Monday, May 2, 2011

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup


Would I have been enjoying this soup at Sweet Melissa's in Laramie, life would have been quite grand, however, I had the great joy of recreatin Sweet Melissa's soup using this recipe and slurpping down the results with one heck-uva-good-lookin' man!


In a saucepan heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.  Saute 1 large onion, chopped for about 10 minutes, add in 2 cloves garlic, minced , 2 teaspoons minced fresh root ginger1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 pinch ground cloves. Stir in 3 medium tomatoes, chopped, 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped, and 1 carrot, peeled and chopped continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.

Pour 1 litre water into the saucepan, season with salt and bring to boil and reduce to simmer for about 30 minutes.
Remove soup from heat and begin the blending process (blender, food processor or immersion blender are all fine options) add to the soup mix 40g chopped, unsalted peanuts before blending. Season with 1 pinch cayenne pepper and return to saucepan and medium-low heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, heat through. Garnish with 1 bunch chopped fresh coriander. For a real treat, enjoy with corn bread!

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