Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Soup Time.

 This year's crop of Butternut squash has been very successful. There are still over 40 of them to pick.
 I am currently making lots of things with them in.
 Roasting brings out the best flavour. Soup can be made from lightly roasted butternut but on this occasion I boiled it.
 My recipe.
Finely chop then sauté 1 large onion, in a little oil, over a low heat..
Add 1 knob of finely chopped or grated root ginger.
 Add 2 tsps of ground tumeric  and 2 tsps of ground cumin.
 Add 1/2 tsp of garlic flakes .
 Now add 2 kgs of peeled chopped butternut squash, and just cover with vegetable stock or hot water.
 Boil till butternut is soft. Cool slightly and blitz with a blender stick. Reheat. Serve in heated bowls with sour cream, parsley and a crusty roll.( add cracked pepper & salt if liked )
Very tasty. Adjust  herbs and spices & seasoning to your liking.

Yesterday was a beautiful clear day so I walked up and over the Quarry park track, puffing ever so slightly on the steep part. I had photo opportunity stops as well. ( I should make time to do it every day , but usually take a quicker option. )
 In the butterfly garden Colette dahlias were attracting lots of Monarchs.
 I waited till this one opened it's wings. Note the round tag on it's  right wing.

 The Mt in the distance with one of our kiwifruit blocks directly below.( mid left ) 
 This is the sensory garden designed for wheel chair access and has plants at hand level for blind folk to smell and touch.

 At one point in the Quarry is a clear view down through the trees to our house. Notice the red leaves on the Viburnum tree behind it. ( all the kiwifruit blocks are obscured from this angle . )
 On Saturday we spent time  spreading 1 year old pea straw over the  house vege garden,
 to break down more and suppress the weeds, over Winter.
I hope you  have a productive week everyone.


Deb said...

Ali, your soup recipe sounds beautiful.Just what the weather is leading toward these days. That's something I have planned to do also over the next couple of weeks to pop in the freezer.

Digitalgran said...

i love your photos as usual Ali. At last I'm feeling creative and have started blogging again. Great to be in touch with old friends too!

Chookyblue...... said...

love pumpkin soup..........made one with cauliflower and pumpkin, curry power, coconut cream.......
the butterfly flower are so pretty.........