Louise's healthy sweet potato & red pepper soup (gf/dairy-free)

There are a number of reasons why Scotland feels like home to me; or more so, why I don't seem to find myself overwhelmed by that familiar feeling of homesickness in the face of foreign surroundings. It may be the fact that I have grown accustomed to the accent over my lifetime, by way of my parents, family members, and countless family friends hailing from all parts of the UK. It may also be that I find myself constantly saying, I remember this place, I have been here before; and that nostalgia I experience here for memories of summers and family holidays, instills in me a strong comfortable, familiarity with this place. It is also that I have so many people here who have been working to make me feel like I have a home in theirs, if i need it. The closest things I have here to my dad is my godfather, my Uncle Mark (or Uncle Stinky as I so adamantly called him as a child). Mark, his wife Louise, and my god sister Faye are my family here in Glasgow. These photos are from our walk around Pollock Park one afternoon when Onni and I went over to their house to make loads of soup for future dinners. I took some photos on my B/W camera for my photography class that eventually I will be able to print and upload here.

Our flat's kitchen isn't totally useless, but sometimes I need a little break from working around other people's dishes and dodging unexplained stains; so Louise invited us to make a few batches of soup at their place to bring back home for the week's dinner. Louise and Mark were on this diet, or "cleanse". No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no alcohol, no fun. So Louise has had to come up with interesting recipes to cater to the cleanse, an example being this soup. It is gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. 

Louise's Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup (gf/dairy-free)

things you'll need

large stewing pot
hand blender

for the soup

1 large sweet potato ( you can add extra if desired)
1 red pepper
4 banana shallots
thumb sized piece of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 a red chilli
3/4 can of coconut milk
bunch of coriander chopped (stalks and all)
juice of half a lime
dash of gluten free soy sauce (optional)
salt & pepper

what to do

chop shallots and place in pot on medium/low heat with some oil to fry off until soft (don't over brown). chop the sweet potato into cubes, add two shallots, give it a few stirs, and allow to caramelize. after a few minutes, chop the pepper into cubes, and add to pot. give it all a stir, and while letting that fry off dice the ginger, garlic, and chili, then add to pot. give it a stir to evenly disperse everything in the pot, then add the coconut milk. add enough water so that the veg is covered by liquid, then let simmer for 15-20 minutes until everything is soft, and you can stick a fork through the sweet potato, do not over boil. add all of the coriander, stalks and all, give it a stir and give it a few minutes to soften before taking it off the heat. then with the hand blender, blitz everything until smooth. serve warm with a drizzle of creme fraiche, some fresh coriander, and a slice of warm bread for dunking. 

enjoy!