A quick look at the front page of the site shows projects uploaded by woodworkers, knitters, welders, electricians and artists. It is safe to say we are an eclectic group, but we are brought together by a common desire to create and share. Although, we come from diverse backgrounds, I would hazard a guess that many of us first began "making" things in the kitchen. I always love the similarities between the kitchen, studio and workshop. Places where you need to know the basic principles and tools in order to get started, where experience lurks behind every corner waiting to teach a lesson you can't learn any other way, where a little knowledge and perseverance brings great rewards. All of these places are just waiting for that spark to strike, waiting for a little inspiration.
Inspiration comes from many places, but in this case it comes from the ingredients and a little cold weather. To me nothing says comfort food like the smell of fresh baked bread and a big pot of soup slowly simmering on the stove. The legendary Auguste Escoffier , said "Soup puts the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite." That is pretty high praise for such a simple dish, but I could not agree more.
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Step 1: The Gathering...
1 Tablespoon of oil, I use canola oil
1 cup of chopped onion
1 garlic clove chopped or 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of curry paste
1 Tablespoon of fresh ginger, grated
4 cups of peeled sweet potatoes, cubed, 1 medium potato makes about 1 cup
1 red or yellow sweet bell pepper, chopped and deseeded
3 - 14.5 oz cans of chicken stock
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 Tablespoon of Captain Rodney's Mango Fire Hot Sauce
2 Tablespoons of light rum (optional)
Dollop of sour cream and dash of paprika, per serving
Controlled heat source, I used a standard gas cooktop
A vegetable peeler
A sharp knife and cutting surface
Measuring cups and spoons
A cooking vessel, I use a 5.25 quart enameled cast iron pot
Stirring utensil, I opted for my favorite wooden spatula
A blender, actually an immersion blender is perfect for this recipe but I do not have one so I use a standard blender.
Once you have gathered your materials and tools, you can move on to...