Recipe For Carrot And Beetroot Soup

When we first to moved to Gordons Bay we were on a serious budget. My grocery bill was carefully calculated and there was no disposable income to spend on any luxury what so ever. Slowly but surely I got to a stage where I could enjoy the luxuries life had to offer and now once again, I am being cautious with my disposable income. I have not had to give up much, but I have given up some things. What amazes me, is how some people who are in a worse situation that I am have not given up anything. They have spent money on adding on to their houses, continued playing a weekly round of golf, carried on indulging in massages and are still eating out. And yet I know, the business they own is not paying their suppliers. So, basically they are living on money that the owe. This baffles my brain as I could not spend money I owe to a supplier on indulgences. I would be working twice as hard and twice as long, to ensure my suppliers are being paid, and I would stop frivolous expenses until I was out of debt. With having to watch what I spend my money on, I am checking the price of food, and I am shopping more often so that there is less wastage. This soup is a budget beater. It delighted my table and my palate in summer, and as these vegetables are still available, I am sure it will grace our table during the cold months as well, just served hot.

Do you shop once a week or more often?

Carrot and Beetroot Soup with Croissants
Carrot and Beetroot Soup with Croissants

Carrot And Beetroot Soup

Ingredients

  • 15 mls olive oil
  • 2 baby beetroot chopped
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 1 cm root ginger peeled and chopped
  • 375 mls vegetable stock
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 15 mls crème fraîche

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a pot and gently fry the beetroot and carrot for 5 minutes
  • Add the ginger and continue to fry for 2 minutes
  • Add 250mls of the stock and season to taste
  • Simmer until the vegetables are soft
  • Blend until smooth and thin with the rest of the stock
  • Adjust the seasoning and add the crème fraîche
  • Serve cold

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42 thoughts on “Recipe For Carrot And Beetroot Soup

  1. that soup sounds divine.
    I shop weekly, but will often pick up milk and bread in the week. Changes I’ve made of late to my shopping are, I have cut down on meat/chicken/fish etc until I have emptied my freezer. I buy based on what I think we are going to need, as opposed to an oh-that-looks-nice I’ll buy it and keep it for a rainy day meal attitude. And Veggies I try to only purchase what I need and try really hard not to overbuy which means chucking out later.

    1. I think it is a great idea to use up what is in the freezer first! I am buying meat and chicken now only when it is on special. We buy our fish from Viking Fishing in bulk and it is a huge savings 🙂

  2. Your soup is a real winner, tandy! I love the old combo of beetroot & ginger, paired with carrots is a great & tasty combo too! Love the soup! 🙂 Very healthy too! I shop a few times per week but look at my budget. But I also grow a lot myself & it is very rewarding that way. And I use & make great dishes out of leftover’s & things that I have in the fridge & pantry! 😉

  3. When I first saw the title I thought straight away of it being a hot soup not a cold one! I’ll have to try and make it for one these rainy days, we’re having at the moment. Shop more than once a week, one big major shop, and two smaller ones for fresh fish and meat.

  4. I understand how you feel about businesses not paying their suppliers – I’m self employed / run my own business and I rely on others to pay my bills! and the soup is a great budget meal, I’m not earning much at the moment (work is slow coming in) and we are having to be careful too – so maybe less treats and meals out. I still try and shop locally though, but I’m lucky to have great shops nearby, so can pop out easily to pick up the bits for a meal.

  5. Absolutely stunning soup – bet it tasted as amazing as it looks! And I agree with what you say – i was always taught “if you can´t pay for it, you can´t afford it”! I have to do a big shop every 6 weeks or so in the big supermarket and then weekly int he village for fresh stuff. Now that summer is here though I´ll have to do that less as we will be more self sufficient 🙂

    1. I don’t know if I would cope only going to the shops once every 6 weeks! We always run out of something the day I do the shopping 🙂

      1. I have to be organised .- it´s quite a trip for us, but the little local stores to stock just about most things (at a price) so in an emergency we´re able to manage!

        1. it is sad the local stores are so expensive as it would make life easier! My worst fear would be running out of loo paper LOL 🙂

  6. Gosh, just look at the colour of that soup! Wonderful! 🙂 I love the combination and will have to give this a try some day soon. Also, I am with you on the “pay the suppliers -v- have a good time” thing, but sadly some people find it necessary to keep up the pretence of everything being fine. 🙁

  7. Lovely soup recipe and with regards to not paying suppliers and then splurging on oneself–how on earth do they live with themselves

  8. I’m a once a week shopper, but since I only cook for myself and have a pretty regular cook schedule, I know almost exactly how much to buy–Friday night dinner usually cleans the fridge out exactly in time for Saturday morning grocery shopping. And I can’t wait for the beets in my garden to be ready–I love borscht and all beet-related soup (and dishes in general–hence the reason I planted tons of beets, haha)

  9. I shop once a week Tandy — and I’m pretty careful to stay on budget and save where I can. Then I don’t feel guilty splurging every now and then on things that I really enjoy. You can’t have it all, all the time and not go into serious debt!!! This price-performer looks delicious!

    1. It is great that you use your savings for something special, that way you don’t feel like you are depriving yourself 🙂

  10. Your soup has to be loaded with flavor and very healthy. I shop every couple of days for my fresh ingredients. If I had too…I could prepare meals for several months from my pantry and freezer that is stocked with what I find on sale.

  11. Lovely healthy recipe, Tandy. I love beetroot and carrot juice, so I’m sure to love this. I also was taught to abide by the rule, “Cut your coat according to your cloth.” I wouldn’t sleep at night if I knew I owed money I couldn’t repay.

    money I didn’t have, or had spent

  12. I use to work out menu’s for a month and bought my bulk groceries and meat once a month and bought fresh ingredeints like milk and veggies twice a week. Unfortunately I can’t afford the monthlu shopping anymore, so work out weekly menus and buy weekly. I will still buy in bulk if for example lamb is on a special, howver!

    I just loooove the soup!

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