I can’t think of soup without thinking of the beautiful soup dragon from The Clangers!
Having bought Nigella Lawson’s Express cookbook I had an urge to try her sweet potato and butternut squash soup.
As it is the “Express” book Nigella suggests using a bag of prepared and chopped sweet potato and butternut squash. This must be a southern thing as nobody I have asked in Lincolnshire has ever seen such thing but a relative who lives in Oxfordshire says she has.
The hardest part was peeling the butternut squash. The skin really is tough and my peeler wasn’t man enough for the job. I ended up cutting the squash into two and then slicing down round the edges to remove the peel with a very sharp knife – this needs to be done C A R E F U L L Y !
Whilst the vegetables simmered I cleaned my vintage Kenwood Chef. My partner declared he’d never seen it used before – not true but it has been a while. Rather grimy! In fact was an Easter present from him several years ago. I saw it advertised in the local shop and as I’m not a big chocolate fan he said he would buy it for me as an alternative to an egg! The soup making reminded me how much I love it – I must sort ou all the attachments as I have some I’ve not even used!
Nigella suggests decorating the soup with buttermilk but that isn’t something I have in the house so I’ve used both balsamic vinegar and basil olive oil which have been nice. If you feel really creative of course you make a soup of a different colour and swirl the two into the bowl……
The soup was delicious and there was enough for me to take some to work for lunch and for us to have it for tea again later in the week. Second time around I bought some rolls from the local deli to go with it too!