During our winter, I haven't made soup as often as the previous years, so I thought I had better snap into gear and do so before the end of our cool season. There is something quite satisfying about coming inside from the cold outdoors, then heating up a serving of soup to diminish the chill.
What had also prompt me to make this potato soup with the spicy paprika, was due to the abundance of the powdery substance we already had in our cupboard. Peter's (my hubby) Hungarian colleague arrived at work one day with his gift of Kotányi Paprika Csípös from a recent trip to Hungry, and would brag (I won't tell you what he really said) that this Hungarian paprika variety beats any powered paprika on the German food market "hands down" as far as its strength. I have yet to open the second 100g packet that the fella has given us, so I wonder just how many potato and paprika soups we can endure over the course of time. The soup is rather wholesome, and has a touch of crispness with its pre pan-fried potatoes and croutons that is added to the mixture. This soup recipe is definitely a keeper in my books, or I should say blog, so there will be more use for this red powder to come!
What do you like to cook with your powdered paprika?
Last summer, we discovered a stylish and accomplished ceramic gallery whose wares are made on its premises. It was only by chance that we came across the gallery that is set in a street of half-timbered houses in Oberderdingen (try saying this a few times!), while out sightseeing with our Australian visitor. The town is full of charm, which I vow to return to make a photo session for a later post. It was here at Töpferei Wenzel, where I found the denim blue bowl that was used for this potato soup. Their prices are very reasonable for the quality and the workmanship of their tableware. The prices range from 8 Euros for the smaller objects (such as the tiny vase that I've used in the top picture), to 15+ Euros for a soup pot and for the larger food containers.
Töpferei Wenzel also produces contemporary lamps and art pieces for the home. Their charming rooftop figurines shaped as cats, foxes and witches...just to name a few shapes, are iconically fixed to the rooftops of homes in our Kraichgau region. I highly recommend a visit to their website, and Herbert Wenzel speaks English for International enquires.
Next-up...the soup kitchen will open again, and more Töpferei Wenzel pottery to come!