Friday, January 14, 2011

I Know it Sounds Weird but . . . .





Yesterday, I made one of my favorite soups, Jalapeno Sweet Potato.  I know it sounds weird, but it's good -- really, I promise!  This recipe comes Cynthia Pedregon's cookbook, With Love, from Cynthia - A collection of recipes & remembrances.  She is the owner of The Peach Tree Tea Room in Fredericksburg, Texas, and everthing they serve there is amazing, but I especially love her soups!



I didn't have any ground cumin, so I had to smash up seeds.  I think this was better anyway -- kind of like fresh ground coffee is better, I suppose.



And you must make extra bacon pieces for serving. 



As we've already established, I'm a little lazy (plus feeling a little puny as I can not get rid of a stubborn croupy cough that I've had for weeks now ;(), so rather than write out the recipe for you, here's a photo (try to ignore my notes).  You can click on it to embiggen if you'd like.

Feeling a little poorly, cold weather, & and hearing some sad news about an old friend put me in need of some hot nourishing soup (what is it about soup anyway?), a cosy fire, some soothing knitting, and the company of my boys close by last night. 



cosy fire . . .


. . . soothing knitting (Hourglass Sweater) . . .   


(image via Cooking Channel)

. . . . and well, to be honest, a Whiskey Sour doesn't hurt a bit either (purely medicinal, of course) ^v^.

Have a good weekend, and stay warm!

♥ ♥ ♥

G

ETA:  Forgot to say -- my soup was a little thinner than I like it, so added a couple of tablespoons of beurre manie to thicken it up, and I also used my immersible blender instead of a potato masher. 


















15 comments:

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Hi G...it's been way to long since I visited with you. I was so glad to see you comment on our Wednesday Knit group. Why don't you join us...really...I'll put up a Linky and you can post your Wednesday knitting project...it doesn't have to be a sweater, but if you have one and want to join us that'd be great!

Mmmmmmm your soup looks and sounds so delicious! Some might thing it weird with jalapenos....not us Texans!

Denise said...

That soup looks delish, the fire so cozy... and I would love to join you for a cocktail :)
Happy weekend.

SuKnitWitty said...

Hi G....I'm back! Just wanted to let you know that I went ahead and added the Linky Tool to the Wednesday Knit Foursome Post. Join Us...We'd LOVE it!

Sue

Helen said...

Yum, looks really tasty. There is one ingredient that I havent come across (comino) but I guess I can always improvise, and I will have to research jalapenos. Hope you are soon feeling better, Gigi - i'm sure that the whiskey sour will soon have you on the mend!

From All Stitched Up said...

I hope you're feeling better soon. I think I need a whiskey sour. I haven't had one in ages. I'll have to get my bartender on it. I love your music!

Pom Pom said...

I wish I could pop over for a mug of that yummy soup. Bill and Jeff have been out of the country, so I have not really been cooking. I'm sort of tired of my makeshift dinners.
I wish your cough would high tail it out of here. I hope you have some good nighttime cough medicine. Wow, G. That knitting looks so good. You are so knitty.

GretchenJoanna said...

Embiggen...? Why am I only now learning this word? Did you just coin it?
Anyway, it definitely looks like a soup I would want to do that to.

Renna said...

While visiting my daughter and her boyfriend in Colorado over Thanksgiving week, he made a sweet potato soup for us. It was very similar, I think, to your recipe. Rather than jalepenos, I recall his had some kind of Thai pepper. It may have had curry in it, too (can't remember for sure). I was so surprised because I'd never heard of sweet potato soup before. He served it along with homemade ciabatta bread. It was delicious!

Judging from your snippets here and there, I can see that you have a gorgeous home. I'd love it if you took us on a photo tour of it someday. ;-)

Get well soon!

Gumbo Lily said...

I think your soup sounds wonderful and I would love to try it. I hope you will start feeling healthy soon. I'm certain that the whiskey sour will help the cough. In fact, an excellent cough remedy given by a doctor was: equal parts whiskey, lemon juice, honey. Take 2-3 tablespoons before bed. Or....put it in a mug and add some hot water just off the boil for a toddy.

Jody

wayside wanderer said...

Mmmmm...your soup looks yummy...and so does that whiskey sour (for my cough, of course). I love the scene of your fireplace and pictures on the wall. So warm and cozy. I am sorry about your friend. ~Leslie

Jessica said...

Hi mommy,
Oh goodness, you may just have one of the coziest blogs on the block. It's no surprise, you also have one of the coziest homes. I would love a photo tour of your home too!! You have the most exquisite taste. You have the magic. The same magic that Aunt Ruth had. Yes, you do!! The soup sounds yummy! Hope you are on your way to cheered up! I love you! Feel better soon.

Josie-Mary said...

Your soup looks lovely, hope you feel better soon... keep drinking the whiskey sours :)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog!! Found you through the Texas Blogging Gals page and came over to meet you, I love meeting fellow Texans and am your newest follower!! Hope you'll pop over for a visit often!! :)

Firefly said...

Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking time to leave such kind comments. I do appreciate every one!
Blessings,
GG

stitching under oaks said...

Keep taking time to take care of yourself. I hope you're feeling better soon. That baby llama yarn looks delicious and so does the soup!

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