Food for the

My mother has reinvented the concept “Chicken Soup for the Soul”! In desperate need of some tender loving care this week, and despite the distance between us, she bestowed upon me one of her most treasured secrets…

Its brilliantly easy, super quick to make – perfect for a week night treat OR a decadent dinner party; it’s easy on the pocket and best of all…it soothes the soul – in every manner of speaking. Its moms “Palm Heart Soup for the Soul” – a perfect example of the fusion of the concept of ‘living food’ and for the heart!


W H A T  Y O U  W I L L  N E E D ~ (Dinner for two or double for four)

  • 1 can/ jar palm hearts – sliced (the can is more readily available in SA)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 punnet cream (Woolies does a reduced fat version for the heart and waist conscious) or plain yoghurt – keep a little aside for garnishing

Laban/ Labneh is more traditionally used in Middle-Eastern cuisine, which is almost like a plainer version of Danish feta.

  • 25g butter
  • 2 leeks – washed well and sliced
  • 2 large potatoes – peeled and diced
  • Salt and Pepper

* I added two cloves of chopped garlic which worked well although was not part of the original recipe…your choice!



M E T H O D ~

Sauté the (garlic) leek, potato and palm hearts in the butter, add the stock and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and process (a hand blender works well), and return to a low heat. Add the cream and serve with croutons or a drizzling of cream/ yoghurt and ideally, eat.arts’ Black Lava Gourmet Salt.


The soup has an unusual tangy flavour and is horribly more-ish…I recommend making more than needed!

Of course, a healthy sized glass of good red wine and roaring fire completes the soul-soothing effect. Enjoy, with compliments Trish Rush, Doha-Qatar a.k.a my mom.

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Written for by: Nancy Hoepner

Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual and performing arts. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.


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