To be honest, I woke up this morning feeling really glutinously guilty. So, I decided to take myself to the Golden Door in Escondido, CA for a week of healthy eating, exercise and spa treatments. I checked online and found that I could do this for a mere $7495 for the week (plus air fare). I also checked to see how much the tickets for the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park were going for. One cannot go to Escondido without a visit to the park. Well, the tickets are going for $33.50 these days. Honestly, that put me over the top for my planned excursion. I decided to just stay home and make a few of the Golden Door's recipes in my own kitchen.
Chilled Carrot Soup
The Golden Door Spa and tweaked by Bonnie
1 tsp canola oil
1 small onion cut into a rough chop
2 tsp ground cumin
5 large carrots, roughly chopped
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
(I used a combination)
1 tsp salt
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp grated orange zest to garnish
Heat the canola oil in a medium-sized pot set over medium-high heat. Add the onion; saute, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes until soft and translucent.
Stir in the cumin and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots, stock or broth and salt; simmer partially covered for 30 to 40 minutes or until the carrots are very tender. Remove from heat and cool.
Transfer, in batches, to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Blend in the orange and lime juices. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until well chilled.
Serve cold in chilled soup bowls.
Enough for four to enjoy!
And, for our guilt-free dessert, we ate peaches and plums from our "still life" bowl of fruit from the Saturday Farmers' Market.