This is an easy and adaptable soup that can be made with most squash or pumpkins.
* Roughly chop a medium size squash (about1kilo should be OK for 4) cut into large cubes or wedges whichever is convenient.
* Put in a lightly oiled roasting tin with some crushed garlic cloves (4-5) and season well with salt and pepper. (There is no need to skin either of them at this stage).
You can flavour the cooking oil with coriander, or use a ready-flavoured oil like chilli, or walnut. Be sparing with these oils as they could easily over power the squashes own flavour.
* Place them into a preheated oven at 190/ gas 5 for about ½ hour or until tender and coloured.
* Cool sufficiently so you can scrape the flesh from the skin.
* Pop the flesh of the garlic out of its skin and place the squash and garlic together in a blender.
* Add either 1 litre of vegetable stock, or chicken stock, or stock and milk. You are aiming for a thick creamy consistency.
* Blitz till smooth - you may have to do this in batches depending on the capacity of your blender.
* Return to a saucepan and heat gently, taste and season. The soup should be a creamy consistency.
* I personally like small chunks of veg in my soup, so you could keep back some of the squash or maybe add some pre- cooked courgettes, or parsnips cut into small pieces to add when returning soup to the pan from the blender.
* Add flavourings like;-
Grated nutmeg - good with butternut squash,
Swirl of soured cream
Lightly fried garlic slivers
Good flavours to add to stock are rosemary or thyme (remove before liquidising).
Taste for seasoning and add more stock if it's too thick. You're aiming for a fairly thick and creamy consistency. Return to the pan and heat gently, don't let it boil.
Serve with some chunks of fresh bread - poppy seed is fabulous, or try ciabatta or crusty wholemeal bread.
I had decided to start this blog especially for recipes that can be used for all the gluts of fruit and vegetables that having an allotment or kitchen garden can produce. It saves having to use the allotment blog for posting lengthy recipes.
However it looks like my Crafts are taking over my life and this blog during the winter months. So bear with me if it's recipes you are after as I will still post some.
Also If I know of any books or links that I come across that will be of interest to other crafters, who like myself have to do something when the growing season is dormant, I will add the book title or link on here.
If you have a favourite recipe or book that you would like added please let me know. In fact I would love to have your recipies on here and will always put a link to your name and say who supplied the recipe.
I live in Hampshire with my husband Austin, I have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. I Love photography and growing my own veg on my allotment and crafts of all kinds. We travel whenever possible and I always have my camera with me to take photo's of whatever appeals to me, whether it's scenery, or people.
I am now crazy about Crochet too.