At some point in September every year we all have a little ‘fresh-start’ moment. I think it stays with us from when we were little and you came home with new shoes and new books for a new year at school. This September I start my fourth and final year at university, maybe my last back to school, but I don’t think the September fresh start will ever go away.
September means a turn from Summer into Autumn.
September means back to school.
September means the boots come back out to play.
September means a new woolly jumper (especially when you live in Aberdeen…).
September means the leaves turning crisp.
September means warming food, big bowls of soup or chilli.
September means the first fire of the winter roars up the chimney.
September means going stationary shopping.
September means thinking about hats and scarfs again.
September means longer nights with films and books.
Yesterday Dom went to help drive minibus loads of freshers to their new halls, and I made autumnal coloured soup. How very September of us.
Carrot and Coriander Soup (extra warm!)
Soup is the easiest thing to make, it’s super cheap, super yummy and will fill you up on a cold Aberdonian afternoon. One of the best things is that you can put almost anything in it, you’ll soon find your favourite combinations. Here’s my carrot and coriander with a nice red chilli from my new chilli plant!
Take a large pan and fry an onion in a bit of oil. While it is browning, peel and chop a good bundle of carrots and a few potatoes to give the soup some thickness. Pop these in the pan as well and cook through for a few minutes.
Just about cover the veggies with stock, a pinch of salt and pepper and set to bubble for half an hour or so.
Once your carrots and potatoes are soft, take them off the heat and add in a large tablespoon of coriander, about a level tablespoon of cumin and a little ginger. Then, if you’re feeling brave, a red chilli (this soup is just as lovely without, it was just a particularly chilly day!)…These measurements are all estimations, really it is down to how you like your soup to taste, once whizzed, taste, and add a little more of whatever you think it needs. Add another pinch of salt and pepper and keep blending your soup until it is reeeeeaally smooth, you might have to add a little more water – that’s okay!
It’s as easy as that. Ladle some into a bowl to munch with some toast straight away and pop the rest in the fridge or freezer for a speedy lunch later in the week.
I’ve always thought September was a funny kind of inbetweeny month, but actually lots of my favourite things happen in September. For me this year, September marks having spent two years with Dom, it is the start of a new house, it is back to my part time job, and the beginning of writing my dissertation. Hello fourth year – eeek – lets hope it’s a good one!