Fish and Sweet Potatoes Soup: The cold season has been merciless to me so far. Cooking or baking was not part of my vocabulary many times for the past 2 weeks because of a horrible head cold. (I am glad that few of the dishes I am posting and will be posting in the next few days were made prior to my sudden cold). As I was not myself, I did not want to take any chances with creating new dishes.
I only cooked dishes I was familiar with because my taste buds were not functioning well either. For the first few days I was on a strict soup or boullion (Haitian meat or vegetable soup) diet. I would have soup everyday for lunch and a light supper in the evenings. I had to be very creative and mostly eat with my eyes and hope to enjoy all the flavors of the varieties of soups I made.
As I was browsing through my recipes and doing what I call “eye shopping” in my refrigerator, I was wondering what type of soup I could make that would make me feel better. What is a woman who suffers from a head cold should cook? Well, guess what! I decided to make one of my favorite soups, Fish and Sweet Yam Soup. You may be wondering and think that I was nuts. But not at all!
Because I am somewhat lactose intolerant and in need of vitamin D, I usually have Greek Yogurt in my refrigerator because it is the only one my stomach can digest. It was like I hit the jackpot. I did not have to think too much. I just had to wait for a couple of more days to make sure that taste buds were functioning at 100%.
When I make soup I usually substitute Greek yogurt for heavy cream for the same reason I mentioned earlier. It has become such a habit that I don’t even think about it anymore. Don’t get me wrong; I would use heavy cream in other dishes but not really in soups anymore. I have become so accustomed to Greek yogurt that I create my own soup varieties. If I start telling you my creations, this post would really be very long.
Fish and Sweet Potatoes Soupe is a delight. It is made with sweet potatoes and carrot boiled in fish stock, pureed and cooked with fish (preferably a firm fish) and mixed with Greek Yogurt, with spices for a silky and smooth soup mixture. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes (yams), the fresh spices, the fish, the yogurt and the touch of lemon are such a wonderful combination that one cannot ask for anything else. A healthy, hearty and comfort meal is all I need to make me feel whole again.