I am really excited about this post! Lately, I’ve been wanting to have more guest bloggers featured on my site, just to keep things interesting. When I asked my Mama (Barbara Kent) to write a post, she was more than happy to oblige. I’ve learned a lot of my kitchen tricks and secrets from her, so it’s only appropriate that she make an appearance. I can attest that this soup is one of her most popular culinary creations (although her baking is amazing… hopefully I can get her to guest post about that one day too!) Please join me in welcoming my Mama in her blogging debut!
The experience of cooking is never something I enjoyed or detested, it was just another facet of life in the Kent household as wife and mother. I certainly like baking, but where everyone seems to be counting calories, or in my case, watching carbs, it’s best to avoid temptation. However, I do love it when my darling husband asks me to cook or bake something specific. It changes everything when you know it is wanted and enjoyed. It means you have been successful in pleasing them, and food pleases many of our senses. Think about it: the smells of fresh bread baking, the texture of creamy cheesecake, the sound of a steak sizzling as it grills and the kick in a spicy Thai dish.
I found a recipe that not only made me proud, but everyone seems to go crazy about it – even my brother, who intimidates the hell out of the rest of the family with his vast culinary abilities. Since my Spicy Squash Soup is perfect for winter lunches and freezes well, you can enjoy it year-round. It’s like no other squash soup I have tried, and different is good. Break out of your boring routine and try something new as we welcome a New Year!
- 1 onion chopped
- 8 cups peeled & chopped butternut squash
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp marjoram
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 (250g) block of cream cheese
- Sauté the onions in a large pot in a bit of oil. When clear, add the squash, broth and spices. Bring to a boil and cook about 15 mins until the squash is soft and tender. Now you puree the mixture in a blender, in batches, with the two blocks of cream cheese until it’s creamy and smooth. The smell, I guarantee, will have you taste-testing! Measure out how much is needed for your first meal and heat it through; be careful not to let it boil. Then, freeze the rest or save for lunch another day. The light wheat colour is a pleasant change and the zip from the cayenne pepper is a sure-fired surprise.
I think we should invent a new sense: the smile. Some recipes just put a smile on your face and I hope this is one of them! Enjoy!