So this week Kasia and I have unfortunately caught the horrible lurgy flu floating around St Andrews at the moment and have been hobbling around at home unable to do anything except watch too many House of Cards episodes.
So yesterday we decided to try our best to kick the cold by making a power-packed warm soup full of vitamins to soothe our throats and fix us from the inside out…using only ingredients we had in the pantry already. We felt so much better after having this soup, we’re making it again for lunch today.
Ginger and garlic are great for the immune system and have been used as home remedies against colds for ages. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer. Kale, carrots and sweet potato are packed with vitamins and fibre, and chilli clears your sinuses. winning. All together, not including herbs and spices, it cost us around £1.50 for a batch of about 2 very generous bowls of soup.
So here’s the recipe for our miraculous ‘get well soon’ carrot, kale and sweet potato soup:
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
4 carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 sprig of rosemary (about a tablespoon)
1 spring of thyme (about a tablespoon)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 thumb-size chunks of chopped ginger
Pinch of chilli powder to taste
2 teaspoons turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
Half a litre of stock or bouillon
Two handfuls of kale (this can vary depending on how much you like kale)
In a heat-proof ceramic dish, drizzle the chopped sweet potato and whole garlic cloves with olive oil and honey, and season with rosemary, thyme, and a pinch of salt
Roast in the oven at 180°c until very soft
Moderately heat a large saucepan and fry roasted vegetables, freshly chopped ginger, tumeric and chili powder for only one or two minutes
Add stock and kale to the saucepan
Cover saucepan and simmer until kale is soft
Blend until smooth, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot