Cooler days have been beneficial in respect of renewing our interest in making soup. If you have never tried your hand at making your own potion, try it and you will be amazed at just how good homemade soup can be. Many Mediterranean vegetables are ideal candidates for the soup pot. One recent addition to our menu has been the butternut squash; this vegetable a member of the gourd family grows well here but has often been overlooked by us.
Only last night, I made a Butternut Squash soup that will become a regularly used recipe by us, if you would like to try it here is the method.
Large Butternut squash
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground corriander
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
2 pints of stock (chicken or vegetable)
Dry white wine or fino sherry
Peel and de-seed the butternut squash, cut into large chunks (2") and place on a baking tray.
Sprinkle both the cumin and corriander over the squash. Place the tray into a hot oven 180C and roast the squash for 2o mins.
Sweat the chopped onion in a pan. Add the roasted squash and cook for 2 min's. on a high heat.
Add the stock, salt and pepper, and a splash of either dry white wine or 'Fino sherry', now add the parsley and thyme. Cook on a medium heat for 5 min's.
Place the vegetable mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. and then return to pan. Taste and season with salt and pepper if required. (Tip: adding more parsley and thyme will reduce the need for salt).
Add more water if you desire a thinner soup. Passing the mixture through a sieve is another optional step
Warm the soup before adding a splash of cream.
Savour the flavour of this soup.