Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup for #SundaySupper

Feb 24, 2013 by

Winter is wonderful for many reasons. Sure it is cold, but you get to indulge just a little and have foods that you probably wouldn’t have in warmer weather. I love a good hearty thick soup with texture and things to chew on. But I’m not opposed to a rich flavourful broth filled with goodness. This our Souper #SundaySupper edition. You guessed it ~ its all about soups. We will be sharing soups that can be loved year round. Our lovely host this week is Pam from The Meltaways. Whatever your fancy, we will have a soup for your liking.

I am sharing a soup from a cookbook by Levi Roots called Caribbean Food Made Easy. I adore the soups in this book. The last one I made was Black Bean Soup with Hot Roast Pepper Cream and it was wonderfully delicious. This recipe, Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup, is just as wonderful with a bright colour, rich in beta carotene, fibre and other nutrients. I chose to omit the scotch bonnet pepper this time though. I really wanted the kids to try it :-) A little heat will bring this soup to the next level.

 Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup1

 

Oh, and for those who are unfamiliar with the term “Ital” it is a term mostly used by Rastafarians and means pure and natural (pertaining to food and lifestyle). Ital is a derivative of the word Vital.  Ital Food, is food that is produced from the earth. Ideally, this food is grown without pesticides or as we say in North America, Organic. But aside from that, it is basically a vegetarian way of life. Not all the ingredients in this recipe were organic, but I feel really good about it regardless :-)

 

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Ital
Image created by Lyn of The Lovely Pantry

 

(I could totally live like this if only I didn’t like a little thing called bacon.)

 

Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Pure Carrot Juice
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 540ml Can Salt Free Chickpeas, drained
  • 4 cm Chunk of creamed coconut (I used Grace brand Cream of Coconut)
  • 1 Inch Fresh Ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely minced
  • Leaves from 2 Springs Fresh Thyme (about a tsp)
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach, washed and dried (cut into thin strips just before adding to the soup)
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (optional)
  • A pinch of Black Pepper
  • Fat Free Sour Cream to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring carrot juice to a gentle boil. Remove any foam that develops with a spoon and discard.
  2. Add sweet potatoes, chickpeas, creamed coconut, ginger, garlic and thyme.
  3. Cover and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes
  4. Check to see that the sweet potato is soft enough to mash.
  5. Using an immersion blender (or potato masher) blend to your desired consistency
  6. Stir to combine. The soup will be thick. If it is too thick, adjust consistency to your liking by adding more carrot juice
  7. Cover and simmer for about 2 minutes
  8. Shred the spinach
  9. Stir the soup and add the spinach. Cover and simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  10. Add butter and stir before serving
  11. Season with black pepper
  12. Garnish with sour cream (optional)

Notes

Adapted from Caribbean Food Made Easy

http://lovelypantry.com/2013/02/ital-carrot-and-sweet-potato-soup-for-sundaysupper/

 

I used packaged cream of coconut, but if I were in the tropics I would (or perhaps get someone else to) crack open a coconut and get the milk from it!

 

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Ingredients to make Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

 

Not often do you hear of a broth being replaced by the juice of a vegetable. I loved that the carrot juice was the base of this soup. Thankfully Organic Carrot Juice is available for purchase. This soup was ready in under an hour. Imagine adding juicing time to that plus clean-up. This way is much better. You may have noticed that salt was not added to this soup. I was tempted to add it but I found that the flavour was great without it! Truly Ital!

 

Ital Carrot & Sweet Potato Prep

Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Puree using an immersion blender to your desired texture and consistency. Add spinach after blending.

 

I chose to serve this wonderful soup with some homemade bread. I toasted it and added butter while the bread was still hot. Pure bliss! I’ll be sharing the recipe for this very, very special bread soon.

 

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Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

 

Although the sour cream was optional, I enjoyed it so much with this soup!! It was perfect on its own, but the tangy flavour with the natural sweetness of the soup was a great combination. This soup is hubby approved! He loved it and also loved that it was Ital :-)

 

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Ital Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

 

The #SundaySupper team have some amazing soups to share with you. Please take your time and find inspiration from the recipe links below:

Chicken (or other poultry) Soups

 

Beef Soups

 

Pork (or Sausage) Soups

 

Seafood Soups

 

Vegetables Soups

 

Chilled Soups

 

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Jamaican Blue Drawers for #SundaySupper

Jan 6, 2013 by

Welcome to the first #SundaySupper of 2013! I’m so grateful when I am able to participate and I’m more than happy to jump right on in at the start of the new year. Today’s theme is Whats on your recipe bucket list? My recipe bucket list is quite long. There were a few things I wanted to start off with but then I remembered that I promised myself that I’d make Blue Drawers. It’s a very simple sweet pudding that has been around for decades in Jamaica. I only knew about it as an adult and was surprised to know that some of my friends have only heard about it, but have never had it. I guess its something that our grandmothers would make. I’m no grandma, but I love exploring my heritage and learning about the food from the land of my birth. So let’s go!

Please check out all the exciting recipes that the #SundaySupper family have to share. I’m looking forward to seeing the dishes that we are all making for the very first time! I’ll consider this the post to kick off my bucket list recipes.

Blue Drawers (you might also see it as Blue Draws) has a few aliases … Tie-A-Leaf, Duckoono/Dokunnu and Boyo. It is originally a West African dish (Dokunu) that was traditionally made with plantains, but modern versions are made with cornmeal, sweet potato, green banana, cassava, or a combination of your preference. Blue Drawers is essentially a boiled pudding that is considered a treat because it is sweet as opposed to savory. Along with the selection of ingredients mentioned previously, grated coconut is always added. Consider this a mandatory ingredient. What really got me interested in making Blue Drawers, was that each portion is boiled in a banana leaf secured with thin strip of banana bark. Something about it just seems so rustic, and pure. I love that in Jamaica, it is pretty much still prepared that way. I always wondered about how this pudding ended up with the name “Blue Drawers”. Well, according to the National Library of Jamaica, it was given the nickname Blue Drawers because the banana leaves apparently have a blue hue once they are cooked. Well. Okay then! Who knew?

The fact that I did not have banana leaves did not stop me from preparing this pudding. I used the alternative…foil! It doesn’t look as rustic and earthy but it’s what I have access to. And it worked just great. I also added my very own special touch to this Jamaican treat ~ a simple coconut glaze with a hint of citrus to break up that coconut essence just a little bit.

 Jamaican Blue Drawers Collage

 

 

Jamaican Blue Drawers

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Jamaican
Author: Lyn via “Cook Up Jamaican Style, 4th Edition”
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 6
A traditional Jamaican dessert or snack made from cornmeal, coconut milk and raisins
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/3 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • ***
  • Coconut Orange Glaze
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/8 Tsp Pure Orange Extract
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, mixed spice, shredded coconut and raisins
  2. In a small bowl, add coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. Mix to combine
  3. Add the coconut milk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and mix with a spoon until combined
  4. Prepare 12 sheets of foil, 12″ X 8″
  5. Using a standard ice-cream scoop, place a scoop of batter into the center of the foil sheets, and fold the foil around each scoop to form parcels
  6. Place the parcels in pot enough boiling water to cover them completely
  7. Cook on medium high heat for about an hour
  8. Remove each parcel with tongs and place on a bowl.
  9. Carefully unwrap each parcel over a few sheets of paper towels as some water may drip out
  10. For the glaze: In a small bowl, add coconut milk, and confectioners sugar. Whisk until well combined and smooth. Add orange extract and combine.
  11. Add glaze on top of each pudding once cooled
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I took this photograph in August for 2012 while I was visiting Jamaica during the Jamaica 50 celebrations (Jamaica celebrated its 50th year of independence). I only knew of Blue Drawers by name. I had not had it at this point. Then a friend of mine gave me some that his mother had made. I knew that even if it was just once, I would make Blue Drawers. So keep in mind that this is how they would have been presented if I had banana leaves.

 

Jamaican Blue Drawers

Jamaican Blue Drawers

 

In terms of the main ingredient, I did make a very slight change. I used golden raisins instead of regular raisins.

 

Golden Raisins

Golden Raisins

 

I combined the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients to make a moist batter.

 

Blue Drawers Prep

Combining ingredients to make Blue Drawers

 

Combining the batter was easy, and so was the parcel preparation. There was no particular way in which to fold the parcels, so I just made them the best I could. Utilizing the scoop ensured that each pudding would be identical in size. I got exactly 12 scoops using this recipe. I made my parcels fairly small. I cut the ingredients in half in order to keep the servings small.

 

Jamaican Blue Drawers Parcels

Jamaican Blue Drawers – Preparing the parcels for boiling

 

Cooled Blue Drawers

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Jamaican Blue Drawers

 

I think adding the glaze gave it a modern touch. I enjoyed it with the glaze. The orange essence is very subtle.

 

Jamaican Blue Drawers with an Orange Coconut Glaze

Jamaican Blue Drawers
with an Orange Coconut Glaze

 

I hope you enjoyed this item from my bucket list. Whats next on your recipe bucket list?

 

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Sunday Supper Main Dishes:

Sunday Supper Desserts and Snacks:

 

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Red Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Goldenberries, Edamame and a Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

May 25, 2012 by

Some women buy shoes. Others buy clothes, or even make up. I use to be one of those women. I do get the occasional urge to indulge every now and again. But my real problem is visiting my health food store. Lets face it. Some of the things I use aren’t sold at the conventional grocery stores and if they are, I end up paying more than I would at the health food store. At least, that has been my personal experience. I no longer buy quinoa from the supermarket. No way! Another thing I like about my health food store is that I learn about a new ingredient upon every single visit. If I see something that peaks my interest, all I have to do is ask about it. I really enjoy going there.

Upon my last trip, I grabbed a few items, Red Quinoa was one of them. I’ve been using the regular Quinoa for a few years now but I really wanted to try the red, even just for the colourful appeal. I imagined its rich deep red colour against something green or yellow. I was flipping through Fine Cooking’s Magazine – CookFresh Spring 2012 edition, and saw a beautiful recipe using Red Quinoa. I didn’t have all the ingredients but it inspired me to get some things together. I picked up a pack of dried Goldenberries (also known as cape gooseberries) at an event a few weeks ago and I thought this was an awesome time to experiment with them.

 

Red Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Goldenberries, Edamame and a Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

 

Red Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Goldenberries, Edamame and a Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Lyn adapted from Fine Cooking
Prep time: 25 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 2
A gluten-free, vegetarian meal that can be ready in minutes.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp Raisins
  • 2 Tbsp Goldenberries
  • 3 Tbsp Edamame, thawed from frozen
  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth (or water, if you prefer)
  • 1 Large Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/8 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/8 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Medium Avocado, pitted and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 Scallion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, soak the raisins and goldenberries in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a small pot, add quinoa, a pinch of salt and a cup of vegetable broth to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer until all the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes
  3. Fluff quinoa and remove from heat and allow to cool
  4. Grate zest from the lemon and combine with the juice from the lemon in a small bowl
  5. To the lemon juice, add olive oil, cumin, paprika and a pinch of salt, whisk to combine
  6. In a medium bowl, toss vinaigrette with quinoa, raisins, goldenberries, edamame, avocado and scallion.
  7. Plate and serve, enjoy.

 

I wish I could tell you that there was more to it than this, but just put the ingredients into a bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Plate and serve.

 

Red Quinoa, Avocado, Raisins, Edamame, Goldenberries, Scallions

 

This is an excellent way to use up left over quinoa. Regular White Quinoa can be used if you don’t have the red. It will taste just as good and look just as lovely.

 

Red Quinoa and Avocado Salad with Goldenberries, Edamame and a Lemon-Cumin Vinaigrette

 

Happy Friday Friends!

 

~Lyn

 

 

 

 

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