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PEA AND POTATO SOUP

There is nothing more soothing that warm, wholesome soup. This recipe is made with 2 main ingredients; Peas and potatoes and a little bit of kitchen magic! 

PEA AND POTATO SOUP

There is nothing more soothing that warm, wholesome soup. This recipe is made with 2 main ingredients; Peas and potatoes and a little bit of kitchen magic! 

PEA AND POTATO SOUP

There is nothing more soothing that warm, wholesome soup. This recipe is made with 2 main ingredients; Peas and potatoes and a little bit of kitchen magic! 

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

FOR THIS QUICK RECIPE YOU WILL NEED

SHOPPING LIST

  • 1 x packet Natures Garden, Garden Peas (1kg)
  • 3 x medium potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 x medium white onion
  • Veggie stock powder
  • 1 x cream (500 ml)
  • 1 x punnet fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper

QUANTITIES OF INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x packet Natures Garden, Garden Peas (1kg)
  • 3 x medium size potatoes, remove skin and cut into cubes
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 x medium onions diced
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of veggie stock powder
  • 300 ml boiling water
  • ½ x cup cream ( have a little extra to drizzle on top of soup when plating)
  • Sprinkle of fresh thyme to sauté in the soup and an additional sprinkle to garnish the soup when plating
  • Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. In a medium pot, pre-boil your cubed potatoes. It’s easier to boil them till they’re cooked right through, as that would reduce your cooking time later on. Once boiled, drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil and a 3 cubes of butter. Allow to melt.
  3. Once melted add your diced onions and sauté.
  4. Now add a sprinkle of fresh thyme and sauté further till the onions are translucent.
  5. Then, add your boiled potato cubes and sauté until the potato cubes are beautifully coated with a little bit of colour.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and give another stir for aprox. 2 minutes.
  7. Now add your Natures Garden frozen peas into the pot. Take them out of the freezer, snip the packet and directly into the pot and mix, mix and then mix some more! Keep it on the stove and gently toss with a spoon.
  8. In the meantime take 300 ml of boiling water and add 1 and a half teaspoons of powdered veggie stock. If you want a more pronounced vegetable flavour, you can add an additional teaspoon of powdered veggie stock, just increase the boiling water by an additional 100 ml. Mix thoroughly till the powdered stock has completely dissolved in the boiling water and pour into your pot. Stir until all the ingredients have been coated with the liquid in the pot. Make sure your heat is medium. You don’t want the veggies to catch at the bottom of the pot. Simmer for 25 minutes.
  9. Once done, take the pot off the stove and using your hand blender smooosh and smoosh until the peas and potatoes are all completely smooshed!
    If you don’t have a hand blender you can pour the soup mixture into a large counter mixer or smoothie mixer. But you would need to blend a little at a time if your mixer isn’t big enough.
  1. Once beautifully blended and smooth it’s time for the cream. Pour half a cup of your cream into the pot, add salt and pepper to taste, mix well and you are ready to serve in your bowl of choice.
  2. Add a little drizzle of cream on the top, add a sprinkle of fresh thyme

And you’re ready to eat.

Serve with toasted bread or some  warm ciabatta or eat as is.

The following day, soup always tastes better; it’s had time to absorb all the flavours.

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