If you love sweet potatoes or you have tried and enjoyed the Ginger and Butter Sweet Potato I posted last month then carry on reading…..
You know Cape Town weather is clearing up and we are saying goodbye to winter. Due to that I was a bit hesitant about posting a soup recipe but then again I remembered the folks in Joburg, Eastern Cape and other still chilly parts of the country. If it’s still chilly and raining where you are then you need to keep warm so this post is for you….
I wanted to make a sweet potato soup but I thought let me make it a Mzansi Style Cuisine original. So I made the soup from scratch using the ingredients that were at my disposal. My cousin who happens to be my flatmate as well as my guinea pic (she prefers that I call her my guinea lol) helped out with the tasting. She kept on saying there’s something missing, I then ended up adding a few spoons of the sour milk I had in the fridge. It gave the soup a rounded flavour and my guinea agreed. So I’m happy to present to you my lekker Creamy Sweet Potato Soup. You’re gonna love it! Happy Cooking!
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup Recipe
50ml dried soup mix
1.5L boiling water
1 medium sized sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 oxtail stock cube
1ml white pepper
2 sprigs coriander, chopped
5ml (1tsp) salt
30ml (2Tbsp) fresh cream
15-30ml thick and creamy amasi (sour milk)
I recently had the pleasure of cooking with one of my favourite South African food bloggers, Nina Timm. She invited me to cook one of my traditional creations in her lovely kitchen. This is not the first time I got to cook with the lady. You’ll remember her from the Pasella insert showcasing food bloggers….yeah, that’s right the Chocolate Tart lady…That’s Nina. You’ll find more of her creations on My Easy Cooking blog….but first you gotta finish reading my post…..
Nina asked me to prepare a simple recipe with only three to four ingredients to be featured on 100-104fm RSG. Which traditional dish consists of only three to four ingredients except for pap, you may wonder? Traditional dishes are very simple and cost effective. And even though some may look dull, don’t be fooled. Try them you’ll be surprised, they deliver on flavour. The dish I chose is all of that and more. I went for a ginger and butter sweet potato dish. Let me tell you why……..
Sweet potatoes are widely used in indigenous cooking due to their versatility, cost effectiveness and of course the nutritional benefits. Where I grew up we call it Ibatata (Batatas).
Sweet potatoes are used by the different South African clans in a variety of indigenous dishes. Some cook it with its skin and serve it in slices e.g. Jacket potatoes. They can also be used in soups, stews, curries, fried in the form of chips or wedges, used in baking such as scones etc. I can go on and on about the different dishes in which this veggie is used. My one colleague would cook it at home with the peel, pack it in a lunch box and then bring it to work and have it for lunch. Yup! Have them for lunch just like that…..Did I mention that they are cost effective and yet they take little time to prepare?
You know the older generation loves it, you would hear them say “Ndiyifunela leswekile yam” (I need it for my diabetes). LOL! I’m sure we’ll be like that when we get to that age.
Well, being beneficial in diabetes is just one of the benefits of sweet potatoes. They are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and B6. They are high in carbohydrates therefore a good source of energy. It’s been proven to be beneficial in arthritis, bronchitis, asthma, cancer etc. Sweet potatoes have higher fibre content than your normal potatoes making them good in aiding with digestion.
After going through the benefits of sweet potatoes mentioned above I’m sure now you understand why the older generation is more fascinated with the vegetable.
After cooking my dish we served it with Nina’s rice and meat balls dish. Yum!
Ginger & Butter Sweet Potato Recipe
1 big or 2 medium sweet potatoes, boiled in their jackets
30 ml (2tbs) butter
3 tbsp (45ml) white sugar
3ml ground ginger
This recipe is very simple, very easy to prepare and yes, it is very delicious! Enjoy!