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Todays’ autumn treat

on October 30, 2012

The clocks in the UK all went back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Now we wake to daylight but plod home in the dark. Driving past homes with lights showing in their windows feels like a return to olden times. Home at this time of year welcomes us like a safe cave. And safe caves should have warm fires at their heart with a pot of something hot and tasty and nourishing on it. This means it’s time for real cooking…

So today’s autumn treat was butternut squash soup. A friend gave me a small butternut squash which reminded me how much I love that soup, so I bought myself a bigger one to add to it and this morning set to.

It is an extremely easy recipe.

Obviously you’ll need at least one butternut squash. Split it in half and scoop out the seeds. Peel it thickly with a knife, and chop it into chunks. Do the same with half the amount of potato. Meanwhile, soften in a little oil an onion (or two if you’re making a huge amount) that you’ve peeled and chopped.

When the onion’s soft, add the squash and potato and stir it round a for a few minutes before adding enough stock to cover. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 25 minutes.

Switch off and let it sit till it’s cool enough to blenderise.

The result is sweet and luscious,velvety smooth and irresistible.

You can make it elegant with garlic croutons (buy a packet!) tossed negligently on a gentle swirl of plain yogurt.

Then devour!

Though maybe after saying grace?

   ” For life and love, for rest and food,

     for daily help and nightly care,

    sing to the Lord, for he is good,

     and praise his name, for it is fair.”

John Samuel Bewley Monsell 1811-75




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