There is nothing nicer on a cold day that a nice bowl of soup to warm you up. Home made soup is so much nicer than tinned. I think there is something about having made it yourself that gives you a sense of achievement. Carrot and orange soup is one of those combinations that sounds like it could not possibly work. I discovered it a while ago when we were out for dinner one evening. It is a sophisticated soup, the tang of the orange perfectly complements the softness of the carrot and is a nice surprise to the palette.
I did some experimenting and came up with a combination that works really well. You can easily add more or less orange juice to suit your taste. A garnish of mint and a swirl of cream adds a sense of adventure and sophistication to the soup. The soup is really easy to make and could be made ahead of time allowing you to serve it as a starter to a Sunday lunch or at a dinner party.
Serve with crusty bread for a gorgeous starter.