On medium heat, add a splash of olive oil to a pot. Saute diced onion until it becomes soft and translucent. Saute a diced carrot, and cook the garlic until it becomes fragrant.
Add the diced potatoes, a couple of bay leaves, thyme, cumin, and any other seasonings that you like! I usually add 1/2 tsp of a curry mix or garam masala. Add vegetable broth and water that is enough to cover the vegetables, bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes and carrots become soft.
Find the bay leaves and discard. Then blend using a stick blender, and mix in coconut milk. Season with salt, ground black pepper and cayenne, and garnish with chopped parsley or chives.