So I’ve not blogged for ages and have decided to share something completely different with you. It’s not that I haven’t been crafting lately it’s just that having been able to get back into the kitchen I am once again enjoying making delicious homemade food.
I recently bought a carton of Covent Garden Butternut Squash and carrot soup and thoroughly enjoyed it but decided I could replicate the flavours at a fraction of the cost. I took note of the ingredients and this is what I did.
I sauteed 2 cloves of garlic in a pan along with a quarter teaspoon each of paprika, chili powder, 2 bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds in about one tablespoon of rapeseed oil (you could use olive or sunflower). Just took enough time to coat and soften the garlic.
I then added… three chopped carrots, one chopped butternut squash, one large chopped potato, two chopped onions, a couple of chopped sticks of celery and continued to sautee for a few minutes until beginning to soften and coated with the spices… the smell at this point is gorgeous!
At this point I want to share a picture of my spice collection, brilliantly displayed in alphabetical order but with the added interest of mixed size and shape jars. I love it.
I have just realised that this actually only shows 3 of the 4 shelves but you get the idea. Having some order here makes selection much easier! Trust me, it beats rummaging around a basket or drawer any day of the week.
Back to the cooking.
Add 2 pints (or thereabouts) of stock- I used a vegetable stock cube but chicken would also work.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes
Cool then blitz. Add more liquid if required at this point. Also you may want to adjust your seasoning here by adding salt and pepper- I prefer to leave this to individual taste.
Serve and enjoy
I ate mine with a mediterranean loaf, cheese and chutney- YUM!