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.