It’s been so grey this winter, it’s hard to not feel a little down when the sun goes awol. Kind of wish I had the means to hop on a plane and head south…! So to combat the grey skies I’m cooking with colour! This creamy delicious butternut squash soup brought a smile back, at least for a short moment! Be sure to scoop out the seeds and use them as well, nothing should go to waste, plus they’re delicious!
Cream of butternut squash soup
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed, seeds removed and reserved
1 medium onion
Enough stock (I used chicken) to cover veggies
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon grilled sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons hawaiij spices (recipe below)
1 can cream of coconut, reserve 1/6 for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Cilantro leaves and sliced green onions for garnish
Sauté onions in olive oil until soft and translucent, add butternut, spices and sesame oil and sauté until well blended. Add stock and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Add to blender with coconut cream and blend on high until smooth. Serve and garnish with reserved coconut cream, green onions and cilantro.
1 large slice of country bread
2-3 slices of aged cheddar
Red curry paste
Sliced green onions
Spread a thin layer of the curry paste on the bread, garnish with the sliced green onions, cheese then cilantro. Cut in half and close into a sandwich, butter both sides and grill in hot pan with a weight to brown well. Check and when bread is golden brown turn over and repeat. Enjoy with your soup for a delicious meal!
Hawaaij is a Yemenite spice mixture, varying from home to home, much like the curry mixes in India. This is a blend that Melissa Yeh shared on her blog, My name is Yeh
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Roasted pumpkin or squash seeds
1 cup seeds rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
dash of ground chipotle
Blend all ingredients and spread on a lined baking sheet. Cook in a 350º oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Will keep at least one month stored in an airtight container. Enjoy sprinkled on soups or as a snack!