Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yummy Spicy Potato Soup

Potato soup brings back fond memories from my school days. We used to walk or catch a bus home from school most days. In winter there would very often be a big pot of potato soup bubbling away on the stove, ready for us when we came in. It was made for us by our Xhosa nanny, Aggie, who was a big part of our family. Aggie did much of the cooking and would often chase me out of the kitchen when I came to "steal" out of her pots. I loved Aggie and she was like a second mom to the four of us!

I tried my hand at some potato soup and if I dare say so myself, I think it is much nicer than the one Aggie used to make for us! As I love tweaking and changing recipes here and there, it is a combination of two different recipes I found on-line. 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 and a half kg mixed potatoes (sweet and normal) peeled and chopped
2 large onions diced
4 carrots sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
2 or 3 teaspoons grated ginger
2 or 3 cloves garlic
2 chillies finely sliced (use less if you not too fond of fire!)
half a teaspoon of nutmeg
salt and pepper 
1 tablespoon of harissa paste
1 and half litres chicken stock 
fresh coriander to garnish if you like

* soften the onions in the oil
* add potatoes, carrots, ginger, garlic, sugar and spices and stir until well combined
* add chicken stock and allow to cook until veg are soft
( I use my pressure cooker so it goes quickly)
* blend and serve piping hot with finely chopped coriander

This soup is really filling so we found we didn't even need bread on the side.
Bon Appetit!


  1. Yes, good old Aggie.... vetkoek and white bread, vicks, bricks under the bed, and aggie burgers.

  2. ooh and samp and beans stolen from her pot too Cath!


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