Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Number Five - Soup glorious (spicy) Soup

Two words. Sweet. Potato.

I can't understand why people aren't grabbing Sweet Potatoes off the shelves quicker. 'Yams' - as our American friends call them - are an amazing nutrient source, and much better for you than the bog standard potato. If you haven't ever tasted Sweet Potato soup then more fool you. You're missing out. EDIT:  I've been kindly informed that actually, they aren't the same thing, Yams are sweeter and have a 'higher moisture content'. Well they're still pretty similar in my book! Long live the Sweet Potato!

The first time I tried this delicious vegetable in a soup was when one of my closest friends, Jen, made a Sweet Potato and coconut cream soup. The second time was when my other half's Mum made the infamous Jamie Oliver's 'Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup'. I'm a self confessed hater of normal soups, for example Leek and Potato. Yeuch. Boring. So I had to give this recipe a bash. It's a very filling soup, and could probably used as a filling snack or in my case main course. Here you go:

Yum Yum. My version...

  • 2 x onions
  • 2 cloves of peeled / finely sliced garlic (I feel this really depends on your personal tastes, don't reduce this, but add if you so wish!).
  • 2 x carrots (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 x celery sticks (sliced)
  • 800g Sweet Potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 200g Chorizo Sausage (a friend told me you're better to get this from the deli counter, rather than the vacuumed pack stuff...)
  • Fresh parsley (just a wee bunch)
  • 1 x heaped teaspoon of curry powder (essential).
  • 2 x chicken stock cubes
  • 1 x fresh red chili (also essential!).
  1. Slice the Chorizo and chop the Parsley.
  2. Heat up a soup pan with Olive Oil, and add the curry powder and all the chopped ingredients (carrots, celery, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, chorizo, parsley). Stir together.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes with the lid askew until the onions are golden and carrots a bit softer. I panicked a bit at this stage, thinking "aaaargh it's smoking". This would be the amateur in me. Don't panic.
  4. Add 1.8L of water to the stock and then pour it into the veg. 
  5. Stir the soup and bring to the boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  7. Season and blend. 
Once blended I added chopped chili. Don't then touch your mouth, lips, ears....ANYTHING, until you've washed your hands. This might seem like common sense to 99.9% of people. However I'm slightly silly.

This is my favourite soup in the World. I'd actually probably prefer it with a little bit of coconut milk / cream over the top. What a hangover saviour!

Smutch x

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  1. I love chorizo ! I must admit, I'm not that good at making soup but sweet potato and chorizo sounds tasty x

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