I am reading Jamie Oliver’s book Jamie’s Ministry of Food which is apparently the same book as Jamie’s Food Revolution. I truly admire Jamie’s dedication to inspire people to make their own food. He really believes in eating real food and not getting complicated about it. I like him and his food approach so much, yet I had never tackled any of his recipes. I was scared his simple approach to food would let my picky foodie palette down and I just like him so much I did not want that to happen. I braved possible disappointment yesterday and took on his Sweet Potato and Chorizo Soup. I did not have sweet potatoes so he suggested using butternut squash which I had on hand and gave it a shot.
Jamie’s approach is so basic I immediately questioned it. That giant pile of chopped veggies and chorizo sausage were supposed to be dumped into a hot pot with some hot oil altogether. I have never done that before. Normally you start out sautéing the onions, add the garlic and then the mirepoix (aromatics like carrots, onions, leeks…). You don’t just dump it all in there! Good grief. OK, I can do this. I am a rebel right? I dumped everything in the pot and added some curry powder and let it sit with the lid askew for 10 minutes. My carrots were not softened at this time so I had to let it cook for five minutes longer. I did have to turn my heat down from the recommended “hot” to medium high because my veggies came close to burning, thankfully I caught it in time.
that was a cooking adventure
That is so cool! We have that book and H decided she was going to learn how to cook and work her way through the book! We are going to have a separate blog for it. So far she’s made the pot roast meatloaf(fantastic) We only used 6 rashers of bacon. The pork vindaloo (fantastic) The broccoli and potato tagliatelli( it was ok)and a salad with the french dressing which was fab. I LOVE Jamie . We are huge fans. Unfortunately we don’t get the food network:(
I am looking forward to trying his soups, they all sound so good.
I am craving soup. Wicked bad. I’ve never had butternut squash, and I have never even seen chorizo, but I want soup! It looks very good and filling. 🙂
Oh this sounds so yummy!! Mike isn’t a fan of butternut squash, but he does like sweet potatoes. I think this is a must try!
I don’t have an immersion blender. Would transferring it to a regular blender a cup at a time work?
Oh wow – look great and love your photos! Giving it a Stumble too!
That is one tasty looking soup!
Hi Suzie, good for you for sticking with the recipe! I am attempting to cook my way through a couple of Jamie’s books and at times I am tempted to change things up, as well. But generally his recipes turn out really well, and I’m happy I didn’t. Your soup looks lovely. I’ll have to try that one soon.
I love Jamie Oliver but have never tried any of his recipes either. This looks awesome. And I am so addicted to your blog they might as well send me home from work today!
Great write-up! I just made the sweet potato and chorizo soup. Loved it! And, will definitely make it again. I just did a post about it on http://menumaniac.blogspot.com that will go up on Wednesday and I linked to your post. 🙂