Thursday, July 19, 2012

Capsicum and Carrot Soup with Meatballs

Welcome to my new kitchen.

A home that we have been waiting for. We finally moved into our home around a week ago. Thankfully, and praise God that it went smoothly and we are slowly settling into our space. My favourite room(s) in the house would be our kitchen and bedroom. Kitchen, in particular feature my 1.5 oven, massive pigeon pair fridge and freezer and the ultimate.... a dish washing machine.

I am always a hand washing kinda gal, but this machine is totally a God-sent. I meant, we calculated that we saved over 30-45 mins a day by just having this aid. why we didn't have one of those earlier, I have no idea.. no wait, I do know... it is because we were on a total budget and couldn't bear the thought of spending more than what we needed to.

So much to do, so little time. As I write, I'm sitting our our dining table- would you believe we NEVER had a dining table? What a luxury right? By no means we are still pinching ourselves that we are savouring our little reward of a home from the years of thinking/saving/budgeting. It keep us grounded for sure. This home means we can actually have friends over, and family can actually stay with us (and no, it was really a space reason and not because we don't want you here!!). (just in case one of you are reading this! LOL). And a proper table to have dinner on.

These things count no? :)

It's full blown winter here now, and I find myself making more soups in our kitchen. The space helps, and having a fridge and freezer means I can properly cook in bulk and freeze. I love the our kitchen bench as it means I can spread it out as I bake or when I have multiple things going on at the same time. Take tonight for instance, I had soup simmering on the stove and a casserole cooking in the oven.

Yes. Someone told me there is never such a thing as too big a fridge and freezer. Do you agree?

The soup that I do want to tell you about today, is this heart warming capsicum and carrot soup with meatballs. Fresh vegetables blended together and simmered with a hint of chill. I love a good bite in my soup, so I decided that I could shape some pork meat balls to go with it.

I also found a very handy helper- my hubby is meticulous and actually did shape these meatballs for me. I would have just thrown it in the soup. He actually made it look pretty.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be slowly changing the focus of this writing space. Just to reflect where I am right now- 90% clean eating and 10% treats that I eat without guilt. Of course, there could be more treats than clean eating posts at times- no guarantee there. But I thought I could also share with you some of my lifestyle changes and hopefully, a few little projects around our home.

Change is exciting no? :)

Capsicum and Carrot Soup with Meatballs (serves 6)
1 kg of carrots peel and chopped
5-6 red capsicum
2 red onions chopped
1-2 tablespoon of garlic
4-5 chili padi
1 bunch of celery chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 ltre of chicken stock

600 grams of pork mince
2 tablespoon of almond meal
1 egg
2 tablespoon of crushed pistachios

greek yogurt to serve.

Marinate and mix pork mince. Set aside.

Saute onion, garlic and chill in a huge pot (or two pots if you are me) with tomato paste. Add in celery and cook till soft. Cook through other veges. Simmer with stock for around 10 minutes till cooked through. Cool and blitz it through hand blender or blender and return to pot. Meantime, shape meatballs and dropped into soup to cook.

Serve with a tablespoon of greek yogurt.



June said...

oh Daphne I really adore your kitchen space and all so big !!

celine said...

i love your kitchen, Daphne. clean lines, modern and practical!!! congrats in having your dream come true.;) looking forward to posts on paleo eating and reflections on your life.

WokandSpoon said...

What an amazing kitchen! And the fridge/freezer is my dream. We just have an 'under-the-counter' bar fridge at the moment. Good reason to make lots of soups and freeze!

Joanne said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! I'm a tad bit jealous :P

ANd the soup...also beautiful!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Love your healthy soup and your kitchen! Oh yeah, the fridge and freezer is never too big. Over here, most people have two refrigerators or an extra freezer in the house. Not me though because I don't want to overstock myself and forget what I have in the freezer. :P

The Woolly Mammoth said...

Congratulations on moving into your own place, how exciting!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Love your brand new stainless steel I wish I could have one too! Your soup looks delicious...maybe i'll try it with roasted capsicum :-)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh i am so happy for you and your new house and more importantly kitchen! I love it, it looks wonderful and this meal with the capsicum looks incredible

Jin Hooi said...

wow.. love your new kitchen Daphne!!!And as always, the soup looks great too ;-)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Congrats! Big kitchen in new home , wow , good for you. Looking forward more bake and cooking from you .

Jasmine said...

Hi Daphne, congratulations! What a gorgeous looking and spacious kitchen! Love trying out your healthy and scrumptious soups/dishes :)

babe_kl said...

so envious of your huge island!!! congrats on the move ;-)

Little Inbox said...

That's a nice kitchen! ;-)

tigerfish said...

I would really want a new fridge for my new kitchen too but right now, we would have to do the more important stuff first and a stainless steel fridge would have to be later.

Oh yes, the dishwasher really saves us a lot of time too! :)

Love your carotene-rich soup base for the meatballs ;p

Piggy said...

Congrats on your new home! I LOVE your kitchen, it's so sleek and spacious! How I wish I could have your big fridge too... ahhh, so envious! ;-)

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