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Cauliflower Yam Peanut Soup

What you need: 

1 med cauliflower - florets broken off
1 onion, chopped
2 cups veggie broth
2 cups soy, rice or almond milk of choice
vegan soy butter
yams
bay leaf
pepper
cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 tablespoon favorite peanut butter - crunchy really works best
bit of flour
1 cup water

What you do: 

I'm putting the recipe back together after it was two already made parts (leftovers) become one, so bear with me.
I made the cauliflower soup first:
1. Brown the onion in a pan with the butter-substitute (or oil), then add the bit of flour.
2. Transfer to pot and add cauliflower, broth, bay leaf and pepper (to your liking) - boil 5-10 minutes.
3. Reduce heat and add milk (you may want to adjust the water or milk depending on your liking or how much cooks off).
4. Simmer for 15 minutes, then puree.
which was delightful itself, then I made some of my favorite yams for another meal:
1. Sliced and halved, skins on - put in skillet with cinnamon, water (enough to cover the yams), and the olive oil and heat between med and high until the water cooks off and the yams are soft.
yummy, the next day to use my leftovers I got creative and put the cauliflower soup together with the yams and the peanut butter and warmed them up for 10 min on med - the chunky yams and the peanut crunch in the creamy cauliflower was amazing!
From scratch, I'd probably do it the same, but you could probably put the yams and peanut butter in when you make the original soup in any manner at any time.

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6-8
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I first looked at this recipe and thought UGH! but then put it together and was really impressed.  I substituted yams for sweet potatoes and then diced them and stir fried them with the cinnamon and a bit of zatar seasoning and soy sauce to add some kick.  The combination of sweet, nutty and creamy was a surprising juxtaposition and I found it quite tasty!

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hmm.. dont know what I did wrong but this recipe didnt work out the best for me. When I did the yams (aka sweet potatoes), the water didn't cook away as described... so I had to drain off the water in the end.. despite that, they tasted very nice.  The soup itself came out very watery, so maybe I overcooked the cauliflower??  In the end, I pureed the yams in too and that thickened the soup up a bit.  The taste was nice but a little bland and watery.  Some of the method is a bit sketchy so I kind of had to fly by the seat of my pants (so to say)... for example, how much flour is "some flour"?  How much pepper, yams, etc?  That all said, I would try this again some time, I will use less liquid - make sure the caulifower is just cooked, and maybe even add some barlotti beans, small pasta or other root vege's to add more flavour. Cheers for a good basic recipe.. looking forward to when you re'vamp it so it's not in two parts.   :)

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