Monday, 9 February 2009

Potato, Pea & Coconut Soup

I love potatoes so I was thrilled to see that this month's No Croutons Required event was a Potato Challenge.

Due to snow (and other factors) we have very little fresh veg in at the moment, but we do have potatoes, so when I was looking through the cupboards trying to think what to make for lunch today it seemed like the obvious time to come up with a suitable soup recipe from the things I always have in the pantry.

The result was (in my ever-so-humble opinion) delicious, with the sweetness of the peas and coconut balancing against the heat of the chilli. Definitely an experiment I'll be making again.

Potato, Pea & Coconut Soup (serves 2)

2 medium potatoes
50g creamed coconut
300ml vegetable stock
1/2tsp chilli flakes
1/4 fresh nutmeg, grated (this is a lot of nutmeg, you may want to start with less and see how you feel)
black pepper to taste
large handful of frozen peas

  1. Finely chop the potatoes and add to pan with stock, creamed coconut, and seasonings.

  2. Simmer over a low heat for 30-40 minutes, adding extra boiling water if necessary.

  3. Use a potato masher to crush the potatoes (for a smoother texture, you could use a blender) then add the peas and heat for a further five minutes.

  4. Serve up & enjoy!


mo.stoneskin said...

That looks and smells delicious-don't laugh, I actually can smell across the blogosphere. I may have to post my latest sweet potato soup recipe to bring in a bit of complementary rivalry.

Vodka Mom said...

That looks delicious!! Of course potatoes aren't good for me!!! (or my ass(

Vodka Mom said...

I love that recipe!!!

now I'm hungry. dammit.

veggie belly said...

This is interesting, Ive never had soup with peas and cocnut cream before! Sounds rich and comforting..

Shai Coggins said...

Hmmm... never thought of combining these ingredients yet. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! :-)

And thanks again for your encouraging words of support over at my blog. I really appreciate it!

Kazzy said...

Very interesting combo. Sounds really great!

Pam said...

I like the addition of the coconut!

Chef E said...

I saw this and thought YUM girl, I would so eat this up, and I love soup! Have you ever looked at my food blog? The Behind The Wheel Chef

Rachel Cotterill said...

Mo - I can see I still have to work on my blogging skills, I haven't got the sense of smell yet :)

VodkaMom - how are potatoes not good for you?! they're vegetables! I live off potatoes...

veggie belly - it was quite rich

Shai - thanks for visiting, hope everything is going well for you :)

Kazzy - I was just sort of hunting through the cupboards and seeing what might go together.... it's funny what you can do even with no fresh ingredients in the house!

Pam - I love anything with coconut :)

Chef E - you have sooo many blogs, I have looked at them all but not every day! :)

Lilly's Life said...

Oh that looks delicious. Potatoes are ok for you it's just what we cook them in or what we put on them that's no good for us. Think of the Irish who lived on them. I am going to try this when it gets cooler of course.

Emmie said...

wow, cocnut in soup?? Genius! I would never have considered it so therefore it must be delicious! What an idea! :o) x

Rachel Cotterill said...

Lilly - absolutely, I think I must've been Irish in a previous life.

Emmie - I'm a bit surprised how many people have said that they hadn't thought of coconut soup... creamed coconut just melts in so well :)

Anonymous said...

I'm sure I would just love this! And that my kids won't... love the combination of creamy coconut and chili and pots...

I had to skip past your Pudding Club photos as I'm allergic to all puddings thanks to bad boarding school food.

Debbie said...

I could lick the bowl! That looks great. I can't believe you just whipped that up.

holler said...

The coconut is a nice touch Rachel. Thanks for entering your soup into No Croutons Required. The round-up and voting poll will be up and running over at Tinned Tomatoes on the 21st of Feb. Good Luck!

KC said...

Coconut and potatoes always go well together. The soup looks wonderful!

Lo said...

Great stuff. I love the coconut milk in this dish. Thanks for entering the round-up, as it brought me right back to you!

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