So as promised, there was butternut soup today! My oldest friend and her hubby Andrew joined us for lunch. My bloody luck, I invite people over for soup and the damn sun comes out!!!
Here I am thinking "hey, let me cater for my vegetarian friend with a nice soup" and mother nature was there to pop my balloon with the wafting aromas of braai's being lit all around! Well, like I often tell others... "suck it up cupcake!" and suck it up we ALL did... the wine and soup that was haha!!
So, the soup...
I love soup! Almost as much as I love stews. I guess it is safe to say, I am a comfort food gal... and the great thing about comfort foods is that they are the easiest to prepare! One of the things I love most about cooking, is that it really is like an art! There is no right or wrong - it is all about expression, interpretation and varied appreciation! So anyhoooo, For my butternut soup, I keep it pretty simple. I am also a low carb eater, so - no traditional potato in this recipe.
YOU WILL NEED -
A pack of chopped sweet potato
A pack of chopped butternut
One chopped onion
A little chopped garlic
One chopped bell pepper
Some freshly chopped french chives and parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
A pack of diced bacon
A blue cheese triangle
Right, so as with like 99.9% of dishes,
begin by heating a pan with some olive oil...
Add the chopped onion, garlic, celery and peppers and saute until golden.
Add your butternut, sweet potato, seasoning and stock. Bring it to the boil for 20 min, reduce the heat and let it simmer on medium to low heat until all the veg are tender. Remove from the heat and use a hand held blender to "mash". Once mashed, return to the plate on a very low heat and add the cream and you are DONE!. In most instances this is when I would add the previously fried bacon bits, but as my friend was vegetarian - I served them as an added side, alongside some chilled blue cheese crumbles and freshly chopped parsley.
Time to set the table! (The best part, for me anyway haha!!) Considering I see these friends once or twice a year, it only makes sense to make it special. I love converting an average "visit" into an experience for people so I always "try" to go above and beyond. To my mind, when dining is turned into an "occasion" then people tend to sit back, relax - and linger longer...
Well, linger longer we did haha!!! Giving that we only see each other once or twice a year, there was a LOT of catch up to be done, so "eating" was postponed somewhat... but we got there eventually and after the mains we enjoyed a deliciously home made lemon meringue pie, compliments of Lyn. Oh, and that is Lyn's "please stop taking photos and let us eat" face haha!!!!
Eat we did, and some more! haha - coupled with random conversation of the best kind! After our "annual" guests departed haha... we decided to have a little family time with our familiar boxed friend... UNO!
And now... I am about DONE for the evening! Catch you all on the flipside!!!
Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx