When I'm not writing I enjoy cooking. At this time of year you want something warm and filling and once you've had that *winks* a good bowl of soup really hits the mark. So here are two of my current favourite soup recipes for you to enjoy!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 Medium butternut squash
1 medium Onion
1 large sweet potato (about half the size of your squash)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
2 pints (approx) vegetable stock
1-2 drops worchester sauce
Lemon juice to taste
salt &pepper to taste
preheat your oven to gas mark 6 or the equivalent
start by chopping your butternut squash in half. scoop out the seeds then chop into inch square (ish) pieces -keep skin ON!
Cut the sweet potato with skin on to the same sized chunks.
Peel onion and cut into inch chunks.
fling it all into a roasting pan / onto a baking tray with a bit of a lip and drizzle the olive oil over. sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over veggies and fling into the oven for around 1 1/2 hours (til tender)
When your veggies are tender fling them into a blender and blend with 1 pint of veg stock 'til smooth. If you've got a stick blender like me, just bang your veggies into a bowl with the stock and blend.
Use some of the other stock to clean out blender cup or just add as you go along with your stick blender until you've got the consistency you like. Add more water if you use all your stock and it's still too thick for your liking.
now add your drops of Worchester sauce (if desired) and lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Without the salt and lemon the soup is very sweet, so you just want to flavour it until the sweetness balances out with the savoury.
Vegetable Noodle Soup
This is a fantastic, light, filling, warming soup which takes little to no effort to put together -great for if you're feeling a bit poorly. All ingredients are approximations, you can add bits in, take bits out, up amounts, lower amounts, whatever you want to do.
Noodles (whatever you have in, whatever you like)
garlic grated/chopped finely
fresh ginger grated/chopped finely
carrot cut finely (I grate mine on the side of my grater, you could use a peeler to make thin strips)
spring onion, chopped
pepper (bell) diced
chilli (whole, powdered,chilli oil whatever)
lime/lemon juice -a few drops.
Salt and Pepper
corriander leaf, chopped.
boil water in a medium pan, throw in noodles. Add in all your veg, garlic, ginger, soy etc and stir. cook for 5 mins or 'til noodles are tender.
Pour into a bowl, season as you like and put a bit of chopped corriander in if you have it.
Eat & enjoy.
I hope I've inspired you with these recipes, maybe they'll hit your hot spot too!