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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried and roasted butternut squash soup

Curried and roasted butternut squash soup

Serves 4-6
Cook time 45 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish, Soup, Starter
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash (average to above-average size)
  • 1 head garlic (or adjusted to your taste (peas loves garlic))
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1/4 cup water (optional)
  • 2-3 cups veg broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or to taste)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • ½ - ¾ tablespoon curry powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh, chopped ginger (or ground, dried ginger ¼ T)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • salt + pepper (to taste)

Directions

Step 1 Split butternut squash in half —lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and squash guts. Lay cut side down in baking dish.

Place whole head of garlic or break into cloves —leaving the skin on. Put that in the baking dish.

Seed the pepper and cut in half or into quarters. Pop that in the same pan.

Cut onion into quarters and it goes in the pan too.

Add water (optional) to the pan or line with baking paper. I find adding the water speeds up the baking time and helps steam the squash. Some people don't like adding water and prefer baking paper or covering the bottom of the baking dish with olive oil.

Bake at 225°C for about 35-40 minutes. Poke the squash with a fork, if it's done, the fork will glide into the flesh easily.
Step 2 Skin the squash and garlic. Add all ingredients to a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add the rest of the ingredients. Add enough broth according to how thin/thick you want the soup —you can add a bit at a time and check consistency after the next step and add more if needed.
Step 3 Let your soup come to a low boil, then put heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes.
Step 4 Get your immersion blender* out and whir up your soup. I don't make a complete puree, I usually leave a few chunky bits.

*You can use a countertop blender, but be very careful. Using this method you should allow the soup to cool down considerably before blending as the heat under the lid produces steam which could pop the lid off, make a mess and possibly scald you. Not pretty or fun. Then you have to heat the soup up again if you make it past this stage successfully.
Step 5 Taste. Alter flavour and/or alter consistency.
Step 6
Serve with a red pepper coulis and Greek yoghurt swirl, homemade chunky croutons, zest of lime and swirl of Greek yoghurt, pumpkin seeds or a combination of any or all of these suggestions or none at all.

Shown here with homemade cheesy, garlic toast.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Step 7 Put it in your tummy...yum.
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Sampling the liqueurs

I may have had to taste the three liqueurs I’ve been making after adding the simple syrup. Currently making ginger liqueur, raspberry liqueur and rosemary grappa.

I may also have over-tasted.

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Ginger infused vodka

Ginger liqueur

Ginger liqueur

Serves 30
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
Misc Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 4-6 knobs ginger (you want to yield about 2 cups of shredded/grated ginger per litre of vodka)
  • 1l vodka
  • 2 vanilla bean (two beans per litre)

Simple syrup

  • 2/3 white sugar
  • 2/3 water

Directions

Step 1
Grate or finely shred the peeled ginger.
Peeling ginger
Step 2
Then, add the ginger to a rubber-sealed bottle or mason jar.
Ginger in the bottle
Step 3
Pour in vodka. Here, I have used two bottles because I didn't have any bottles big enough to fit everything in. *In hindsight, it is easier and more efficient to use mason jars —bottles don't allow easy removal of the ginger. 😉
Ginger infused vodka
Step 4
Split the vanilla beans and scrape out the deliciousness. Add to bottle.
Vanilla beans
Step 5 Give it all a good shake and store the mixture in a cool, dark place for two to three weeks.
Step 6 After the infusion period, strain the mixture through a coffee filter, cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer. Then, add the liquid back into the bottle.
Simple syrup
Step 7 Make the simple syrup by adding the water and sugar to a saucepan over low heat. Whisk it until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Step 8 Pour the simple syrup into the bottle. Shake, shake, shake and pop it back into the same cool, dark place for another two to three weeks.
Step 9 Drink as is for a light sipping drink or search the internets for recipes using ginger liqueur. Enjoy!