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Thursday, April 29, 2021

2021 A to Z Challenge ! and Thankful Thursday!!!! April 29, 2021

Thanks to Brian we have Thankful Thursday!
Everyday I am thankful for family and friends.
Today I am especially thankful as we have now had both 
Moderna vaccines with little reactions!
And here in the state of Washington the vaccines 
are available to all except those under age 16! 
Restaurants are open and everyone is being careful.
Things are more normal now than a few months ago.
I hope you are doing well too! As a treat tomorrow
 we will visit the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens!

Have a lovely day! And now to soup! 

Y is for Yam and Peanut Soup!

Yam and Peanut Soup  

There are many ways of making this hearty soup, inspired by African cuisine (although yams, tomatoes, and both sweet and hot peppers are all native to the New World). Many people will find the combinations of flavors in this soup novel and appealing. This is a good first course for fall and winter.
  Serves 8

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
2 garlic cloves, pressed and allowed to sit for ten minutes
3 tablespoons peeled, finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 yams, peeled and cut into half-inch cubes
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 cups vegetable broth or stock
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 large ripe tomato, chopped, or a third cup canned diced plum tomatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons natural smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)
2 limes, quartered
Hot sauce, to taste
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and spices, and sauté for 2 minutes more.
Reduce the heat to medium, add the yams and red pepper, and sauté until they start to just stick to the bottom of the pot, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Add 3 cups of the stock, the orange juice, tomato, and peanut butter and stir to combine. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat so it is simmering. Cover and cook until the yams are tender, about 15 minutes.
Transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender and puree the soup until smooth. Thin the soup with more stock to reach your desired consistency, and reheat to serving temperature. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, if necessary.
Just before serving, garnish each bowl with peanuts and chopped cilantro. Serve with limes and hot sauce. 
(PS If you have nut allergies you could possibly substitute  sunflower seeds or cashews as they aren't in the nut family.)
Enjoy slurping! 



  1. That Yam soup looks good and I'll bet it tastes great too. I'm glad you got your vaccine shots, we're both being careful too. We've actually been out to eat 3 times, that's a first in over a year. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. Wonderful thankful things and the soup looks really good. I've enjoyed all your soup recipes except for the green one.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, Kathe. Big hug to you both and lots of lovies to Miss Lucy. ♥

  3. Glad you have your vaccine. We had the J&J before the issues with it started. Soup looks good.

  4. Interesting soup! I've had a type of peanut soup in Virginia (many years ago) and I don't remember much but it wasn't anything like this. I have issues with hot pepper so if I made it, it wouldn't be too authentic but my pepperhead husband would love it. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  5. You are queen of soup recipes. I had no idea there were so many delicious recipes and unique. Hip Hip Hooray for being vaccinated.
    We had two small social gatherings this week. Just we 2 and 2 others each time. It was wonderful
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. We are not big fans of yams but it sounds good

  7. Yam and peanut, it sounds like the combination would be quite tasty and unusual. Thank you for coming up with so many good recipes!

  8. Kathe,

    I like sweet potatoes but I'm not sure if I'd care for Yam and Peanut soup much. I wouldn't mind trying it if someone else fixed it first, though. :)


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