Monday, 4 October 2010

Sweetcorn soup with chorizo and salsa


I'm just back after a fantastic and sunny weekend in Barcelona. Such amazing food, I love tapas, especially the fried green peppers, Pimientos de Padron. So delicious, I need to learn how to do them! Back here in the big smoke it was quickly back to reality with drizzle and tube strike. To counteract the real world for a bit longer, I made this yellow and spicy sweetcorn soup. It's quick and easy to do, and I know this is going to sound really corny, it's sunshine in bowl, it really is.

Sweetcorn soup with chorizo and salsa (4-5 portions)
3 large cans of sweetcorn w/o added sugar (approx 900 g)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 small red chillies, finely chopped
5-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cm fresh ginger, finely sliced
0.5 tsp smoked paprika
vegetable or chicken stock
200 g chorizo, finely sliced
100-150 g cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 small bunch of coriander
3 spring onions, finely chopped
zest and juice from 1 lime
yoghurt
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

Fry the onion, chillies, red pepper, ginger and garlic on moderate heat in a large sauce pan

Add the sweetcorn and stock, cook for 10-15 min

In the meantime, stir together the chopped tomatoes, green pepper, spring onions, coriander and lime juice and zest to a salsa.

Also fry the chorizo on moderate heat until slightly crispy.

Blend the soup until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste

Serve the soup topped with salsa, chorizo, and yoghurt.

I served to soup with tasty quesadillas.

Quesadillas
tortillas
tomato puree
mature cheddar

Spread a thin layer of tomato paste onto one tortilla, cover with thin cheese slices or a thin layer of grated cheese. Cover with another tortilla.

Heat up a little olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the tortilla and fry on both sides until golden and the cheese has melted.

Cut in triangles and serve directly with the soup.

To brighten up your dinner even more, and to remind you that summer will come back again, here is a Swedish indie pop song from 1993, 'Waiting for the summer' by Stevepops. It's one of my favourites from high school.

Have a happy Monday everyone!

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