With this rainy, gloomy weather we are having today I thought I share a soup recipe. We had this lovely filling soup in Baños, Ecuador, on a rainy day like today. This was one of the few days with bad weather we had in Ecuador, in fact one of the few rainy days of the 6 months we spent in South America. We hadn’t brought any rain clothes with us even. Now it was pouring down however and we had no choice and bought these cheap, disposable rain capes. Bright yellow ones. We were walking around Baños looking like Big Bird and his out-of-town cousin. We came around a corner and bumped in to a British couple wearing exactly the same capes. It was just so silly and we were just standing there pointing at each other not being able to stop laughing. From then on we decided to just get wet would it rain again.
As you can see on the pics, my soup is rather thick, almost purée like. If that is not to your liking, just add some more stock.

Serves 4

2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp paprika powder
Handful of fresh oregano (save some for garnish)
450g pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed and cut in chunks
350g sweet potato, peeled and cut in chunks
700 ml vegetable stock
Salt and pepper
125 ml sour cream

Heat the oil to medium heat in a large saucepan. Cook the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft but not coloured. Add paprika powder and oregano, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add the pumpkin and the sweet potato chunks. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the stock into the pan. Bring to a boil, lower heat and let the soup gently cook until the pumpkin and potatoes are cooked through. Purée with a handblender. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish each portion with sour cream and shredded oregano leaves