Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup


(EDIT: It's just occurred to me that although I can't post recipes for a while, I can still recommend good ones! If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter I'll keep you posted with links to the best recipes by other bloggers I've tried. ^^)

Blog Update: I need to start with an apology for being so scatty as of late with posts. Sadly, apart from this one, you won't be seeing any more from me here until December :( It's due both to busyness and lack of equipment: the cameras I use are far away in Scotland and Norway with their respective owners. I'd love to get a proper camera of my own, but at the moment, with the limited time/facilities available for blogging, it just isn't practical... I have a glut of recipes written down and yet to be created for you though, so do come back round Christmas ;) 

Because I find it difficult to shut up, my intention is now to increase the activity on my other blog - it'll be largely text-driven due to the aforementioned lack of camera, and of course won't (usually) be anything to do with food, but its possible that for those of you are here due to an interest in veganism that extends beyond food (or perhaps you like my writing style...? ^^) the above link may be of interest, or at least a kitten-free way to kill a few minutes.

I'll leave you with this recipe. I finished it several months back but for some reason never posted it - I thought it was a cute little chunk of text so I've left it as-is. (The interchangability of sweet potato and pumpkin, though, does make this recipe fairly well-timed for post-Halloween. :P)

Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup



Ok, so I know its the middle of summer. And I've actually got some fantastic ice-cream recipes coming up. And I'm generally really not a soup person at all. Not one bit. 

But today I was ill. Very ill. And my poor red throat wasn't happy with the idea of anything solid today for lunch, thank you very much. So I threw this together.


In keeping with my poor ickle helpless state of being, I wanted lunch to happen on the stove in five seconds flat. The majority of the cooking here is done by the oven - just pull the potatoes out, quickly fry the spices and flavourings, then blend the lot together. Smooth and comforting, with garlic, turmeric, and nutrition-rich sweet potatoes, this soup is ideal "get-well" food. Its also delicious and very filling.

Being ill isn't so bad.


Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

by Shonalika Tilak
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 15-20 mins
Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 4 smallish sweet potatoes (500g)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can freshly boiled water (Measure in coconut can after emptying it)
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small cube of ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Heat oven to 200C and roast potatoes for 45mins-1hr.
2. Prep vegetables. Heat oil in a pan and saute onions until soft and slightly translucent.
3. While onions are cooking, remove sweet potatoes from the oven, peel and roughly chop.
3. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, and saute for another minute. Then add coconut milk, water, and sweet potatoes, and bring to just under boiling.
4. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and, with an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth.
5. Season to taste and let cool slightly before serving.
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