Soup is definitely my comfort food. It brings this sense of home, it reminds me of my grandma and my childhood. I grew up watching my grandma run a family kitchen where no one could set foot if it wasn't to eat. The reason why she'd make everything in a heart bit was that she had full control of food, kitchen and family members. Her soups (as most her food) were no fuss, savoury and delicious - it took me years to understand why other kids wouldn't like soup because I always thought that every soup would be like grandma's. When I had to decide which one would represent better my comfort food, Potato Cilantro Soup came easily to mind. It's both simple and tasty and cilantro is my all time favourite herb.
Potato Cilantro Soup
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large onion
1 medium turnip
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic glove, chopped
6 cups vegetable stock or water
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
Peel and dice the potatoes, the onion and the turnip. In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over a medium-high flame. Add the onion and the garlic to the oil and sweat until they are softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add the potatoes and the turnip and stir well to prevent sticking. Add the stock. Season to taste. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook until the potatoes and turnip are soft, about 20 minutes. Add cilantro and remove from heat. Blend in a food processor until smooth. Season if necessary.
My grandmother would garnish it with chopped boiled egg, which I also did but added some Parmesan as well and tried a different option with chopped cilantro and sausage, for my carnivore hubby.
This Potato Cilantro Soup is my comfort food recipe for the 2008 Comfort Food Cook-off, hosted by Eve. But what do people call comfort food? If you're as curious as I am, go have a look at Garden of Eating and find out what people call comfy!