Friday, January 25, 2013

Foodie Fridays | Sweet Potato + Leek Soup

When winter's chill sets in {and oh, how it has set in!} I long for simple comfort foods to warm my body and soothe my soul. Soup is one of my favourite simple meals - a satisfying and gentle way to satiate the appetite on a cold winter's night or the perfect lunch to carry me through a chilly afternoon. I often just look to see what vegetables I have in my fridge and then create from there. Here is a recent favourite that I hope to make again this weekend.


The Ingredients:
Whites {+ some green} of 3 leeks, washed + chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped
2 Tbsp ghee, extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 Tetrapak of organic chicken broth {946 ml}
1 tsp good flaky salt such as Maldon
Cracked pepper to taste

{I just love how simple ingredients can combine to create such rich and soothing flavour!}

The Method:

Wash, peel and chop the sweet potatoes and leeks. In a large pot, heat the ghee {or olive oil or coconut oil} and add leeks. Soften leeks over medium-high heat and then add sweet potatoes. Toss together and add in spices, then slowly add the broth. Simmer everything together for 20-30 minutes {or more} until the sweet potatoes break apart easily with your spoon. Either use an immersion hand blender to purée the soup or cool it and transfer to your blender. Purée until velvety smooth. Drizzle with a good extra virgin olive oil and garnish with fresh herbs such as cilantro or dill. Enjoy!

Wishing you all a warm + happy weekend filled with adventure, be it in your kitchen or on the slopes!


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