Carrot Ginger Soup from Boma -- Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

This recipe is for a soup served at Boma -- The Flavors of Africa, a buffet-style dining room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The liquid is an interesting melange of carrots, ginger, cream and cheese. The thickening agent is a classic, lightly cooked roux. Rouxs are mixtures of fat and flour that add body and flavor to many foods.


Yield: 8 servings.

Ingredients:

2 cups chunky-cut carrots
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
1 1/2 Tblsp ground ginger
1 cup each: heavy cream and milk
2 cups sliced or shredded American cheese

Roux:

1/4 cup butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup flour


Instructions:

1. To make a roux, melt the butter in a small saucepot, slowly add the flour to make a paste. Cook until incorporated. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In pot, cook carrots in water, sugar and ginger. Let simmer until carrots are soft. Using a food processor or blender, puree carrot mixture until smooth.

3. Add heavy cream, milk and roux. Cook until soup is hot and slightly thick. Add American cheese and let simmer until cheese melts. Adjust seasonings as needed.

About the restaurant:

Boma -- The Flavors of Africa, is a buffet-style dining room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Boma features a variety of meats, fish and vegetarian items based on African dishes. It is adventurous in scope with brilliant flavors.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Classic Hall at Disney's Pop Century Resort

This recipe is for Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Classic Hall at Disney's Pop Century Resort.


Yield: 6 servings.

Ingredients:

2 lb chicken pieces (breasts, legs, and thighs)
3 cups buttermilk
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups vegetable shortening, for frying


Instructions:

1. Place chicken pieces skin side down in a shallow container and pour the buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight, if possible.

2. Heat the oven to 375 F. Remove chicken from the buttermilk and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place beaten eggs and flour in separate shallow bowls. Dredge chicken pieces first in the flour, then egg, and then flour again.

3. In 12-inch saute pan with deep sides, melt enough shortening so that it is 2 inches deep. Heat the pan until oil begins to smoke. Fry chicken for 2 minutes on each side until skin is golden brown.

4. Transfer to a baking sheet. Bake chicken 15 minutes, or until cooked through.


About the resort:

Featuring larger-than-life pop icons such as a Big Wheel, Play-Doh, a Rubik's Cube, a Duncan yo-yo, bowling pins, a Mickey Mouse telephone, a laptop computer, eight-track tapes, cellular phones and more, the 5,760-room resort is adjacent to Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Dining options include Classic Concoctions (classic libations), Everything Pop Shopping and Dining (food court featuring counter service and a grab-and-go market) and Petals Pool Bar (open seasonally).