When it doubt – it can pay to read instructions – or at least direction arrows on the side. With triumph I get the thing to whirl the blades and the carrots get chopped up into little bitty pieces followed by the ginger. Imagine what we would have done without the four University degrees between the two of us!

cooking the carrots

cooking the carrots

With the end result –

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Unfortunately, this is one time when guestimating how much ginger….. let’s just say that the soup had a bit of a bite. I tried diluting it out with three different things – the quark was fine, the no-fat sour cream was the best, and soy milk combines with the ginger to leave a really nasty after taste. I do not recommend trying this one.

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14 Responses to It takes at least four degrees

  1. Allison says:

    Hmmmm.. That looks colorful!

    I am just guessing, but you might like: Artichoke, Leek, Potato Soup

  2. Alison says:

    With a no-dairy daughter coming home in a few weeks, this is good to know! And thank you for the laugh.

    Remembering the visiting Chinese student who marveled at ours, 30 years ago, a gift from my mom, going, What you call this thing! Where I buy it!

  3. Bob says:

    Happy to see you’re getting back into this homemaking thing . . . regardless of the four university degrees. And I’ll bet the soup still tasted good; homemade is always best!

  4. Holly says:

    Bob – but that implies that I ever did anything remotely resembling homemaking in the first place!

  5. Ruth says:

    I am now repeating….I do NOT need a food processer…I do NOT need….

  6. Holly says:

    and neither do I. Actually, a blender would do just as well with a bit of patience!

  7. Tara says:

    Ah the trials and tribulations! Good for you making the brave attempt!

  8. Cat says:

    ….. BUT I am not into the business of kitchen gadgets on the whole – a sharp knife seems to be the most useful implement of all. Is it worth getting that domesticated that you can use endless gadgets? I doubt it. I would rather write, read or knit.

  9. Cheryl says:

    I like to start with the recipe and adjust from there-it is another version of reading directions :). It still sounds good!

  10. Holly says:

    Recipe? I was supposed to start with one of those? Oh. Fudge.

  11. Helen says:

    I prefer pumpkin & potato. Since I can’t easily cut the pumpkin I roast one whole then scoop out the flesh – MUCH easier!

  12. Pat says:

    Sounds so much like me. 🙂

  13. Angeluna says:

    Food processors are actually incredibly useful once you get the hang of it. Really speeds things up. This coming from someone whose food processor burned up 20 years ago. But I find I cook a lot less now. Perhaps I need to buy another one?

  14. Shawn says:

    I worked at a deli in Vermont while getting my bachelor’s – one of our customers favorite was the homemade carrot-orange soup – think it was a cold pureed soup – I liked it surprisingly. I remember it started off w/slicing carrots, sautéing in butter, adding chicken stock and then pureeing w/orange juice…now that you brought it to mind, I believe I’ll see if I scratched down that recipe somewhere.

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