The first recipe of the year is this simple yet stunningly good looking soup. We got this recipe from a new cook book I got for Christmas, which has been FADHoppered. There are probably tonnes of butternut squash recipes on the internet but I would have never thought of this recipe without the cook book.
Another present I got for Christmas, which I got to test on this dish was a new camera. It is a Canon DLSR camera (sounds like I am a camera professional when I say DLSR but sadly I am not. I would like to learn though) I tried it on Christmas day with a starter my mother made, of prawn cocktail.
Look at how amazing that dish is. It is not a perfect photograph as there are things in the background but, not knowing what to do and just pointing and clicking, the photograph looks amazing and one million times better than my old camera. It made the Christmas dinner look good as well. The Christmas lunch was amazing though. We had turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots and 2 brussel sprouts (Not a big fan of them but its Christmas so you have to have them. It is pretty much the law!) There is one thing I am Mr. Grinch about and that is Christmas cracker hats. I refuse to wear them. I have done since a baby and I probably will for the rest of my life!
I think I have summed up my camera and Christmas Lunch now (I will speak about other presents in future blogs). Before I get on to the recipe of the soup, I would like to discuss my terrible day, probably an over exaggeration.
Where do pirates shop? Arrrrrrrgos (I told you there was a bad pirate joke)
My girlfriend and I ordered a book case off Argos. It was meant to come between 7am to 6pm. First thing that went wrong, the day before we received no text about the time of arrival. We stupidly set the alarm for 7am to make sure we were awake for the delivery. 1pm came and went – No phone call, no package. We checked outside for the package to make sure as well. At 1pm we decided to take our mind off things and make the soup, which I will get to shortly. I really enjoyed the soup and butternut squash is now my favourite food of the month. I don’t really have a favourite food of the month, that is just sad (unless anyone does then it is really cool…) We finished the soup and still had no phone call or package. We watched The Losers and still no package. 6pm came and still no package! We were annoyed and decided to give up and have a beer which is what we did. The next day came and I rang up the Argos delivery company about to shout the house down and they said it was outside in a “secure location”. I ran outside, found the package just lying outside from 6.45pm, the previous night. We were just so lucky it didn’t rain or get stolen. Therefore to summarise; no text, no phone call, package arrived late and wasn’t in a secure location and just left outside!
Now that is off my chest, below is a lovely simple soup and the prawns add an extra flavour and texture which I love (who doesn’t like a good prawn though right?)
Serves : 2-4
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time : 40 minutes
Pack of cooked prawns
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and diced
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, chopped roughly
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 ltr chicken stock
Tbsp of butter
Sea Salt and Pepper
Heat the oven to 200 Deg C.
Add the butternut squash to a roasting tray.
Drizzle with olive oil and add sea salt over the squash.
Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
Heat olive oil in a pot
Sweat the onions for 5 minutes or until soft.
Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Add the pinenuts and cook for a minute or two.
Remove from heat until needed.
Add the squash to the pot after the 20 minutes
Add enough stock to cover the ingredients and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Keep warm until needed.
Melt butter in a frying pan and warm the prawns through.