The Winds of Change…
Changing colours of the leaves
prepare for chilling winter breeze,
When they will blow from way up high,
to settle down here with you and I.
As days get shorter and nights get longer,
The air gets colder and the winds get stronger,
The winds of change blow summer away,
And inside’s the warmest place to stay.
To cook a yummy winter warmer
In your new home on Rowanwater.
Sweet Potato, Apple & Ginger Soup – The perfect Winter Warmer.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
2-3 tbsp olive oil or butter
2 tsp chopped fresh ginger, plus 1 extra tsp finely chopped, to garnish (optional)
450g sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large Bramley apple, peeled, cored and chopped
900ml vegetable stock, plus a little extra as necessary
Small bunch of fresh coriander, plus a few sprigs, chopped, to garnish
Lemon juice, to taste
2 pinches caster sugar
1 large dessert apple, cored and chopped, to garnish (optional)
4 tbsp yogurt or sour cream
How to make potato, apple and ginger soup
1. Fry the onion very gently, covered, in 2 tablespoons of the oil or butter for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and the sweet potato and fry gently, covered for another 6-8 minutes. (The vegetables should gently sweat rather than fry.) Add the apple, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, coriander and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, half covered, for 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potato and apple are tender.
2. Put in a blender to form a smooth soup, thin out if you like with a little more stock. Add some lemon juice and maybe a pinch of sugar to taste – depending on how sweet or tart your apples are. Reheat gently, but do not boil.
3. If you like an apple garnish, fry the apple and ginger gently in the remaining oil or butter until browned and just tender, add a good pinch of sugar and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Ladle the soup into hot bowls. Drizzle a spoonful of yogurt or sour cream over each bowl, then a spoonful of the apple (if using) and some chopped coriander. Grind over some black pepper, and serve.
Tip: A lovely soup to make with orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. The acidity in the apples balances out the sweetness of the potato, while the fresh ginger adds a warm, spicy background flavour.
If you have your own winter warmer recipes please share them with us. You never know, they may even make an appearance on the menu of the Cafe which will open on site once all plots are sold! Named after you, of course 🙂