African Almond Soup

Every time my maestro wants to put in a counter or table, he draws the line on the wall where he thinks it should be, then I come check it, and its about a foot too short for me. I always point to my waist, and then he raises the line. Well, this time, he put the bathroom sink in, but raised it via a cement base he made, before I even came to see it! That way it would be waist-level, he said, as he pointed to the height and mimicked washing his face. How thoughtful! My bathroom is done!
Recipe of the Day – African Almond Soup

1 T. Coconut Oil

1 sweet onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced ginger
1 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
3 large sweet potatoes, camotes or yams, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 c. water or stock
1 tsp. salt
1  c. almond butter
1 pinch cayenne
1 bunch cilantro

  1. Heat the oil in a pot and saute the onion 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the herbs and spices and stir quickly. Stir in the vegetables and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.Then add the water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Blend 1/2 the soup with the almond butter in your blender.  Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook until heated through. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro.

Word of the Day – el bano

Tip of the Day – The Ecuadorians really have their soup down, but  this is still one of my favorite soups of all time. Enjoy the soups here. Every restaurant is different and every day is different. Watch the locals enjoy their soup. It really might be one of the keys to their happiness.

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