Planet of the Scapes

by Pearl Pirie

There may be as many ways to do this soup as there are people. I used goat butter because I’m on a goat-everything kick: goat butter, goat yogurt, goat feta, goats on Twitter, goats on Youtube. . .

6 large potatoes for boiling, cubed
1 onion bouillon cube
2 small leeks, chopped
1 tbsp goat butter (or your choice of oil)
1 green onion
1 cup of milk, almond or your choice
sprinkle annatto (an orange-red condiment, derived from the seeds of the achiote tree)

You can puree it smooth or empty most of the water (for later) and mash the potatoes to have more texture in the soup. The thing with using almond or cashew milk is the grey cast. Sprinkling in some annatto powder turns it more cream-coloured. Keep the potato water as it thickens overnight and you can loosen it down again for leftovers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMillet fritters (makes 8,
serves 2-3)

1/2 cup raw millet, soaked 7-24 hours
1 1/2 cups water
2 small green onions, chopped
1 small carrot, grated
2 tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)
goat butter and olive oil for frying
flour for dredging (I used rye flour because it was handy)

Boil millet with salt to taste, simmering for 20-25 minutes, until millet is tender.

Add the onion and carrot to the hot millet, stirring thoroughly to break up the millet grains, creating a mashed potatoes consistency.

Put a spoonful in frying pan or onto griddle and flatten with a flipper. Repeat for each patty. Saute 3-4 minutes per side or until crisp. The inside will be soft and the outside crisp golden.