Wednesday, June 02, 2010

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The Cookbook Project

Herbfarm CookbookAfter finishing my Food: A-Z Project I thought I would try another foodie project. I decided on a cookbook project, starting with Jerry Traunfeld's "The Herbfarm Cookbook". I've had the cookbook for a while now and haven't made anything in it but that's about to change. The internet just makes it too convenient to find recipes so this will be a good project to get me cooking stuff I wouldn't normally. I will be picking one recipe from each category in the cookbook. I'll try to do this once a week. When I get through making something from each category I'll move on to another cookbook.

The first category is Soups. I picked out a carrot soup recipe titled Unami Carrot Soup with Mint. I won't be posting the recipe on here so you'll have to go buy the cookbook if you want to make it. The recipe calls for carrot juice which gave me a reason to use my juicer. I don't use it too often, mainly because it takes so long to clean all the parts. I also used my mortar and pestle for the first time to grind the coriander.

The soup turned out pretty tasty however, I think it would have been better with a little less coriander. This was my first time eating carrot soup, but I've always been a fan of carrots. I think my mom thought I would turn orange when I was a kid for eating so many carrots. I forgot to save some of the mint for garnish then I remembered I had mint in my herb garden so grabbed some.

Below are some of the photos I took of the prep as well as the finished results.

Carrots Carrot Juice

Ground Coriander

Fresh Mint

Unami Carrot Soup with Mint


  1. Lovely, as always! Can't wait to see and read more about this project, Paula!

  2. now I want carrot juice.... mmmmm