I KNOW this doesn’t sound very appetising, and it’s very loudly green, but I love this soup. It’s fresh, funky and really can be on the table in 20 minutes. Perfect for meat-free Mondays or Summery any-days.
Serves 4 | Preparation time 5 minutes | Cooking time 15 minutes
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced (you can use regular potatoes if preferred)
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
800ml vegetable or chicken stock
4 cups frozen peas
4 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
150ml plain fat free yoghurt
Generous pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
WHAT TO DO
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, add the onions, potato and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add the stock, bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes until the potato is soft.
2. Add the peas and simmer for 3 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the mint, sugar, lemon juice and most of the yoghurt, leave to cool for a few minutes then blend.
3. Serve with a dollop of the remaining yoghurt, a few whole peas and a little chopped mint.
* You can serve this cold or hot. For hot re-heat before serving but do not boil.
* I think the ideal way to eat this is with a side of toasted ciabatta, drizzled with olive oil and then topped with parmesan slivers or goats cheese.
I should also mention that I’m still a little starry-eyed from the fabulous Food Bloggers Indaba 2011 here in Cape Town yesterday – I loved catching up with all my blogging crushes, putting faces to names and brainstorming how to be better in 2011. And there was some jolly good food and wine thrown in for good measure as well of course.
And let us not forget the incredible goodie bags from some amazing sponsors, who we are all extremely grateful to…
A voucher from Wang Thai Restaurant
The ever-funky people over at Yuppiechef and their partners Wusthof
My new friends at Pesto Princess
Woolworths TASTE Magazine – and a presentation from Abigail Donnelly herself nogal
Eat In and Eat Out Magazines
A brilliantly witty book titled ‘The People’s Guide to navigating the winelands in a shopping trolley’ by gurus Michael Olivier and Neil Pendock. Michael also presented a wine tasting and introduced me to my new fave Gewurztraminer, Barista Pinotage and Le Bonheur Prima 2007 wines
Olive oils and other goodies from Verlaque
The Food Lovers Market people gave us one of their beautiful down-to-earth cook books
Wines from Deetlefs and Wine Lover’s Collection
And more! Lucky us.