Sweet potato + coconut soup – Cohu nutrition

March 3, 2018


Thanks to Kathleen for sharing her delicious recipe and her story with us. It is a pleasure to have her in my little blog space. Scroll to the bottom to see where you can find her online and enjoy this perfect soup between snow showers in Northern Ireland! 

Name: Kathleen Henderson

  • A food lover for how long? I would say that I have always loved food! However, when I moved to Northern Ireland in 2010, after marrying my husband Daniel (a Coleraine native), I started to get more into nutrition simply because I started cooking more from scratch. Most of the familiar foods that I grew up on in America were not available over here and so I started cooking more from scratch and feeling better for it! I studied medicine for my undergraduate degree and therefore healthcare was always important to me, however, moving to Northern Ireland became a shift for me towards focusing on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention of ill health.

  • Gym or Run? I have been running since I was 9-years old. I used to run 4 miles every morning at 5:30am while my dad rode his bike next to me, I was a bit mad I think, haha!  I continued running track (athletics) and cross country right through University. However, my main sport growing up was actually soccer (football), that is what first brought me over to the UK when I was 14, as  I played in an international football tournament in Wales. More recently, with a 15-month old daughter, home workouts and walks are more of the norm!
  • Inside or outside workout? Preferably outdoors!
  • Smoothie or juice? I do love a good juice now and then, but I actually prefer eating whole fruits and veg most often!
  • Eat out or sit in? Sit in definitely. I’ve always enjoyed being creative with food, though I also don’t like spending lots of time in the kitchen, so quick, healthy, tasty meals are my jam!
  • Fave meal: Probably lasagne, I love Italian food! I have learned to make many variations however, including a really yummy courgette noodle lasagne, as my husband has wheat intolerance.
  • Drink of choice: green tea with jasmine


My husband and I helped set up a café here in Coleraine called ‘Lost and Found’ and because I was into nutrition, it was voted out of the four of us (including our friends and cofounders Emily and Dave Lynas) that I would be in charge of the food, yikes! Needless to say, I jumped in and became the head cook of L&F for the first couple years. Before we opened, I went down to shadow the cooks at a café in Belfast called ‘Black Bear Café’ and they shared this recipe with me to use in our café because it was a hit recipe amongst their customers. It was very kind of them to share the recipe with me because it did indeed become a hit at L&F as well!

At least up here on the North coast, there was not much variety in cafés for different soup options beyond the usual potato and leak and vegetable broth soups. I wanted to get people trying new flavours and to expand their thinking in regards to vegetables. So I introduced the sweet potato and coconut soup and that started a trend where people started coming to L&F for the unique soup flavours. It was encouraging hearing customers say that they had never tried a certain vegetable before until they tried it in one of our soups or salads and ended up loving it!


I’m excited now to be started in my new business Cohú Nutrition and focusing on nutrition education especially after completing my Masters in human nutrition at the University of Ulster. I still love cooking at home and providing people with healthy food inspiration through my Instagram account.

My heart and vision behind Cohú Nutrition is making healthy simple again, going back to the simple basics of cooking real food. Our bodies are designed amazingly and work well for us when we give them the fuel they need to function well. Everyone to me has inherent value and worth and nutrition is simply another way to communicate this value not only to yourself but those that you love.

Through my business, I seek to help individuals find this value in themselves, that their health is worth it, that they are worth it! Educate, Nourish, and Nurture are my three core pillars of my business. I seek to educate through up-to-date evidence-based nutrition advice, nourish through healthy meal inspiration and nurture because what we eat is so deeply connected to the many other facets of us and learning to nurture our whole-being is so important to our overall health!





Servings: serves 4


  • ½ litre vegetable stock (I use Marigold Swiss bouillon brand)
  • 400 millilitres coconut milk (mix with stock)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 med. onions (chopped)
  • 500 grams sweet potatoes (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes (adjust this to your taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala





  • Heat the oil in a large pan.
  • Add the onions and cook for about 10 mins over a medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes and cook four a bout 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chilli flakes, spices and the coconut milk/stock mix. Bring to a fast simmer, but do not let it come to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the potato is tender Allow it to cool slightly, and either in a liquidiser or with a stick blender blend the soup.
  • Gently reheat and serve in warm bowls.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.



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Thank you Kathleen! 


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