Monday, January 21, 2013

What Callie's Cooking - Thai Butternut and Carrot Soup

Great recipe from Callie this week, and super easy to make!

Thai Butternut & Carrot Soup
Yields 8-10 servings
Equipment needed: immersion blender or food processor
This soup is a velvety, full-of-flavor starter or side perfect to pair with grilled shrimp and a light salad.

1 cup yellow onion, diced small
2 Tablespoons lemongrass stalks, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
2 cups carrots, washed, peeled and sliced
3 ½ cups butternut squash, peeled and diced in 1 inch cubes                
Two 13.5 ounce cans of organic coconut milk
1 cup organic vegetable stock
4 ounce jar of red curry paste
1 large lime, zested and juiced
½ cup fresh basil, rough chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, rough chopped
Olive oil and kosher salt, as needed

In a Dutch oven over medium high heat, sauté onion, lemongrass, ginger, carrots and butternut with olive oil or grapeseed oil. Season with kosher salt and sauté until vegetables are softened and translucent, about 10 minutes. Lower heat and add coconut milk, vegetable stock, and whisk in red curry paste. Let simmer over medium low heat until carrots and butternut squash are fork tender, approximately 15 more minutes.

Turn heat off and puree soup until smooth with an immersion blender. Taste soup for seasonings and add more salt if needed. Stir in lime, basil and cilantro then puree one final time. Serve hot.

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Great links for today:
Stubbs & Wootton Mega Sale - I'm not even brave enough for this pair!
Naked Body Scans No More - phew, no worries about cute undies at the airport
Pellicano Hotel and Resort in Tuscany - Must go here!
You don't get to make up most of your story...


  1. i used to summer in il pellicano!! porto ercole is the post perfect place on earth!!!! it is a family tradition i hope to carry on- perfect family vacation spot!

  2. Great recipe! The entry from A Holy Experience made me cry. It sounds like the words of an depressed (possibly abused) woman. Sometimes God works through counselors. I would hope that anyone dealing with what sounds like deep sorrow would talk to someone about how to fix things, and would talk to her husband about how they could fix their marriage, rather than just saying, "Oh, well, I guess this is what God wants, so I'd better make the most of it." Really, it made me incredibly sad.

    And I would really hope that a woman in an emotionally abusive relationship would have the strength to realize that her Lord doesn't want someone to mistreat her, and that the solution isn't for HER to be a "door for joy to walk through," but for the abuser to stop the abuse. I mean, why use the word "doormat," if not because that's how she's been made to feel? And isn't that emotional abuse?

    And this part? "Why did she read and think and have questions at all and why was this being a woman hard and could she even say that out loud?" This just sounds like something written by a sad woman whose husband is in the next room yelling, "Woman, make me a sandwich!" :-( And now I'm crying again because I just feel terrible for her.

    1. Suzy I'd read more of her entries if I were you. You cannot judge someone based on one bad day in their life. All women - wives, mothers, daughters - have bad days, days when they struggle with marriages particularly, and trusting that God is holding your hand as you walk through it with Him, not alone, is an amazing solace. She is certainly not in an emotionally abusive relationship; read a few dozen of her posts and you'll see the pure joy that shines out of Ann.

      Plus, I think most people forget that God wants us to be holy, not happy. Christians worship a man that was flogged, abused, tortured, and crucified. Not happy. But he was holy. And found happiness in his holiness.

  3. Thanks for the post, I'm still a huge fan of the meatloaf! I'm interested in becoming healthier, rather than 'dieting' per se. I know you advocate Paleo in this respect, but also wondered if you had any thoughts on the Alkaline approach? It's big news in the UK atm!

    1. I am not extremely familiar with the alkaline approach, but considering it believes that whole grains and beans are healthy, I can tell you right now I disagree with it simply by knowing what happens when those foods enter our bodies. (nothing good) I prefer Paleo because although it's becoming more mainstream, it's not a trendy or fad diet. It's eating what God put here. Read my Nutrition in 100 Words post. Can't get more clearcut than that! xxSF.

    2. Thank you, I've read up on whole grains and am quite alarmed. Can I make a teeny reader request? I would find it so useful if you or Callie could create a 7-day Paleo meal plan that is simple and affordable. I know you're busy, so whether or not you find the time, thank you for your blog!

    3. Hey Anon! Almost every Paleo book has meal plans in the back, and not only for 7 days, but for an entire month! The Paleo Solution does, as does Everyday Paleo. Amazon has TONS of options, and the reader reviews can definitely be trusted if you are unsure which way to go. Good luck, and way to go for reading up on whole grains!! Have a great week xoxo

  4. Oh my goodness...Il Pellicano! That is on the top of my list of places I MUST go now! Thank you for adding to my travel wish-list :)

    And thank you for the Paleo recipes! My husband and I are getting ready to switch over to Paleo. We're both reading the book you recommended and are looking for lots of delicious recipes. Your blog is what I always pull up first! Im excited to get more recipes from Callie and your family!



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