Tonight I made dinner again, with Owen. He had an idea for a soupapalooza type of situation with three different types of soups and plenty of bread, which I was into. I ended up chopping some carrots and stirring his two soups here and there, but mainly making a sweet potato soup. I made twice as much as the recipe I’m going to give you, and it was an appropriate amount for 20 people each eating three types of soup.
Sweet Potato Soup (modified from this recipe from Almost Bourdain ):
some olive oil
2 regular-sized sweet potatoes (I used 5 small ones)
1 white/yellow onion
2 garlic cloves
1. Poke holes in the sweet potatoes with a fork and put them in the oven for a little while, at a high temperature, until they are soft. My suggestion would be 350 degrees for half an hour, but I didn’t actually keep track of time nor temperature.
2. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Once it’s hot, put in the onion (chopped), the carrots (chopped), the baked sweet potatoes (chopped), and the garlic (pressed, or chopped if you don’t mind your fingernails smelling like garlic). Let them saute for 5-10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, boil 5 cups of water in another saucepan. You can also use vegetable broth, or some other kind of stock, but I did not do that.
4. Pour the boiling water onto the vegetables and reduce to low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Allow to cool a bit, then transfer to a blender and blend into a beautifully smooth puree of orange deliciousness.
6. Season with pepper and garnish with parsley.
In reality, step five went this way:
5. a) Allow to cool a bit, then transfer to a blender and realize that the blender does not work whatsoever.
b) Freak out a whole lot.
c) In the end, strain the liquid into a bowl, then transfer batches of the non-liquid into a tiny mortar and pestle. Once mashed, pour into the bowl. Then repeat the process, going from the bowl back to the original pot.
d) Whisk the mixture so that it looks more like soup than mashed bits suspended in liquid.
e) Change out of the shirt you are wearing which is now covered in tiny bits of carrots and sweet potatoes, then eat a bowl of soup with some bread, and then eat a bowl of the vegan soup Owen made, and then blog about it.
Tomorrow morning I’m phoning in the food order for the first day and a half of camp! I’m excited.