I sing in St. Paul's Cathedral Choir as a soprano. It's a voluntary commitment that takes up almost nine hours a week of my life, but I love it so much!
On Thursday nights, after Evensong and before rehearsal for Sunday's services, we get fed. I guess we have to, or the music in rehearsal would be drowned out by the rumbling of our tums!
We're supplied by an army of wonderful, volunteer parishioners who do a great job feeding all we hungry chorally types. Last night's dinner was an absolutely delicious carrot and orange soup - so good that I begged the cook for her recipe, and tried it out today for tonight's dinner.
I've altered it a little, because we had two leeks sitting around that needed using, so I shoved them in too. I don't think my friend, one of the many Cathedral Chefs, will mind too much! Give the recipe a try - with or without leeks!
Carrot and Orange Soup - with Leeks!
- 1 1/2 kilograms (3 pounds) of carrots
- 2 leeks (my addition)
- 2 cups orange juice
Everything chopped and bubbling away!
- Wash the leeks, chop off the stems and discard the rest to the compost. Chop the leeks finely into rings, and pile them into a big soup pot, with two cups of water.
- Turn the pot containing the leeks onto a medium-high heat.
- Wash and chop the carrots into rounds, discarding the tops. Don't bother peeling, unless they're really dirty - I never do!
- Once the carrots are chopped, add them to the pot, together with 2 cups of orange juice.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until carrots are soft.
- Once the carrots are soft, turn off the heat, and pulp the soup with a stab mixer until blended.
- You're done!
The soup is guaranteed to serve a horde of hungry choristers, with fresh, crusty bread! Or a family like mine, all of whom have bottomless pits for stomachs. Take your pick.
I love these easy soups, and usually make them close to the weekends. Making big batches like this means we'll have nice, hot lunches for a couple of days, or I can freeze portions for my hungry Geekly husband to take to work. All good!
Now who said Church was dull? Not when you make friends and learn excellent and simple recipes like this, as well as building community and having wonderful music and food for the soul, it isn't!
If you'd like to read more about the life of a busy soprano, visit my other blog, The Chorister.
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