Gone are the warm and humid summer days spent sipping icy cocktails, enjoying outdoor barbeques and relaxing at the beach or by a poolside. This year it feels as though winter has come early! And in the true spirit of winter, it’s all about keeping warm.
This means layering our clothing, igniting the heater and, most importantly, eating warm and comforting food. Why not try some new and uplifting recipes this winter?
‘My table – Eating Your Way Around Our World’ is a beautiful cookbook by Granite Transformations. From dinner in Northern Italy to brunch in Hong Kong, we help you create unique tastes and flavours from around the world. Fill your kitchen with the wonderful aromas of cuisine from India, Malaysia, Bulgaria, and many more exotic countries.
When you think of cold weather, what is the most suitable warming meal that comes to mind? Soup, perhaps? What is more soothing than watching a great movie, whilst snuggled under a blanket and enjoying a delicious broth. A delicious and simple soup can spice up a cool night.
Are you looking to make a soup with a little bit of an edge? How does South African Peanut Soup sound?
1 tablespoon [15 ml] peanut oil or olive oil
2 cups [500 ml] chopped onions
1 teaspoon [5 ml] red chilli, finely chopped
1 tablespoon [15 ml] grated fresh ginger root
1 cup [250 ml] carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cups [500 ml] sweet potato, peeled and chopped
4 cups [1 litre] chicken broth
2 cups [500 ml] tomato juice
1 cup [250 ml] peanut butter, creamy style
1 tablespoon [15 ml] sugar & Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Warm the oil in a large port over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onions and red chilli until softened, approximately five minutes. Add the ginger, carrots, sweet potato and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until all ingredients are cooked tender, approximately 30 minutes. Add the tomato juice, peanut butter and sugar, and bring back to a boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Working in batches, carefully transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return to the pot and heat through. Serve with a dollop of natural yogurt and chopped peanuts.
Want to add a Thai kick to the dish? Substitute a can of coconut milk for half the tomato juice and stir in 3 tablespoons [45 ml] fresh lime juice before serving.
Creating and experiencing different foods can make winter seem a little less dreadful. Our South African peanut soup will not help keep you warm this winter; it will also delight your taste buds!