Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cooking on a cosy night at home

Apologies for the lack of updates here at Harlean's. I've been swamped with university work and haven't really had time to post much at all. However, I've been back home for the later part of the week and thought I'd take a moment to post another recipe since my previous cooking post was so warmly received. Here is my favorite recipe for a sweet potato soup. It is the perfect food to share with your loved ones, to keep warm and happy on a dark and cold evening, like tonight here in Finland.

Sweet potato soup a la St. Lucia
From "Tofu keittokirja" by Marianne Kiskola & Sanna Miettunen
Slightly modified by myself

You need...

1 large or two small sweet potatoes
1 onion
1 tbsp ginger
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp curry powder
One pack of silken tofu (soft tofu)
1 can of coconut milk
2 cups / 5dl of boiled water with 1 vegetable stock cube
Juice from 1 lime
2 tsp salt
Fresh coriander

Lets get cookin'!

1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes, slice the onion and grate the ginger
2. Cook the sweet potatoes in water, with a pinch of salt
3. Heat the cooking oil in a pan and fry the onion and spices for a couple of minutes
4. Use a blender to blend the cooked sweet potatoes, onions, spices, grated ginger and tofu into a creamy soup
6. Add the coconut milk, vegetable stock and juice from the lime and blend
7. Return to pot and bring to a boil
8. Add the fresh coriander - and enjoy your soup!

I ended up baking some Finnish Christmas tarts for desert. Mine didn't turn out the most attractive looking of all - but they're still oh, so yummy! Some of my very favorite pastries of the season. They're like a tangible piece of my childhood and always bring to mind the endless wait for Santa all throughout December.


  1. This is one of my favourite winter soups, sweet potato with coconut and ginger is so delicious :)

  2. Those tarts look SO yummy. You are evil.

  3. Penny Dreadful - Ditto! It is absolutely delicious, isn't it!

    Mycah - Yesss, that they are! In fact, I am craving for more right now, hee!

  4. oh that soup looks so amazing!!! we should meet up for a cooking night!

  5. Kendra - Ooh, we totally should! That would be super fun, actually. :)

  6. That soup sounds delicious! I am going to have to try your recipe for it :-)