Curried butternut squash soup

curried butternut squash soup

Since I have the day off (President’s Day) and had a can of butternut squash in the cupboard and the secret ingredient this week is just that, I thought I would whip up some soup for lunch, esp since my BF said to boycott the secret ingredient. This way I can have some and not listen to any comments about veggies that he doesn’t care for. This soup is so tasty that I have now eaten two bowls (I was hungry) and now am a bit concerned as to what almost 32% of my fiber for the day in one fell swoop will do to me.

I received one of those little “boat motors” for Christmas and now that I opened it, I look for every opportunity to use it. It works great for things like this. I have learned that you need enough liquid in it to cover the blending device in order for it to do it’s job best.

Curried butternut squash soup

1 can butternut squash (14 oz) already pureed

1/2 onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

olive oil

2 cups broth, vegatable or chicken

2 TBS generic curry powder (sometimes I go the easy route – or make your own)

heavy cream to taste

salt and pepper

cilantro chutney and cream to garnish (optional of course, I just happened to have them around)

Sautee the onions and garlic lightly in a bit of olive oil, add curry powder, broth and squash and either toss in the blender or use a boat motor until smooth. Add a bit of heavy cream, salt and pepper to taste and bring up to a boil.

Pour into a soup bowl, garnish and slurp!

curried butternut squash soup butternut squash

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I really, really love washing dishes…still life with spice

My dishwasher fill valve has decided to move on. Funny how not having a functioning dishwasher can demotivate you. But not for long. The Sears guy was here today. The part will cost $20, labor $157 and there is the waiting. They must wait for the part and then we can reconnect 12 days later. So, for the next 12 days the dishes will be done by hand. Not really a big deal. My sink is a one sinker, so you have to wash and rinse at the same time, it just wastes water this way. I do more than half of the dishes by hand anyway as several would take up too much space in the dishwasher.

The thing to focus on is that I am lucky to have a dishwasher.

I was assembling some blackening seasoning a while back and realized that I had the perfect still life with spice on my hands. Here it is:

still life with spice

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creamed spinach gooey goodness

I love spinach, almost every way you can make it. The one exception is the icky way they made it when I was in grade school in West Virginia. I think they opened cans of spinach, heated it up and added vinegar. Strangely enough, I liked it ok then, but now, the thought is horrible. I am sure that can be improved on. Adding vinegar to greens in the South is the thing to do.

Yesterday I tried my hand at creamed spinach. It was so good, that I proclaimed we must make it at least once a month (too rich to eat weekly – although I would), that and the chicken piccada (lemon, capers, white wine and garlic sauce) I made to go with it.

So here is the rough recipe. It was so good, I completely didn’t think to photograph it until I was eating the leftovers for lunch.

Start by browning some bread crumbs (or crackers, what ever you have on hand) (1/2 cup or so) in 1 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs butter. Add some pepper and salt. Set aside.

Thaw one 10 oz box chopped frozen spinach and squeeze it pretty dry.

chop one med/small onion

mince 2 cloves of garlic

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil.

In a bowl, add to the squeezed spinach,

3/4 cup of heavy cream (it must be so, half and half will not do)

2-3 large spoonfuls of sourcream (soup spoon size) (this was probably 1/4 cup or so)

1/2 cup or more of ground Parmesan (or finely grated) I didn’t really measure this, just kept adding it until it has a fairly thick consistency.

sauteed onions and garlic

salt (not too much since you have parm in there)

freshly ground pepper

and the item that makes it so delicious – freshed grated nutmeg, lots of it, at least probably a teaspoon. If you don’t have fresh, use the ground stuff, but likely more of it.

Put in an 9×9 pan sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Place in 350 F oven for 20 – 25 minutes – until the edges look just a bit browned.

Then, attempt not to eat the whole pan in one setting, as I am sure that that much spinach may have adverse effects – even with the cheese in there. Essentially I made a spinach alfredo casserole.

I will post that leftover photo when I return on Sunday night or Monday. Off to the great wilderness of Northern Michigan.

By the way, still no problem with spelt – so I made a batch of no knead bread with it and let it rise and ferment for 48 hours to get really tangy. Will be eating it this weekend with some fresh chopped tomatoes with salt, basil and a hint of fresh garlic and olive oil – my recipe for bruscetta! Oh and some Fromage de Am’bert from France – a creamy blue (GF of course). For those of you wondering – I am a confirmed, biopsied celiac for over a year. And just to be on the safe side, I have a doc appt next week and plan to get the antibody test done again, to make sure the spelt isn’t really reacting and I am not having any symptoms.

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