Mmm, soup! I mean noodle soup! I mean soup! ("Friends" is always on my mind during MOFO.) Well, I didn't necessarily have potato soup in Germany so this soup isn't specifically inspired by my travels but it's generally inspired by Germany. Because German potato soup is a thing, according to the internet and common knowledge, as well as Tony Horton and the German pornstar who was in the Chest & Back P90X video. (Okay, so I'm 50% making this for Germany and 50% for one of the funnier parts of the original P90X, when four people look ridiculous swinging their arms around doing pot-stirrers and the always insane Tony Horton tells them to call out their soups. See below. And yes, all of us innocent Xers were informed afterwards that Maren is a pornstar.)
From my research, the key ingredient in German Potato Soup (besides potatoes don't forget the potatoes) is bacon. Ew and oh no! I thought of using tempeh bacon or some such alternate, but I decided instead a) not to waste tempeh because it costs like $11 here in London and b) to use the idea of bacon as inspiration in my everpresent soup topping: cashew cream, this time with a dash of liquid smoke to evoke the scent of nonvegan grossness in a very vegan and delicious way. ALSO, Tony tells everyone "don't eat swine while doing the P90X", which is kind of awesome.
I really love potato soup and this was no exception! It's so simple and really delicious. As you can see, I added some chickpeas to my bowl. And these are not ordinary chickpeas. I bought these from a bulk container at a nearby health food store, thinking they were like my beloved roasted crunchy chickpeas from The Good Bean. Nope, these are in fact the only very spicy food you can find in London. SO SPICY! Mixed into this soup, the spice dissipated a little and it was awesome! Any crunchy chickpea would be lovely here, or tempeh bacon, of course. I think Maren and Tony would be proud. And Germany.
The Spark of Creation
I love to cook. Love it! 9 times out of 10 I'd rather cook my own meal than have someone else (especially a stranger! Stranger danger!) make it for me. However, I am not a chef, so my recipes usually are haphazard slapdash ragamuffin mixtures of ingredients. Proceed with caution.