Today is freezing. After the glimpse of spring we enjoyed last weekend the skies have closed over in an endless grey, the temperature has plummeted and I am back to longing for the end of winter. This morning we set off determined on one of our favourite walks. I wasn’t going to let the fact it was snowing stop me. After climbing a steep hill I found myself just wanting to be home. My nose was so cold, my eyes were watering and I could hardly feel my hands. Uncharacteristically for me and much to the amusement and most likely relief of my husband I requested we head for home. He willingly obliged with only the gentlest of I told you so’s. I made this beetroot soup last weekend. It is just the thing after a freezing cold walk or to warm you up at your desk at work. I can’t help but love beetroot with its beautiful and vibrant colour. The beetroot and fennel get roasted with thyme until they are lovely and caramelised. They then join shallots (or onion) and garlic in a simmering pan of stock. Finally the soup is blended and served with grated orange zest which adds a lovely dash of colour and tang to the earthy sweetness of the beets.
You can find the recipe here at The Kitchn. I followed the recipe but used shallots instead of onion because that is what I had. I’m happy to say there are containers of this soup in my freezer ready for the next time I foolishly head out in to the cold.