Monday 15 October 2012

Sweet potato, silverbeet and black bean soup

Last week I made pumpkin scrolls (more about them later).  With a filling dessert, I decided a simple stew was all I needed for dinner.  I had sweet potato roasting in the oven, a tin of black beans in the pantry and silverbeet in the garden.

Our spring weather has been rather fickle lately.  When it started to rain, I rushed out to photograph and harvest the silverbeet.  I needn't have bothered.  No longer had I rushed in the door, then the rain stopped.

You can't blame me for not trusting my luck.  That afternoon, I had been trying to listen to a Boy George interview on the radio when Sylvia poured herself a large glass of milk, spilled it over the floor and while I rushed to get the mop, she tried to sweep it up with the broom!  Argh!

I've had a series of these sort of small misadventures lately.  Not that I have much to complain about:

  • Bad news - I knocked over a plastic container of flour.  The plastic was so old and brittle that a piece broke and flour went everywhere.
  • Good news - When I made bread with the remaining flour, I found the lump of plastic before the bread went into the oven.  (Honestly I thought I had taken out the broken plastic before tipping the flour into another jar!)

  • Bad news - Sylvia tipped heaps of sand out of the sandpit all over the backyard.
  • Good news - She was having such a lovely time playing on a warm and sunny day that I couldn't be too cross!

  • Bad news - I arrived at work today to find my 'Rennie Mackintosh' necklace that I wear most of the time had disappeared.
  • Good news - I found it when I got home.  Hurrah!

With the soup, the bad news was that there was too much silverbeet for E.  The good news was that he only had it one night.  I had it two nights in a row and really enjoyed it.  It came together quickly and meant I could eat more pumpkin scrolls!

I am sending this borscht to Deb of Kahaki Kitchen for her Souper Sundays event.

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: CC Tamarind Tempeh with Noodles
Two years ago: Pate, Goslings and Bubbies
Three years ago: HoTM: Chocolate Sesame Cookies
Four years ago: Biscuits like birdseed

Sweet potato, silverbeet and black bean soup
served 3
an original recipe

1 tsp olive oil
1 onion
4 pattypan squash, diced
3 garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt or to taste (depending on your stock)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 large sweet potato, diced and roasted
large handful of silverbeet (chard), chopped
400g tin of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small avocado, diced

Fry onion in olive oil for a few minutes and add squash and garlic for a few more minutes.  Stir in cumin and smoked paprika.  Add stock, roasted sweet potato, silverbeet, black beans.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.  Serve scattered with avocado chunks.

On the Stereo:
Fold your hands child, you walk like a peasant: Belle and Sebastian

This post is part of Vegan Month of Food October 2012.  Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts.


  1. Ugh, I had a day like that. Where do they come from? I turned on the wrong burner, so the pot of water never boiled, while the teakettle took so much heat that I think it melted the enamel. It changed its color anyway, and who knows what it did to the interior coating. After it cooled and I removed it from the burner, the color was back to its original, but there was some of the enamel stuck on the burner. Then I reheated some food for dinner, and put some naan bread in the oven to re-heat. I forgot about the bread, and as I ate the food my whole apartment filled with smoke. At least the weather was nice for opening up all the windows.

    1. Thanks Bliss - I feel your pain - every now and again I light the wrong burner but luckily remember in time - but I understand it is easily done - good luck with your teakettle - hope it wasn't a sentimental possession.

  2. I do love a good soup. We're just getting into autumn here, not that you'd think we had any summer!

    1. Thanks Rachel - We are all complaining a bit here that we are not getting enough warm spring weather but give us a couple of months and we will be complaining about the heat!

  3. Love the fact that you were able to find the silver lining.

  4. Thank goodness for positives to balance out the negatives! This sounds like a lovely week night meal and reminds me that I really need to buy more black beans...I wanted some this week but our local supermarketss don't carry them in tinned form.

    1. Thanks Kari - I found black beans the other day and had used mine so poorly that I bought two tins to be sure I got a good use out of them - I only see them every now and again so I get excited when I see them

  5. This stew has so many of my favorite things! I'm so glad you found your necklace, also!

    1. Thanks Joanne - I was really pleased to find the necklace - it has a lot of sentimental value

  6. This looks so full of great ingredients and I love all of the avocado on top. ;-) Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays--always a treat to have you join in.


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