Carrot & Thyme Soup

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 6 to 8 large carrots (about 1 ¾ pounds)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 piece ginger, an inch long, peeled
  • 1 sprig thyme, plus more for garnish
  • ½ large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Peel and cut the carrots into ½-inch rounds. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Set an oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the heat source and turn on the broiler. Broil the carrots until they brown and soften, turning them over with a spatula every 5 minutes or so; this should take 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a boil, add the ginger and the sprig of thyme and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  3. Put the onion in a medium stock pot with the remaining olive oil. Brown the onion over medium heat, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, and then add the carrots.
  4. Remove the ginger and thyme from the stock and add the stock to the pot with the onions and carrots. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the carrots are soft enough to puree.
  5. Use an immersion or a standard blender to puree the mixture until smooth. If the soup seems too thick, add more stock or water and reheat gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, garnish with chopped fresh thyme.

20th April 2016

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Kilner Cajun Spice Mix

A home made spice mix is really handy to have in the kitchen, it makes cooking your favourite flavoursome dishes so much easier.

One of our favourite spice mixes to have at hand is a Cajun spice mix. It takes seconds to make but will save you lots of time in the kitchen when you’re preparing your meals.

Simply mix the following ingredients together and transfer into a spice jar.


  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder (optional, depending on how hot you like it!)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Add to chicken, pork, potatoes or any dishes you want to give a bit of a kick to!

11th March 2014

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