Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sunshine in a Bowl


Also know as Thai Butternut Squash Soup.

It is so cold and wet and windy today that I really felt like I needed warm, nourishing food with a spicy kick. It is 8°C (46°F) here and it feels more like November than September. I have a cold. It has rained heavily for the last two days and there has been some flooding. Angus's nursery was closed today because they had a huge leak all over the brand new carpet in the play area, such a shame. Fortunately John was off so I left Angus with him while I did my reading sessions at Bella's school. I am enjoying them so much - I will tell you more about them another day.

For the soup you will need:

1 onion
1 butternut squash or pumpkin
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
2 tbsp red lentils
1 pint chicken stock
1 400ml can of coconut milk
handful of fresh coriander

To make:
  • Peel and chop the onion and soften in some olive oil in a large saucepan or stock pot.
  • Peel, de-seed and dice the squash and add to the onion.
  • Add the tablespoon of Thai curry paste and stir into the vegetables. Cook for a few minutes.
  • Throw in the red lentils, then cover with stock. You want the veg just covered, so that it cooks, but isn't too watery.
  • Boil for 15 minutes then add the coconut milk. 
  • Boil for another 5 or 10 minutes, until you are happy that the squash and lentils are cooked.
  • Puree in a liquidiser or with a hand held blender.
  • Serve with a little chopped coriander on top.

It's quite a thin soup, but I liked it that way. Next time I make it I might add more squash or lentils or less liquid. It has such a sweet, warm kick - it must be the ginger in the Thai curry paste. It did wonders for my head cold, and for my mood.





52 comments:

  1. Hi Gillian,
    Get better soon! This wonderful soup will help, never had a Thai version before, so I shall make it as soon as the butternut squash arrive in France (hard to find!).
    Ivan

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    1. Good to know there is one vegetable that is tricky to get in France - I am always so envious of the the abundance of good fresh fruit and veg you can get there.

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  2. ooo sounds yummy! will have to try this version. I normally make mine with stock. feel better soon!

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    1. Thanks - I am feeling better already. x

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  3. Oh and don't we need sunshine at the moment? You've inspired me to use that butternut squash lurking in my veg box to make some instant sunshine!

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    1. We do need sunshine - yet more rain today. :-(

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  4. That looks yummy think I might try it soon :)

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  5. Hi Gillian, looks lovely, will have to try this version. I do a BNS and peanut one with a big dollop of smooth peanut butter added at the end and blended in. xxx

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    1. Mmm, with peanut butter, that sounds amazing. I have never used peanut butter in a soup before but that sounds so good, I will have to give it a try, thanks. x

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  6. Looks delicious! Definitely soup weather here today! It's wet and miserable.
    June

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    1. Still wet here too - luckily I had leftover soup to re-heat!

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  7. Nothing like a bit of spice for warming the cockles of your heart - we have just cooked up a big vat of lentil dahl.

    Pomona x

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    1. Mmm, I love lentil dahl, but I haven't cooked any for ages - I must rectify that! Thanks for the celtic sheepskin boots info - I bought some similar in m&s for £15 - I'm hoping to get at least one winter out of them! x

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  8. So sorry you too have succumbed to the onslaught of autumn cold viruses. Your soup looks so cheery and warming and comforting. Really hope you feel better soon. E x

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    1. I am ok really, thanks. I am discovering that primary schools are a hot bed of germs and viruses that are brought home and circulated around the family. x

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  9. There are some ingredients I don't have but I think I shall make a variation on this butternut squash theme as I have a butternut squash - it arrived in my Abel & Cole veggie/fruit box delivery last week and I've been wondering what to make with it.
    On my own cooking front today I have made: tomato & courgette soup (a favourite), three portions eaten at lunch, froze at least enough for 2 more portions; made from scratch 6 individual fish pies (i.e. cooked the fish, made the cheese sauce, boiled and mashed the potatoes); made bolognaise sauce (mince, onions, tomatoes, herbs, etc and then with some of the left-over mash, made two individual cottage pies (the mix is much the same as for bolognaise!) which I popped into the freezer, and the rest will be used for spag bol; made a chicken in red wine casserole, had two portions for supper with rice and broccoli and have frozen two portions for another time; and finally made an orange jelly (i.e. orange jelly + can of mandarins.) Not a bad cooking day and also managed the first draft of a new magazine article.
    Margaret P

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    1. Margaret, that food sounds amazing. All that preparation and planning, what a productive day. You can relax and watch the golf now knowing that dinner is taken care of.

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  10. Love the header photo of those leaves! Really pretty and yet so simple.
    Margaret P

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  11. Sounds yummy and looks yummy, and especially like the way it co-ordinates with the rest of your blog! Bring on Autumn x

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    1. Bring on Autumn indeed! My favourite season, time to hunker down, switch on the heating and comfort eat! x

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  12. I was eyeing this type of soup up in the supermarket on Monday - for a quick fix, but it had too many ingredients....I like my soup to be just as it says.

    Thanks of for the recipe - now I can make my own.

    Nina x

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    1. You're welcome! It's a super easy soup. I hope you like it. x

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  13. This soup looks delicious and the color is amazing! I have two butternut squash starring at me right now, so the timing of this recipe is perfect! I hope you are feeling well soon!

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    1. Staring, not starring. Silly me!

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    2. Feeling lots better, thanks - the kids bring so many germs home from school and nursery!

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  14. Dear Gillian
    Yum! Get better soon (I'm sure that the soup will help!)
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  15. I love butternut squash ... they are great with sweet potato in a soup flavoured with indian spice .... a bit of turmeric, cumin, coriander and garam masala ... lovely and good for a cold too ... hope you feel much better soon ... Bee xx

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    1. Bee, that sounds delicious, I can see how that would work as squash and sweet potatoes go so well in curries. Thanks for the suggestion! x

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  16. Oooo - this sounds delish. A perfect autumn dinner. I'm going to give it a whirl.

    Thanks for posting!

    Jenny

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    1. No worries! I hope you like it. You could add more lentils to make it a more filling, substantial meal.

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  17. Love the warming sensation that comes from eating ginger. Your soup looks yummy and beautiful

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    1. Me too - ginger is great for clearing the head too. I always want ginger and lemon tea if I have a cold.

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  18. I thought it looked quite thick from your photo, looks delicious anyway. Hope you feel better soon, I'm full of cold too so I might have to have a go at making the soup. Nothing like a nice bowl of soup to make you feel a little better, is there?

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    1. You are right, soup is the ultimate comfort food - you don't even have to chew!

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  19. i would adore this soup. i'll bookmark it, thanks.

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  20. The soup looks delicious -thanks for the recipe. It's definitely soup weather now, isn't it? I hope you feel better soon xx

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    1. Feeling much better, thanks. More soup weather here today - will this rain ever end?? x

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  21. Looks yum (and I love recipes that don't have a million ingredients)!

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    1. Me too - the more ingredients a recipe contains, the less likely I am likely to cook it. Things have to be quick and easy in my tiny kitchen! x

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  22. That soup sounds so yummy. We seem to have skipped autumn and gone straight to winter, I feel cheated!
    Hope you're feeling better soon, stay warm (and dry!)

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    1. All good, thanks. And the rain has FINALLY stopped - hurrah! x

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  23. Can't watch the golf as we don't subscribe to Sky, but will watch the highlights once the Ryder Cup starts! Fancy you remembering I enjoyed watching golf!
    Yes, as Colette says, it feels like we've skipped autumn and raced ahead to winter.
    Sadly, our walnut trees has hardly any nuts this year. We had a glut last year, were giving them away as far too many for us to eat, but not even enough to keep our resident squirrel (Mr Nutter) happy this year!
    Margaret P

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  24. Lovely blog and great recipe! The soup looks delicious! Hope you feel better soon...

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    1. Hi Daniela, thanks for stopping by, good to meet you!

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  25. Hi Gillian, Hope you're feeling better now. Yes, day care and school is a major source of parental illness! Know that very well here in our house. Just wondering how you are going with all this rain; we saw on our Australian news this morning footage of the terrible flooding. Hope you're ok. Best wishes, Liz, near Wollongong NSW

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, thanks for you kind thoughts. We are fine, thankfully, but many places have been really badly flooded. It must be awful. Looks like the rain has stopped now, what a relief. Gillian x

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  26. Just catching up here after a crazy week. Would you recommend any particular stock to a vegetarian Gillian?

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    1. I would just use a veggie oxo cube, and often do in fact. I don't think the stock has to be chicken really - there is so much flavour from the Thai paste that I doubt I could tell whether it was chicken or veg stock. x

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  27. I just picked 37# of butternut squash out of my front yard "garden," and have been thinking that I need to use some of it soon to make soup to stash in the freezer. This one looks perfect - I have all the ingredients and I love Thai spices. I'm really glad I browsed here today. Thanks!!

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