Well, today's post is a bit different and very exciting for me, because I've been asked to participate in a "Blog Tour" for cookbook author Nava Atlas, in celebration of today's release of Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons . Now in its 4th edition; many of you may remember the cookbook as "Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons".
Curried Cashew-Vegetable Soup
With notes of ginger, curry, and citrus
6 to 8 servings
Cashew butter make an offbeat, rich-tasting soup base.
This luscious soup is good hot or at room temperature.
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large celery stalk, diced
4 cups water
1 cup cashew butter
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, to taste
2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, more or less to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
1/2 cup orange juice, preferably fresh
3 cups steamed fresh green vegetables (such as finely chopped broccoli, green peas, diced zucchini, cut green beans,or any combination) **I used potatoes and carrots
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Thinly sliced scallions for garnish
Chopped cashews for garnish, optional
Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onions, garlic, and celery and sauté over medium-low heat until all are lightly browned.
Transfer to a food processor with 1 cup of the water and process until smoothly pureed, then transfer back to the soup pot.
Or add 1 cup of the water to the soup pot and process with an immersion blender until pureed. Add the remaining 3 cups water and bring to a rapid simmer. Whisk in the cashew butter, about 1/3 cup at a time. Stir in the ginger, curry powder, cumin, nutmeg, lemon juice, and orange juice. Return to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat.
Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Stir in the steamed vegetables. If the soup is too thick, add enough water to give the soup a slightly thick consistency. Season with salt and pepper, then serve. Garnish each serving with scallions and chopped cashews if desired.