The Cure for a Cold Apartment

October 28, 2011 at 12:22 am 3 comments

There is currently a battle of will going on at my house. Jen and Marie vs. the cold, cold apartment. The apartment is winning, but we refuse to give up… yet. We could turn the heat on, but it just seems so soon for that! Boston obviously missed that memo – we saw our first few snow flakes this evening! Instead of admitting defeat, we are covering our windows with the insulating plastic wrap, wrapping ourselves in blankets, drinking copious amounts of tea, and finding every excuse to stand near the stove or oven for long periods of time…


This Thai Carrot Soup is that excuse. Serve it with some homemade bread or dinner rolls, and you have two of your bases covered! I planned on making this recipe from Frugal Feeding to use up some of the huge carrots I got in my Boston Organics box. I quickly realized that I didn’t have all of the ingredients, and wasn’t willing to step into the freezing rain (and for anyone unfamiliar with New England, this doesn’t mean cold rain, it literally means frozen rain drops) to go to the store. I improvised a bit, but the soup was still tasty! Some changes I made: I substituted lemon juice for the lemon grass, chili flakes for the red chilis, and left out the cilantro. I added some toasted coconut to the top, which ended up balancing out the kick to the soup in the absence of the cilantro. Spicy and warming – the perfect cure for a cold apartment.


Served with a little toasted coconut on top. A nice spicy soup for a cold fall day!

Even better – soup makes a perfect “frozen dinner,” essential for busy nights when you are starving and don’t have time to pull together a proper meal! Having frozen leftovers on hand has helped me avoid the typical student pizza deliveries or sad pasta dinners that plague many of my busy friends. Soups and chilis tend to freeze well, but rice has not given me as much luck.


Question: What are you cooking to stay warm as the weather begins to chill? What leftovers have you successfully, or unsuccessfully, turned into frozen meals?

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  • 1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  October 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    We have this battle in reverse each year. Early May is too early to turn on the AC, must make it to June. OK, May 15th it is! Soup looks great!

  • 2. Home Improvements « homemadeadventure  |  November 1, 2011 at 7:23 am

    […] windows and expensive heat bills all winter! Our final plan for warming up the apartment (besides continued soup making and bread baking, of course) is to make a draft stopper snake! I plan to take an old towel and stuff […]

  • 3. WIAW Out of the Freezer « homemadeadventure  |  January 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    […] made Thai Carrot Soup during our cold snap in October, and froze more than half of the recipe away. There are at least 4 containers in my freezer, so I […]


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