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These 2 Rooibos Soup Recipes, the first for a delectable meaty soup, complimented by the subtle smoky Rooibos undertones

The other for a delightful herbed potato soup where the addition of Rooibos to the stock makes for a delightful taste enhancement,

Are 2 additional recipes confirming the many uses of Rooibos Tea in varied Recipes and the ability of Rooibos to enhance the taste of many recipes

Rooibos Meat Soup Recipe

Soup Ingredients
4 Rooibos Teabags
5 cups [1¼litre] water
5 chicken Stock cubes
1 large potato
3 onions
1 large carrot
2 cloves garlic
1 lb [450g] soft shin
A little Olive Oil
1 4oz [115g] tomato paste
1 tsp [5ml] paprika
1 tbsp [15ml] cumin
1 tbsp [15ml] corn flour
1¼ cups sour cream
2 tbsp [30ml] sugar
Making the Rooibos Meat Soup

Pour the water into a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the Rooibos Tea bags and bring to the boil

Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and add the chicken stock cubes.

Allow the Rooibos to infuse for 25 minutes. Remove and discard the teabags after squeezing any excess liquid into the Rooibos infusion

Meanwhile: Peel and chop the potatoes. Peel and finely chop the onions. Scrape and slice the carrot. Crush the garlic cloves. Remove as much sinew as possible from the soft shin and cut into bite sized pieces

Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan, when shimmering add the chopped onions and crushed garlic. Saute until tender.

Add the meat and brown in the oil, add the paprika and cumin and stir fry for 1 minute

Add the Rooibos Infusion and the tomato paste, potato and carrot and bring to a rolling boil

Reduce the heat, and simmer the Rooibos liquid until the meat is tender about 2½ hours

Place the corn flour into a cup, add a little cold water and stir to make a smooth paste
Slowly add a little of the soup liquid to the corn flour paste, stirring all the time, ensuring you have no lumps.

When the cup is ¾ full pour the cornflour mixture into the soup. Bring the soup to the boil stirring constantly until the Rooibos meat soup thickens slightly.

Add the sugar and sour cream, season to taste and reheat

Serve 8 people with the Rooibos meat soup and crusty bread

Rooibos Herbed Potato Soup Recipe

Rooibos Tea compliments the herbs which which change this otherwise mundane potato soup into something you'll be proud to serve

Rooibos Potato Soup Ingredients
1 quart [1 litre] water
4 Rooibos Teabags 1 lb [450g] Potatoes
2 Onions
1 clove garlic
5 chicken stock cubes 3 tbsp [45ml] butter
1 tsp [5ml] salt
1 tbsp (more or less according to taste] dried mixed herbs
1 tsp nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
4 tbsp [60ml] double cream
To make the Rooibos Potato Soup

Pour the water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the Rooibos Teabagsand reduce the heat, simmer rapidly for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and allow the Rooibos to infuse for 20 minutes. Remove the teabags squeezing to ensure all moisture is retained. Discard the teabags

Peel and slice the potatoes. Peel and chop the onions very fine.
Crush the clove of garlic

Place the butter in a large heavy bottomed saucepan, heat until hot, Add the chopped onions and garlic and saute until tender Add the potatoes and stir fry lightly.

Reheat the Rooibos Infusion and dissolve the chicken stock cubes in it once hot.

Pour the Rooibos chicken stock into the saucepan containing the potatoes and onions. Add the salt. Bring to a rolling boil, cover and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer until the potatoes are well done and soft

Puree the potatoes with 2 cups of the soup liquid in a blender, add the remainder of the stock and then return the Rooibos soup to the saucepan

Add the mixed herbs and nutmeg, bring to the boil stirring constantly

Remove from the heat and season to taste with the black pepper and additional salt if necessary.

Stir in the double cream and serve your Rooibos Herbed Potato Soup piping hot with rye bread

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