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Roast Sweet Potato and Pepper Soup

If you eat soup every week of winter, like I do, it can get difficult to come up with new ideas as to how to make them all different. Charles doesn’t believe in sweet potato soup because he reckons it’s too carb-based to be a light vegetable soup, but I reckon it’s ok every now and again, as it still counts as one of your 5-a-day, and it’s diluted by other vegetables and stock. It is quite hard to get flavour into root vegetable soups, but I always find that roasting the vegetables first can intensify the flavour of the various vegetables.


You will need:

4 smallish or 3 large sweet potatoes

2 large onions

4 cloves garlic

1 leek

3 medium carrots

1 apple

Olive oil

Chicken stock (I used 3 Knorr cubes)

3 tsp paprika

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp parsley

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp mild chilli powder

2 tsp ground coriander

Salt and pepper


1. Get your oven heated to 180c fan. Cover two large baking trays in tin foil. Cut the onions and leeks into large chunks and place on one of the trays along with the garlic (still in its skin). Splash on some oil, cover with tin foil to avoid crispy bits and shove in the oven. I left the tougher outer layers I usually remove on the vegetables to protect the inside of the veg   from too much heat.

2. Repeat with the sweet potatoes and peppers and the second tray, putting the flesh down and skin up, topping and tailing the sweet potatoes and removing the seeds and stalk from the peppers.  Shove in the oven uncovered so the skins with catch and be easy to remove. Roast both trays for around half an hour.


3. When the onions and lens have largely softened and started to brown, remove from the oven. Allow to cool until you can comfortably touch them, then remove the outer layers and stalks and chop into relatively small pieces. Add some oil to a soup pot and set it on a medium to high heat then add in the onions and leeks to continue to sweat down. Squeeze the garlic out of its skin.


4. Meanwhile, peel and chop the carrots and apple and add to the pot.

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5. Allow to cool down for 10 minutes or so while you deal with the rest of the veg.

 


6. Pull the peppers and sweet potatoes out of the oven. If they’re ready, the skin will be darker and wrinkly.


7. Pinch the skins and pull them away from the flesh. The sweet potatoes will be baked, like solid mash, so they can just be added to the pot and broken up with a spoon.

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8. Repeat with the peppers (the skin should be papery and peel away easily)but chop them up before adding to the pot.


9. Prepare and and the stock then put the lid on and allow to simmer for 40 minutes or so.


10. Add the spices etc, then finally, blitz with a stick blender or liquidiser. I always decant it into another bowl to avoid scratching my soup pot with the stick blender.

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If the consistency is too thick at any point, just add a little more water or stock. Enjoy for lunch all week and freeze what you won’t use! Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Wedges

These are a delicious and nutritious alternative to chips and go really well with anything spicy (they are a delight with chilli con carne) or dishes that don’t really have much in the way of sauce, like baked chicken or salmon.  I know this will seem like a pretty obvious recipe, but they are my go to when I want a substantial veggie accompaniment that’s lighter and tastier than potatoes, and dinner guests have asked for the recipe on a number of occasions.  You may not know that sweet potatoes count as one of your 5-a-day, whereas potatoes don’t, as they apparently don’t contain enough nutrients and vitamins.  By the way, do you guys in the US have the concept of 5-a-day or is it just an NHS thing?  I promise to share a sewing project soon – I have part of it drafted up but the instructions are going to be pretty mammoth!

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You will need (to feed 1):

sweet potato – 1 or 1/2 depending on how big the sweet potato is.  I find the size of these varies tremendously depending on supermarket and crop

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp chilli powder or cayenne pepper (optional)

oil for roasting

salt and pepper

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1.  Heat your oven to about 200C.

2.  Chop your sweet potato into wedge-shaped chunks, or cubes, as chunky or narrow as you’d like, bearing in mind that they will shrink with roasting.  When I started making these, I always peeled the sweet potatoes first, but Charles suggested leaving the skins on “because that’s where the nutrients are” (lazy boy) and we tried it.  Now, I leave the skin on every time – it goes chewy and marshmallowy and delicious – plus, no peeling! (Or washing up the peeler…urgh).

3.  Line a baking tray with foil (you may want to fold up the sides if it’s smaller than your tray and add a small glug of oil (sorry, I don’t measure my oil!) onto the foil, and swish it around a bit.  Put it into the oven to get the oil nice and hot  – about 5 mins or so should be fine.

4. Once your oil is nice and hot, remove the tray from the oven and quickly dump in the sweet potato, which should sizzle when it hits the oil.  Be careful here – the oil and tray will be ridiculously hot so please don’t burn yourself.  Toss the wedges in the oil so all sides are covered, with tongs, a fish slice or your hands  (I’m hard like that).

5. Sprinkle on your spices and seasoning and toss again.  Put back in the oven.

6. These take about 30 minutes to cook, depending hot your oven is, but check them after about 20 minutes. When they are looking golden, flip them over and they should only take about another 5 minutes from there.

7. Serve and enjoy!

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