Did I ever tell you what an amazing cook my father is? No? Well let me tell you, he is an EXCELLENT cook. He really knows his flavors and has a very well developed palate. He loves to experiment in the kitchen and is very meticulous and careful when he combines different flavors. Its like he can taste a dish in his head before he actually cooks it and knows the exact ingredients to include so that it all comes together just the way he imagined. I have never tasted a dish my father made that I did not like.
Although my mother cooked our day-to-day meals growing up, my dad would always cook something special and different on Sunday afternoons. He loves trying different cuisines and experimenting in the kitchen, but there are a few of his signature dishes that would always suffice on Sundays if he didn’t know what to make, one of those dishes was his chicken soup. This soup is a classic in Caribbean cuisine and has variations based on country. Root vegetables are mostly used with the addition of fish or meats. My favorite is the cassava and plantains.
This was no ordinary chicken soup you know, this was a flavorful, good-for-you soup with lots of healthy vegetables and spices. The broth was always so deliciously spicy, it made your eyes water and nose run, but you just kept eating it because it tasted so damn good.
My dad makes his base from pumpkin and a little bit of split peas which gives it a different flavor, but still one that is very tasty. The pumpkin will melt throughout the cooking process and give the soup a nice flavor.