Here’s another bowl of beauty from The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook: Fresh-from-the-Garden Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small. Silky smooth and stunningly simple, carrot and chamomile are a sweet match made in the garden. If you have fresh chamomile, that would be divine, but the dried herb and flowers work as well, and that’s what we had on hand, so early in the year. This soup is both easy and elegant, with just a few ingredients that need no adornment. The chamomile, not often used in savory dishes, hums a soothing herbal tune that balances the sweetness of carrots. If you want to be extra fancy, serve it with a scattering of tiny flowers; rosemary, calendula, borage, or a bit of golden lemon zest.
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