We had a beer yesterday at a lovely brew pub in Hood River. We sat in the quiet bar looking out the window at a place that doesn’t quite feel like home yet but is drawing us in none the less. We have had a few moments of panic. Are we really doing this? Is this a huge mistake? What if we totally fail? AHHH!!! It’s crazy. Lots of deep breaths and pep talks have helped but it is still scary.
When I find myself in moments of panic there is one thing I can count on to help ease my nerves. My favorite apron, a wooden spoon, and a big old pot of soup simmering on the stove. It is extremely calming.
I made dinner for my parents last night. They have a wonderful kitchen and it felt good to stand in front of a normal size stove! Our kitchen in Massachusetts was SO tiny.
I wanted to make comfort food since Taylor and I have been feeling a little crazy. I stumbled upon a recipe for African sweet potato and peanut soup and new I had to try it.
This soup calmed us right down. We can’t wait for leftovers for lunch!
African Sweet Potato Soup with Peanut Butter inspired by: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com
1 tbs peanut oil (or olive oil)
1 tbs red Thai Kitchen curry paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded, cored and diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 14 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 quart veggie broth
1/2 cup natural peanut butter, melted in 1/2 cup boiling water.
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
large handful of chopped cilantro
juice from on large lime
2-3 tsp of brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the curry paste and cinnamon. Stir for a minute to infuse the oil with spice. Add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, sweet potato, and jalapeno. Stir and cook the veggies for about 5 minutes.
Add the black beans, broth, peanut butter (that was melted in the water) cilantro, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat once it has boiled and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Stir in the lime juice and brown sugar. Serve warm with a dash more of cilantro on top! Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as we did!