Sweet Potato Jalapeno Soup ~ That Time She Glued Herself to an Opium Pipe

Leaving Sister Madly to her own devices often results in a lot of no good, whether it be needlessly updating her revenge list, engaging in what-happens-when-you-do-this curiosities, or making what-the-hell purchases. Some of her more recent what-the-hell purchases have included a shrimp fork, a parsnip, a purple doorknob, a zebra print shower cap, and an antique opium pipe.

Unlike the shrimp fork, the opium pipe has become the prize of her collection, one subject to regular dustings and impish smiles- it even has its own display rack. So when she found that the pipe was coming loose in places, Sister Madly stuck it back together again with a little known adhesive called Super Glue…


Yes, there were visions of Sister Madly waltzing into Walgreens with an opium pipe glued to her hand in an attempt to find some nail polish remover. Tallulah, her sister/roommate/she-who-had-called-earlier-in-the-day-to-say-that-she-would-not-be-coming-home-that-night, had only acetone-free nail polish remover, lord knows why. Apparently, she did not even consider the possibility of Sister Madly fusing herself to an opium pipe at 11:30 one fine autumn night. Sister Madly finds this very irresponsible of Tallulah.

There was also the small matter of having to explain this predicament should someone ask- particularly someone with authority. Sister Madly hadn’t been smoking the pipe, most assuredly, but having just glued it to her hand might cause one to doubt her credibility, if not her faculties.


Faced with this possibility, she decided to tackle this predicament on her own, thank you, through a ritual that involved primordial grunting, cursing of the gods and methodically ripping her hand away from the pipe, thus returning herself to her former glory. It is safe to say that the pain was minimal compared to the humiliation which no doubt would have resulted from the aforementioned Walgreens scenario. As for the loss of skin… actually, there was no skin lost; Sister Madly knew exactly where it was.

Needless to say, one should know better than to send an unsupervised Sister Madly out for sweet potatoes. This resulted in a big roll of blue bubble wrap, some bendy straws, chocolate milk, and several pounds of shallots.

She did manage to get the sweet potatoes, although they were purple…

purple soup3


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 lg sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (any color)
  • 6-8 cups chicken or vegetable broth (enough to cover potatoes)
  • 4-5 jalapeno peppers, coarsely chopped and seeded to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaf, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, (opt, for a creamier consistency- did not use)
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, saute onion and garlic in butter or oil until tender
Add sweet potatoes, chicken broth, cumin and jalapenos
Cover and cook until potatoes are tender
Add cilantro and cream
Coarsely mash potatoes with a potato masher
Add carrots and celery
Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently

POST’S THEME SONG: Brilliant Mistake, Elvis Costello

21 responses

  1. Hilarious post! 😀


    February 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Upon reflection, yes. But at the time… not so much. 🙂


      February 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

  2. Brilliant recipe, wonderful title for a blog post, bravo, good theme song choice, too.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you. I’ve enjoyed your posts as well!


      February 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

  3. I would like to try this recipe out! Looks scrumptious. Do i really need the opium pipe in order to turn it blue? Haha

    Liked by 1 person

    February 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    • Sister Madly

      It is not the pipe itself; rather, what is IN the pipe that makes things so colourful!

      Liked by 1 person

      February 6, 2014 at 11:09 PM

  4. John Thursday

    This is perhaps worthy of making the list of strangest looking soup of the year. There is not actually a list, that I know of; however, if there was, surely this soup would be on it. I do hope you learned from the habanero eyes while handling the jalapenos…



    February 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Purple sweet potatoes were just too hard to resist!
      Jalapeno eyes were averted; however, an ill-timed sneeze later on that evening resulted in jalapeno nose, which is also a lot of no-fun.

      Liked by 1 person

      February 15, 2014 at 1:12 PM

  5. John Thursday

    I don’t think I could resist purple sweet potatoes, either…


    February 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM

  6. The beauty of the removal of the pipe is you won’t be leaving those pesky incriminating finger prints behind on your lab visits. 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    March 13, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Don’t think that I haven’t thought of that. Still, it’s a lot of trouble to go through every time the fingerprints grow back.

      Liked by 1 person

      March 13, 2015 at 12:43 PM

  7. Peace be with you ( puff puff so says the Peace pipe..) avoiding any forms of “Super” anything with you I am thinking is wise…

    Liked by 1 person

    August 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

  8. The SUPER supernatural happens at the stroke of midnight in your l oldest cemetery where the dead come out to play BINGO…. bingo never gets old, even for the dead… but the prize isn’t money ..what dead creature needs money…no no… The ultimate prize is to come back alive for a mere moment and eat a glazed donut… if that is not SUPER supernatural I don’t know what is…. it is a sight to behold indeed. Just don’t forget the coffee or milk …they get pissed if you forget coffee or milk…… just give me call when you plan on going and I will be there 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 23, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    • What happens if we forget the donuts?


      August 23, 2017 at 11:06 AM

      • They will drag us under to the netherworld with them until next BINGO night!! Might be a nice adventure though..you never know… (bring extra socks and underwear)

        Liked by 1 person

        August 23, 2017 at 11:10 AM

  9. I got glued to an opium pipe once but it was a long time ago in a land far, far away and is a story probably best left for another time.

    As for the soup, I love making soups and this looks decidedly odd but sounds delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 9, 2019 at 5:05 AM

    • So getting glued to an opium pipe is a common occurrence amongst my fellow man?

      Liked by 1 person

      October 10, 2019 at 3:22 PM

      • It seemed to be quite de rigeur in Cambodia in the 90’s.

        Liked by 1 person

        October 12, 2019 at 6:37 AM

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