For whatever reason I am going to write about another soup, something new, something I've never cooked before. I truly love to experiment with new ingredients, new recipes ... I am never worried I might not like it or my husband might not like it ... the truth is that ... if you don't try something new... you will be stuck in an illusionary circle of "safety" and in time boredom and even intolerance (but about this at another time)
So, cardamon .... the first time I came across it was in 1995 when I started to work for a few traders from Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan ..... as it is their custom, doing business is always better with a cup of coffee or tea in front of you and even better over a meal .. something they are very good at organising and cooking. So my first taste of cardamon came while sipping one of their Turkish style coffees with .. a few pods of cardamon or a pinch of ground cardamon. I loved the taste from the very beginning and to this day I use cardamon daily in my coffee..... I love the smell, the taste and also it reminds me of past experiences I really treasure.
As we've recently acquired a freezer I am eager to try new recipes of soups and not only ... something to cook and store easily for the days when I am too tired and I want to simply pick something up from the freezer and just heat up.
The recipe below I have not only tried but loved and it will be clearly part of my cooking "repertoire" and also it will be in a creative book I am currently preparing.
What do you need as ingredients? Here you are ...
2 tbsp melted coconut oil or sunflower oil
1 red /white onion chopped finely
a small piece of fresh ginger grated
2 garlic cloves grated
2 medium size sweet potatoes peeled and diced
1 tsp ground cardamon
400 ml coconut milk
750 ml vegetable stock
juice of 1/2 lemon or lime ( I love lemon in my soups so I use the juice of 1 lemon)
fresh coriander chopped
roasted coconut flakes (optional)
What's next? Simple ... just add all of the above in a pot, on the stove .. boil everything until the potatoes are soft ... blend them and ... voila ... start eating ... of course you can add the coriander at the end and the coconut flakes or you can blend them as well.
One last thing about the cardamon ... apparently cardamon has a great stress relieving effect on the body, regulates blood pressure, stimulate the metabolism and improves digestion.
Actually another last thing from me ....when I cook I always have music in the background or even a talk or a movie on the go ... when I write ...it s the same thing ... today ... I've been listening to a superb qawwali concert - the Nooran Sisters are superb performers and singers so ... a feast for the ears and eyes ... listen to them.