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Sweet Potato & Corn Soup

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 8, 2010

Sweet Potato & Corn Soup

You know you’ve been married a long time when your husband doesn’t ask why you’re wandering out of the house carrying a bowl of rapidly cooling soup, a red restaurant apron tossed over one shoulder. I was too lazy to set up a lamp, so I took the soup outside to shoot it. I haven’t posted a recipe for a while.

This is very easy soup, perfect for a winter evening, and full of vitamin A.

You may be wondering, however, why the soup in the photo is garnished with a dollop of plain yogurt and sweet paprika. We’re having an unusually warm day in Israel and I needed to use up the yogurt. For a cooler day, garnish with finely chopped parsley or cilantro.

Sweet Potato & Corn Soup

8 servings

1 tbs. canola oil
1 large onion, peeled and diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 medium white potato, peeled and chopped
6 cups water
550 gm. can corn kernels + liquid
1 tsp salt
lots of fresh ground black pepper

Optional: 2 tsp grated fresh ginger or 2 tbs. fresh chopped cilantro. Or both if you want a Moroccan soup.

Sauté diced onion in oil until translucent. Add diced carrots and continue to sauté until tender. When nearly done, add minced garlic. (You’re adding this last to avoid burning it while the carrots are being cooked.)

Add sweet and white potatoes, water, and corn kernels with liquid. Season. Simmer until all vegetables are tender. Using a stick blender, purée until barely smooth. If you like a chunkier texture, use a potato masher.

If you want a dairy version, substitute 2 cups of milk for the water. Garnish with plain yogurt or sour cream. Tastes great chilled, too!

This is a very adaptable soup.


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Random Morning Shots in the Park

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 8, 2010

Actually, a random half hour of shots. I left the house at 6:30 with the DSLR, hoping to photograph the sun shining on the twin towers today. Alas, the weather did not cooperate: clear and sunny in Maale Adumim, partly cloudy in Amman! But the few test shots I did of the silhouette indicated that there’s a lot less grain than the photos I took with the S5. A tripod makes a big difference. I’ll try next week and hope that the angle of the sun doesn’t shift too much. Otherwise I’ll have to mark this time in my calendar next year!

I figured that as long as I was outside with a camera and trying to post a photo every day, I might as well point my lens at other things, so here are a few random shots.

This is the abstract shot of the spiral slide, which I posted as my Project 365 photo today. The rising sun created some interesting shadows and a golden hue. The close framing was chosen to make the shot more abstract and to reduce the rather uninteresting sky.


Waning moon, cropped. Actually the sky was fairly light at that hour of the morning (around 6:30) but a “correct” exposure would have overexposed the moon’s surface, so this is deliberately underexposed.

Waning Moon

Hooded crow perched on a fence, framed by the chains of a swing. Although the golden light makes him look like he’s clutching a blood-stained tissue in his claws, I think it was actually a chocolate wrapper.

Crow on Fence

Abandoned book on photography, left in a pile of old books on a wall. What a funny coincidence! Published in 1966, so rather out of date, but I took it home anyway.

Abandoned Book

Park bench. The shot isn’t very well composed or creative. I just liked the contrast of the golden light on limestone next to the teal colour of the bench.



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