This dish is not Piri-Piri Chicken. Nor is it an authentic Portuguese dish. Baked Portuguese Chicken Dinner is a simple tasty dish that uses Piri-Piri spice mix.
One of my Favourites
This is both an abitmoreveg recipe and an update of an old twimii recipe. It’s a milky mash of potato, courgette and onion topped with crisped dillisk. It’s a big bowl of comfort. And yes the seaweed does really add to the taste – search it out, it’s worth it.
This is an abitmoreveg autumn recipe for a soup that’s really a very milky mash of potato, courgette and onion. I top it with Dillisk when I have it. Dillisk (or Dulse) is a dark red seaweed that is very rich in iron and also contains vitamin B12. It’s so good for you, particularly if you’re vegetarian – and it really adds to the soup. Also, if you try it and like it add in more seaweed because it’s so salty and tasty with this soup. And the end result is a very comforting soup that is packed with nutrients.
Potato, Courgette and Onion Soup topped with Dillisk
This soup is very easy to make and so comforting. It’s really nursery food that adults can enjoy too; a milky mash of potato, courgette and onion, with some rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
I’ve actually been making this soup for years but didn’t think of adding it here before because so many people make their own version of this. Then recently there seemed to be a lot of talk in the media about people eating less potatoes. That’s the kind of story that gets attention in this country. Apparently people are eating less potatoes than they used to. And this is being attributed to people wrongly believing that potatoes aren’t good for you.
Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes
I love potatoes, always have and presumably always will but I myself found that in the last 10 years or so I was eating less potatoes than I used to. This is not because I don’t know how good potatoes are nutrition-wise, this is because cooking pasta or rice is that tiny bit quicker because you don’t have to peel them or anything. I suspect this is the reason most people have stopped having them with every main meal – people generally take the easiest option even if it may not be the best one.
Since going gluten-free, pasta is off the menu (and I love pasta too!) so I have started eating more potatoes again. I like rice but I do like a bit of variation and while quinoa is a very good option it’s not quite as comforting on a chilly autumn or winter evening as say a lovely baked potato or a beautiful bowl of creamy mash.
Courgettes & Onions
But enough about the potatoes, there are also courgettes and onions in this. Courgettes are full of soluble fibre, among other things, and onions are also very good for you apparently (but best when raw or lightly cooked, which is not the case here). It is also very rich in milk and butter.
Dairy – and oversharing
Dairy is something that I have to consume in moderation. I think dairy suits some people very well and they benefit a lot from including it in their diet, some people it doesn’t agree with at all and should avoid it completely, and some people like me can eat some of it and do (because I love lots of dairy products) but eating a lot will give you trouble – like for instance sinus trouble. I think it’s very important to listen to body and go with whatever it’s telling you.
I’m not sure how much nutrients I actually absorb from whatever dairy I eat. But to be honest I eat it because it usually makes things taste yummy. And I love milky or creamy mashed potato, not just for the taste, but because it makes me so peacefully sleepy. You might say that’s a sign that I’m intolerant to it. I say “Sorry what? I just dozed off there…”
For both sides of the “is dairy good for you?” debate I found this helpful little article. Personally, I think it’s a case of one size does not fit all and even if it isn’t one of your superfoods, it still is a part of many wonderful dishes I love. Like this simple little one.
Seaweed, specifically dillisk
I know not everyone is a fan of seaweed but you really should try dillisk with mashed potato they go together really well and dillisk is packed with iron, zinc and potassium (and vitamin B12 which makes it especially good for vegetarians) making it a great addition to any winter dish.
If you do decide to add it as a crisp topping to the soup, first you rinse the seaweed well, making sure there isn’t any sea shore debris stuck to it, then place it on a lightly greased pan under a hot grill for just long enough for it to crisp up. This happens very quickly, so do keep an eye on it. I didn’t first time and it really smokes when it burns…