Monday, June 22, 2009

West African Peanut Soups OR Nuts4Nuts!

Little did Alayna and I know but this was actually the last Monday Soup we made while still living in the same apartment. Apparently there was a little miscommunication. She didn't realize when I said, "I'm renting the truck Saturday," meant "I'm moving out Saturday." And I didn't realize that "I am going to Virginia this weekend," meant "Alayna is going to Virgina this weekend."

So all of a sudden Sunday rolled around, Alayna came home and my room was empty. Meanwhile I was uptown a ways fighting off mosquitoes because screens are one of the many things I am currently lacking and for those of you who don't live in New York City it's been raining for the last 47 days straight so there are a bunch of bugs. There is that and considering what I'm supposed to do without Time Warner Cable in my life. Writing that out made me sound pathetic, I know. But I like Desperate Housewives of New Jersey. Sue me. That's my heritage.

Is it just me or have these blog posts gotten way longer? Whatev. This soup is SOOOOO good. It's hearty and wonderful. One bowl is enough for any human to feel full. So I ate two and then waddled around a bunch. So enjoy! And don't worry, as stated last week, Alayna and I have a very detailed plan how to continue Monday Soups so do not fret fans. See you next week!

West African Peanut Soup!

  • Chop 6-8 cloves of garlic, 1 yellow onion and a decent amount of peeled fresh ginger (again, I like a lot) and saute on low in peanut oil until fragrant
  • Bring up the heat and add about 3 chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces and about a half a cup of roasted unsalted peanuts and keep covered until cooked through, stirring occasionally

  • Add 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and in bite sized pieces, and cover pretty generously with chicken broth (but not too much! you still have things to add!)... bring to a boil and cook until sweet potatoes are soft
  • Cut 6-8 plum tomatoes and 3-4 big handfuls of kale and 3 dried hot peppers torn into small-ish pieces and cook another 8-10 minutes

  • Add about 3 heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter (more or less to taste, chunky or smooth is fine) and stir in
  • ... Enjoy!

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