Recipe For Carrot Soup

For the past 4 years I have wanted to get another Boxer, but with all the things that have been happening in our lives, the time has never seemed right. I also want to adopt a Boxer as I believe in giving a loving home to a needy dog. We have two Boxer rescue sites on Facebook, one for South Africa and the other for the Western Cape. These are run by different people and just before we went overseas there was a 9 week old puppy looking for a home. I would have taken the dog without a second thought had we not been going away the following day. Then, our friends’ dog fell pregnant and as I was loathe to be offered one of the puppies, I decided to contact the South African Boxer Rescue Organisation to see if I could complete the adoption application forms on the off chance a puppy would become available. Linda told me to please send her the forms, and I just left it in my draft folder, not willing to commit myself to taking on another dog. A few Thursday nights’ ago, Linda sent me a photograph of the cutest Boxer I have seen for a long time. He was about to turn one, and his owner wanted to rehome him as the complex they had moved into did not have a yard big enough for the dog. Dave has been reluctant to say the least about getting another dog as 3 is a lot and 4 would push us over the top. But, he said if I wanted to get him, I could. (got to love the man). And so the next morning I sent Linda the forms and there started the saga! The owner had the following conditions for his adoption:
1. He must not be neutered
2. He must be bred
3. The new home must have a female Boxer
4. He cannot be homed with other breeds
5. He cannot be sent out of Gauteng
I have a friend who meets all of these requirements and who would be willing to take Milo and then send him to us. But Boxer Rescue will not be a part of this as they insist on the Boxer being neutered before he is rehomed. All we want to do is offer a loving home to a dog, and the owners’ conditions are totally unrealistic and represent cruelty to me in the softest degree. Not wanting to dwell too much on this I turned to my kitchen for solace. And carrot soup offered just that. I julienned the carrots using the new drums for my Kitchen Aid and added drops of tarragon oil to the soup before ‘drowning’ myself in a bowl.

"Carrot Soup"
Carrot Soup
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5 from 2 votes

Carrot Soup

Full of goodness and taste, you will find much comfort and delight in this soup
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 500 g carrots peeled and julienned
  • 500 mls vegetable stock plus extra for thinning
  • 5 mls ground cumin
  • 5 mls ground ginger


  • Place the carrots and the stock into a sauce pan
  • Bring to the boil
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Allow to cool and blend until smooth
  • Thin out with some more stock if you want to
  • Serve with crème fraîche or flavoured oil

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34 thoughts on “Recipe For Carrot Soup

  1. There are SO many animals in need of loving forever homes and for someone to have so many ridiculous conditions is beyond me. I could never re-home any of our animals – it the same has having a child and then a few years later re-homing them! I know everyone has different lives but I don’t feel people should get animals if they can’t look after them for their full lifespan.
    I love carrot soup and can’t believe I have never thought to add ginger to my Nana’s wonderful recipe.
    Have a super day Tandy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. Mandy I also cannot fathom how people cannot commit to an animal. However, saying that, I know circumstances change, but then to be so demanding? That is not right 🙂

  2. Really? That seems a bit odd having such strict requirements. What happens if noone can meet all those points? Do they put the animal down. Far out!
    Love your soup, very pretty. 🙂

  3. Unusual criteria – usually rescue dogs are neutered or they insist that you neuter them at a later stage as they discourage breeding for the dog’s sake and to enure that people don’t take dogs on to just make money out of them. When the right pup is there for you, you’ll know. Love carrot soup by the way, a lovely recipe!

  4. What a dog story! I can see how this carrot soup would bring you great comfort. Soup is a favorite at our dinner table. Love your use of cumin and ginger to give this the perfect amount of zip. Yum!

  5. Those are severe and lengthy conditions! Sorry it did not work out with this one. But another Boxer will be perfect soon! Great soup in the mean time, simple but perfect.

  6. Perfect for these cold days and so much more interesting than pumpkin soup!

  7. Tandy, I so agree – that owners conditions are unrealistic and not very nice! To insist the dog be bred is hard to fathom for me! UGH – so sorry about this – would you not be interested in going to a rescue to get another boxer?
    BTW – LOVE the cumin and ginger in this carrot soup – definitely heart warming!

  8. Oh wow! This sounds amazing! I love soup!! …so healthy, filling, refreshing and delicious! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Hi Tandy, so sorry about all the conditioned rules, seems like they were making unreasonable conditions much harder. Love this soup, perfect for heartier times.

  10. I can so relate to your dog story, Tandy: the previous owners of my boxer-frenchie mix made the same request of not having him neutered. You cannot imagine the turmoil I was in when he got in trouble with other “whole” male dogs and they behaved aggressively towards him. When I finally contacted them to let them know it was imperative to have him neutered, they thanked me for informing them. A good ending to a lousy deal.

    He is fine now with other male dogs, his behaviour has not changed (still has his high energy level) and he has not gained an ounce of weight since.

    Lovely soup recipe, comfort food for foul days!

  11. When I lived back in the UK I thought some of the condition imposed where, at times, quite strict. But these are beyond, make no sense at all. Really silly of them.
    Hope you found enough solace in the soup 🙁

  12. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ve never made soup with carrots as the base, but I certainly want to try it now 😉 Thanks for sharing, Tandy! 😀

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