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Have you walked into your kitchen after a long day of dealing with one problem after another and realize that neither of you has gone to the store since the last blog post? If you understand, you’ll know how this wonderful soup came to be.
John has some online businesses and sometimes he gets overwhelmed when trying to sort out bloggers’ problems. The day we had this soup went like this. He received an email from a plugin user that said, “It doesn’t work.”
Some of you might think that’s reasonable but the first question is always, “It didn’t install properly?” and then wait for the reply. He got a reply that said, “Yes, it installed but it doesn’t work.” So he wrote back and asked if she’d been able to select the options and she wrote back and said that she’d been able to do all that. He went back and forth for hours and finally he came in to my office totally frustrated.
“I don’t know what to tell her because I can’t find a thing wrong with it. I don’t want to be rude but geez, I’ve spent all day and I’m getting nowhere.” he said.
Being the ever kind wife I said I’d write and I explained to the woman that I was a food blogger who didn’t have much technical know-how but I run my blog pretty well and maybe I could help her to find the right question to ask John.
She was quite rude in her reply that she didn’t need a food blogger to answer her questions because if my husband knew what he was doing, all she’d have to do is hit the button and her blog would be full of recipes.
I laughed until tears came. He’d worked all day solving a problem that didn’t exist. If he’d known in the first place that she was looking for a plugin to provide an instant database of recipes, he would have gotten to way more queries. I did have fun with the reply but things like that wear us out emotionally. BTW, nowhere does it say that EasyRecipe is a database of recipes.
Then… it was time for dinner and we had nothing to eat. We didn’t want fast food, too tired to go out or shop. Then I opened the veggie cabinet and found two large sweet potatoes in the basket and there were a couple of pears that weren’t too ripe sitting fat and happy in the fruit bowl. I had some bagels in the freezer and dinner was on its way. Bagels were not the best thing with this soup but it was something to hold the butter.
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion chopped
- ½ kilo (1 pound) sweet potatoes peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 pears peeled and chopped (in a pinch, canned pears without sugar or juice work just fine)
- 3-4 cups of broth. I have used vegetable and chicken and they're equally good.
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- chopped fresh mint and croutons or roasted sweet potato chunks for garnish
- Place a large pot over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter has melted add the onion and a sprinkling of salt and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion has softened. Stir often and try to sweat the onions, not brown them.
- Add the sweet potato chunks and sauté in the onions for 2-3 minutes. Add the pears and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Add the stock to the pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the sweet potatoes and pears are soft.
- Whiz with a stick blender until smooth and then test for seasoning. If your stock is salty you might only need some pepper but only you will be able to tell if you like it.
- Reheat almost to the boil and stir in the yogurt.
- Serve with a garnish of fresh chopped mint, croutons or chunks of roasted sweet potato.
- If you need more than two servings, this recipe is easy to double or triple.