La-toya Fagon serves up her favourite Jamaican-inspired comfort soups
When you’re chilled to the bone, there’s one tried and true dish you can always turn to: soup. Our resident cooking expert La-toya Fagon serves up her favourite Jamaican-inspired comfort soups.
- 8 cups water or vegetable stock
- 1 lb. soup bones or beef rib or shoulder
- 2 carrots, cubed
- 2 turnips, cubed
- ½ peppercorn squash cubed
- 2 small parsnips cubed
- 1 small onion
- ½ pound yellow yam cubed
- Few sprigs thyme
- 2 stalks green onion
- 1 scotch pepper or pepper sauce to taste
- 6 dumplings
- Boil soup bones in stock about 45 minutes.
- Put all vegetables, seasonings and dumplings to soup.
- Once it starts to boil, simmer covered until yam is cooked and soup is of a medium consistency.
- 1 cup flour
- 1tsp salt
- ¼ cup cold water
- Mix flour and salt together in a cooking bowl. Add half of water to the mix, and then use your hand to knead the flour. The flour will look like crumbs; when this happens gradually add water and knead until the dough is the consistency you want.
Creamy pumpkin soup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- ¼ tsp ground pimento seeds (all spice)
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper (whole)
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 large pumpkin chopped or butternut squash
- Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1/2 cup coconut milk, optional
- In a soup pot, heat butter and oil on medium high. Add red and green onions, carrot, celery and garlic cook until soft.
- Add remaining ingredients, except black pepper, lime juice and milk. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for about 45 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
- Season the soup with cracked black pepper. Removed scotch pepper. Puree with a hand blender until smooth. Return soup to a boil.
- Add the lime and coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes, just blend flavours, adjust seasoning to taste.