This is perfect for a rainy day and is super easy in the sense that you can fling it all together and there aren’t too many steps, but you will need to give this a good hour and a half or two in order to get it nice and tender. It was supposed to be just sweet potato but then I opened the freezer to get something and discovered that I had a few cubes of pumpkin frozen and waiting patiently to be used up so I flung them in as well. I was glad I did because that added a lovely, sweetnss to the overall flavour. The pumpkin also went really well with the delicate aroma of the leeks and this came together to be a wonderfully mellow and well-rounded dish. Far less stodgy than the name pottage implies, it is probably more of a chunky soup, but a delicate and more-ish one! Give it a go and see what you think! As always, pictures and recipe below.

sweeta potato pottage


Sweet potato ad prawn pottage


Prawn Pottage omnomlagos



4 – 6 sweet potatoes depending on size

1 small pumpkin (optional)

1 leek, cut into thick disc slices

A handful of shallots, whole or cut into halves

1 green bell pepper, cut into squares

1 large chilli pepper, sliced

10 large prawns

5 mushrooms, sliced

1 baby cabbage cut into large chunks

2 cloves of garlic finely diced

1 teaspoon of ginger, finely diced

Rock salt and pepper to taste, but really any salt will do

Suya pepper to garnish



  • In a miniscule amount of oil, stir fry the shallots, leeks, chilli, ginger and garlic.
  • Almost immediately, add the other ingredients except the prawns
  • Season very well with salt and pepper, and cover with about two cups of clean drinking water
  • Cover the pot, turn the heat way down, watch a couple of episodes of House of Cards, but check it from time to time to make sure all the water hasn’t dried up. You need this to be a bit soupy because that’s where the wonderful aromas come from while you’re eating.
  • When the veg has cooked down into a nice, soft, jumble of goodness, add the prawns, stir gently and cover again.
  • Once the prawns are cooked, take this off the heat and serve in large bowls.
  • Sprinkle a bit of suya pepper over the top and enjoy!