Seriously, I’m not kidding or trying to make a funny, say it to yourself a few times out loud, soup soup soup. It’s an odd one, makes no sense and just sounds really odd when repeated, and it never fails to make me at least smile!
I make soup at least once a week, usually on a Tuesday so I can buy some nice bread when I do the food shopping to have with it. This was my first outing with Ripe From Around here, it’s the Simple and Smooth Squash Soup.
I have to say I wasn’t as inspired by this book as I was the first one. I can’t quite put my finger on why though, probably a combination of not having recipes in it that sound tasty to me and there being quite a few ingredients that I either don’t use or don’t keep on hand. I’ve had it since it came out as I used the first book quite a bit but I’ve only used it the once so far and it’s not one I pull off the shelf right away when looking for meal inspiration. Maybe it will grow on me with time, I’ve had books that I didn’t use for ages and then suddenly couldn’t stop cooking from, so I’m not giving up on it totally but it wasn’t the cheapest so it’s a little disappointing not to have used it much yet.
Anyway, due to the fact that I am lazy and sometimes don’t read the recipe thorough fully until I’m actually making the dish I didn’t realise that the squash for this soup was supposed to be roasted first. As I needed to have dinner on the table 45 minutes later I just skipped that step and cubed the squash and boiled it in the stock and spices until it was done and then added the coconut milk and pureed the whole thing. I made the curried version which had additional spices to the regular recipe and it was really tasty. I also left the oil out as per usual and just steam fried the onions.
We all really enjoyed it and the leftovers reheated well for lunches for a few days. At least I know there is one recipe from the book that I’ll be using again in the future!