As the French Rooms restaurant, Bushmillls remains shut during the latest Covid19 lockdown we are recreating memorable dishes from our travels to keep our spirits up! Prague is a favourite city break destination for us. It’s known for its historic architecture as well as its diverse cultural scene and numerous museums but also has a vibrant food scene. The city is home to many restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine with an emphasis on meat dishes and hearty soups such as bramboračka (potato soup) or česnečka (borscht).
There are lots of food tours and culinary experiences on offer. We indulged in patisserie more than once whilst grabbing a coffee in one of the rather grand cafes. Cafe Mozart is a must experience cafe in the Old Town square. A late-boroque cafe with a wonderous selection of cakes, patisserie and deserts. Twice a week classical music concerts are performed in Café Mozart by a string quartet. One of our highlights was getting some last minute tickets to this much sought after experience. Tickets include a 3 course meal.
We recommend trying potato soup which is very popular among locals and tourists alike! This delicious dish will warm your heart and soul on a cold winter day! A popular way to serve potato soup is in a bread roll but we can’t handle that amount of carbs right now (New Year, New Me and all of that!) so the recipe we are sharing is a sweet potato version of the most memorable meals we enjoyed at Pastva, a vegetarian restaurant.
Find out more/plan a trip
There are lots of food tours available and we took a River Cruise which included an incredible meal. Check out the following blogs and start planning a post lockdown trip.
Sweet potato soup
- 300g sweet potato
- 100g carrot
- 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 2cm ginger (peeled & grated)
- 1 small chopped chilli
- 1 onion (sliced)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5ltr vegetable stock
- salt & pepper
- Optional – Coconut cream/Greek yoghurt
Peel and roughly chop the carrot and sweet potato, steam or boil until soft. In a large saucepan over a medium heat, add a drizzle of oil following the onion, garlic and ginger and sweat until soft (without colour). Add the chilli and cinnamon. Stir well then add the cooked carrot and sweet potato. Finally add the vegetable stock and leave to cook on a low heat for 15 minutes. Blend to your preferred consistency (I prefer it a couple of steps removed from puree so it doesn’t resemble baby food!) An optional extra is to add a couple of tablespoons of coconut cream, I added a spoon of Greek yoghurt. but most importantly is to season the soup to your taste and serve in warm bowls.
Where to stay
We were fortunate to grab a fantastic deal at the rather grand Alchymist Hotel and we left with design inspiration for our self catering accommodation Maison https://thefrenchrooms.com/maison-accommodation/ in Bushmills. It was a luxurious stay in an excellent location with a traditional bar, decent restaurant and an atmospheric Spa.
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