…inspired by Anchorage, Alaska’s, Middle Way Cafe.

This vegan and vegetarian friendly Cafe is uniquely decorated with local Alaska art and alive with a cool, laid back vibe. The artsy-fartsy hipsters like to hangout here, sipping on their organically prepared coffee or tea, or quenching their thirst with a 100% made juice. My favorite is the Red Hot (carrot, apple, beat, ginger).

Organic, healthy and flavor-packed dishes are the main ingredients for the food served at Middle Way Cafe. Offering mouth watering baked goods and authentic salads and sandwiches, their flavorful, uniquely prepared soups are what keep me coming back for more.

The African Peanut soup has a creamy bold texture, that will surly ignite the palate with an abundance of pleasure. Loving it so much, I decided to learn how to make it myself. Below is my version of the soup, tasting, in opinion, nearly identical to theirs.

African Peanut Soup


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
4 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot, and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.

Pour water into the saucepan, and season the mixture with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook until heated through. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro and peanuts.