It’s supposedly Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year. It’s dark and we are all hitting a post Christmas low. It sounds to me like a way to flog us stuff when we feel a bit fed up rather than a real phenomenon. January always seems to be an odd month for diet industry to pedal light salads and low calorie food, today I ate a warm and comforting bowl of sunshine with my Mum. She’s just returned from a Caribbean holiday so I tried to give a little taste of it on a very wet and dreary day.
I’ve managed to come up with a drip proof recipe that allows our toddler to get soup from bowl to mouth with no spillages. If he gets in a strop and flings it at the wall it’s much easier to wipe up being all thick!
This soup is sweet, creamy and velvelty with a lots of flavour. Best of all it’s full of veggies without the children spotting them.
1 onion – roughly chopped
2 sticks of celery – roughly chopped
2 carrots – roughly chopped
1 dsp olive oil
1 garlic clove – finely chopped
1 red pepper – deseeded and roughly chopped
2 large sweet potatoes – peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika but you can use normal paprika if you can’t find sweet smoked
1 tsp ground cumin
1 vegetable stock cube made up with 2 cups of boiling water
1/2 can coconut milk (give it a really good shake before opening as the cream will separate to the top)
In a heavy saucepan fry the onion, celery and carrots in the olive oil until soft without browning. It’s best to do this with the lid on and stir regularly.
Add the garlic and stir, cook for a further minute.
Next add the ginger, paprika and cumin, cook for another minute followed by red pepper and sweet potato. Put the lid on and sweat for 5 minutes stirring regularly.
Pour over the stock and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in coconut milk and increase heat until the soup returns to a gentle simmer.
I use a stick blender to liquidise the soup until it is very smooth with a velvety texture. There is no reason for the children to know there were vegetables in this dish afterall…..
Serve with salt, pepper and I like a few splashes of tabasco sauce!
Please let me know how you get along making this bowl of sunshine. Sophie x