Hi everyone! I’m back again. No matter what, I will always return to my little blog.
So…during my most favorite, spookiest month of the year (also my birthday month), I finally have all the evidence that I am an actual, real kitchen witch with magical powers. How do I know this, you ask? Well, let’s start at the beginning.
When I moved in with my boyfriend (then friend of 13 years), He wasn’t home when I walked in. He had left the door unlocked for me before he got home later that evening. I walked into the cute little bungalow in the country and started looking around at my new dwelling. I instantly felt at home there. I walked into the little kitchen and my eyes went straight to the spice rack. And I found…..salt, pepper, Taco Bell fire sauce packets, and Papa Johns garlic dipping sauce. I sighed at the bachelor spice rack.
During the next few days I found out he had absolutely no liking for vegetables and existed mainly on Taco Bell and frozen pizza. I knew I had to make a change.
He got sick one day, and I instantly jumped at the opportunity. I got all the ingredients for my chicken soup recipe, which includes a very simple variety of chicken soup recipes: onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. A simple mirepoix. When I served it to him, he took a small sip, and emitted a sound someone makes when they indulge in extremely fine chocolate. He ate the whole thing and admitted that he loved it, vegetables and all.
Throughout the next few months, I made it my mission to slowly introduce vegetables into his diet. Then, during one trip to my parents’ house, I saw on Facebook that he had attempted his own soup, of JUST veggies! My plan was working.
I made a vegan broccoli cheese soup. He devoured it.
Then we bought a new house and cooking went on the back burner as we packed and tried to blow through leftovers and frozen food before moving day. And then when we did move in, we became so busy unpacking and organizing, cooking was still a bit on the back burner. I slowly got back into it, making the chicken soup he loves so much soup, then making Phillies that he loves even with bell peppers in them. Then I decided to try spinach. I made Mediterranean lamb wraps with spinach, feta, and kalamata olives. He took a bite and hugged me. I decided it was time…time to see if I could make him like one of his most detested vegetables: sweet potatoes.
Now, I LOVE sweet potatoes. I love how gnarly they can look, I love the way they smell, how they come into season in the fall, and how a bowl of warm sweet potato soup on a chilly fall night can warm the soul (Just kidding, it’s still 90 degrees in SC lol).
So last night, I set forth. First of all, I decided to add bacon to my usual sweet potato soup recipe because I knew it would gain points with him.
I got some nice, thick cut bacon and it was already filling the house with fine bacon-y scent when he got home from work. I knew I had his attention already, and calmly explained that I just wanted him to try it, and had gotten him a pizza as a peace offering if he truly hated it. He agreed to my terms.
I was getting excited for sure but I could see the skepticism on his face and he popped in and out of the kitchen. I added my herbs and spices, immersion blended it, and let it set until we were ready to eat. I broiled some baguette with olive oil and salt and pepper, handed him a spoon, and waited on the moment of truth.
He LOVED it! I jumped up and down at my success and giggled at the fleck of soup stuck in his mustache. I had gotten my boyfriend to eat sweet potato. Kitchen witch, magical powers, confirmed!
I only have a phone camera so I know my photos aren’t the best, but here it is all served up with bacon, parmesan, and crusty bread. We devoured it with some Chardonnay while binge watching Frasier on Netflix.
Then I fell asleep on the couch because I was pinned down by our 75 pound American Bully. So…a wonderful, successful night!
This soup is warm, spicy and sweet. When it does finally cool off outside, it’s going to be a staple in our home!
Spicy Sweet Potato Soup
Three sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
Chopped onion and minced garlic
Thyme, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste
Cooked and chopped thick cut bacon (optional)
Cook the bacon and set aside.
Peel and chop the sweet potatoes.
Sautee onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pot. Add chicken broth and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat and immersion blend until silky. Stir in herbs and spices to taste. Serve topped with the bacon and Parmesan if desired, and enjoy!