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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Soup Weather by Vonnie Davis

Winter weather has played an on-again, off-again visit to many parts of our country. Snow, more snow, wind, ice, rain, and bunches of snow on top of the snow already there. This calls for warm socks, a comfy sweater, and homemade soups.

I love making thick soups in my crockpot. Beef vegetable is my favorite. My hero in my current work in progress—a shapeshifter Christmas romance—cooks Carrot and Orange Soup for the heroine. I found an old Scottish recipe I’ll include at the end of the story.

A winter warmer.

1 chopped onion
1lb (450 grammes) sliced carrots
2 ozs (65 grammes or ½ stick) butter
2 ozs (65 grammes or ½ cup) plain flour
1 pint (600ml or two and a half cups) chicken stock
1 pint (600ml or 2½ cups, scant) milk
1 orange (juice and rind) wash orange first
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 oz (one rounded tablespoon) chopped parsley

Melt the butter and add the onions and carrots. Cook gently (without colouring) then stir in the flour and cook for a further 1/2 minutes. Gradually add the milk and chicken stock. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then simmer on low for 20/30 minutes. Liquidise before adding orange juice (including shredded rind) and reheat - but do not boil. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

I love a man who can cook. Don’t you? Maybe next month, I can share a spring recipe with you.


  1. Interesting recipe, Vonnie. I really enjoyed your most recent shifter tale, Beary Sassy. I love the characters in your books. You are an awesome author.

    1. Aw, Beth, thank you so much. That means a lot. I really enjoy writing bear shifters, doing so stretches my imagination. That, and they are so comical.

  2. I love carrots, so I'm curious to try the carrots and orange idea. It seems to be an odd combination of ingredients. Thanks!

  3. I had a bowl of it in Edinburgh when I was there. I wasn't so sure I'd like it, but I did. Haggis, made from lamb's lungs, heart, and kidneys, wasn't worth more than one bit and a big shudder. Eek!


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