This is based on one of my favourite dishes, but turned into soup form. Spicy, smoky, fiery and sweet it brings a little pep and vim to the day. When in season I love to use blood oranges, but any type of orange will work well.
Ingredients for 4 portions
For the soup:
8 red/orange peppers
2 bulbs garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tsp Ras-el-Hanout or Harissa (Rose petal harissa works well with this)
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
Water/Vegetable/Chicken stock to cover (approx 800ml)
3 blood oranges, segmented
A generous hunk of feta cheese
A good drizzle of pomegranate molasses
De-seed and quarter the peppers, halve the tomatoes and place into a roasting tin with the garlic bulbs. Drizzle with a little olive oil and rub in with your hands so that everything is evenly coated. Scatter over Ras-el-Hanout (or harissa), to your taste; I use around 2 tsp but it does pack a punch. Roast in the oven at 175o
C for approximately 45 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the peppers and tomatoes are soft and charred at the edges.
For a smoky flavour, leave the skins on -once blended, you won't notice them. Transfer to a pan, including the sticky juices from the roasting tin and, fire the cloves of roasted garlic from their charred skins into the pan by squeezing them. Cover with just enough water, if you wish the sweetness to permeate or stock for a more savoury flavour. Add the cayenne pepper for a bit more heat (not really necessary with a good harissa). Simmer gently for 10 minutes, blend and serve into bowls. If you find the consistency too thin, allow to simmer for longer.
Peel and segment the blood oranges, removing any seeds. Add to the soup with a hunk or crumbling of feta cheese and drizzle with sticky, sour pomegranate molasses. Enjoy with a warm wholemeal pitta bread or, add in some beads of cooked, large grain couscous for a bit of extra bite.