Sweet Round the World Stew for World Cup Enthusiasts

* This is a guest post by Alexis Bonari

Inspired by this year World Cup events in South Africa, here’s a hearty soup for soccer fans everywhere!

Greetings World Cup fans! Wish all this excitement at hand, I’m pretty sure you’re getting all kinds of hungry, so why not celebrate the festivities with a sweet meal, inspired by South African cuisine, for the Soccer lover in you! It’s simple, and more importantly, it’s delicious!

Here we go!

Ingredients:
8 cups water
1 cup cubed Jerusalem artichoke
1 cup shredded Kale (1/2” to 1” strips)
2 cups cooked pork (cubed or pulled)
4 tablespoons organic vegetable bullion paste
4 medium potatoes cubed
1 medium sweet onion
1 1/2 cups of cooked Basmati rice (any rice will do)
1 cup coked Quinoa
2 tablespoons sugar, agave or honey
2 heaping teaspoons dried ginger
1/4 cup dried parsley
pinch of black pepper
salt to taste

Optional garnish with Italian parsley

Heat water to a boil and add the Potato, bullion, parsley, onion, ginger and sugar. Cover and boil for 10 min. Reduce heat to medium and add artichoke, kale, pork, rice, quinoa, and pepper. Cover and cook for 10 min. Turn off burner and let sit uncovered for 10 to 15 min. Taste and add salt as desired. Add parsley Garnish. For a zippier soup add a squeeze of fresh lemon before you serve.

This dish is a true round the world experience. First we travel to the Andean region of South America for the quinoa, a much overlooked psuedo-grain in America. Quinoa is not a grain or cereal and is closely related to beets and spinach. Great for a grain like texture.

Next were off to India with the firm texture of Basmati rice. The rice is long grain and grown in India and Pakistan. It is prized for it’s characteristic free flowing and fragrant nature. Basmati comes in two varieties, white and brown.

The Jerusalem artichoke whisks us back in time to North America and the Native American Indians. The Native Americans were the first cultivators of this flavorful tuber that has been gaining much popularity as a prized soup ingredient. No need to peel this tuber, simply scrub it well and remove any protruding spikes or blemishes. These tasty curiosities are a member of the daisy family and instead of starch the tubers store the carbohydrate inulin (not insulin), making them a source of fructose. They are also high in potassium, so if you don’t like bananas give these a go.

 

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Off to Europe we go as we enjoy the mild, fresh flavor of Kale, a member of the cabbage family and once the most popular leafy vegetable in all of Europe. The Irish love to mix it with potatoes or serve it with sausage on Halloween. Kale is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties and is widely enjoyed throughout East Africa.

Finally we land in Asia to sample it’s ginger. Ginger is prized throughout the world for it’s pungent flavor and healing properties.

I am not normally a fan of soups made with ginger, however, I wanted to give it another try and accidentally spilled too much in the pot. Instead of fretting I decided to use many different things and make it an experiment. I was so pleased with the result I wrote down the recipe as soon as I tasted it. The sweet blend of the parsley, artichoke and ginger compliment each other in a quite unexpected way. This soup has a very soft yet exotic flavor. One of my favorite accidents this year. Hope you enjoy!

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Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at onlinedegrees.org, researching areas of online education programs. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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Gloria

I love this recipe , you enjoy socccer? My son is a fanatic, love soccr, hugss, gloria
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pegasuslegend

I have been looking for a good quinoa recipe and this one sounds fabulous love it!
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joanne

Great recipe! I'll have to give it a go. Quinoa seems to be the grain of choice in blogland this month.
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Claudia

Love the addition of quinoa in the stew and the sweetness of agave. And such hearty vegetables!

FOODESSA

All the ingredients in this healthy hearty soup stew get a big 2 thumbs up from me. The whole recipe sounds absolutely delicious!
I am very well known in my family for making some of the best soups…now I can see I can add another on to the mix.

Thanks for sharing your creativity in the kitchen ;o)
Flavourful wishes,
Claudia
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belinda

What a great recipe!! I LOVE it! Love quinoa too and especially one so lovely. No matter what country we're rooting for, we all need food!
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elra

Yum … yum .. Gera, definitely sounds delicious. Quinoa is one of my favorite grain, although I only make it for salad or bread, will definitely try it for stew as well.
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Rach

Sounds very interesting. With so many things in it like potatoes, basmati rice, quinoa etc. It must be very filling. Loved the addition of organic bullion cubes! Must be very flavourful
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anncoo

Quinoa is new to me but this recipe sounds interesting 🙂 Hope I can try this one day.
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Alexis

Wow, thanks everyone. Glad you all are enjoying the recipe! 🙂

deeba

NICE!! I love it when experiments and accidents bring delicious results! YUM YUM!!
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@chowandchatter

cool stew got to love the world cup

Erica

That stew sounds wonderful!!!! i love quinoa…..great addiion to the stew!
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Carolyn Jung

A most appropriate eat to enjoy with the World Cup games. Uh, you think we should blow into one of those big plastic horns after the meal? 😉
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Baking Serendipity

I love the creativity behind this recipe! And it sounds delicious 🙂
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redkathy

Very interesting soup. Have no experience with those Jerusalem artichokes but would love to try them! Great post.
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Soma

Boy you must have some serious reasons to celebrate today!! Congrats! You have a great team.

I love the recipe esp. the ginger in it. The artichokes are my very favorite and these look so good!!

Reeni

This is a wonderful round the world stew and a delicious mix of flavors! My kind of comfort food!
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OysterCulture

What an absolutely yummy sounding stew, love the global sourced ingredients. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing and go Uruguay!!!!
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Rosa

A wonderful stew! It must taste great!

Cheers,

Rosa
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