A Change of Routine

Rainy day. No morning walk.

First to the sewing machine. Managed to get all these little four patches done. Pink+Neutral, Red+Neutral, Pink+Red.

Then to the kitchen to make some butternut squash soup. Smart planning: pre-roasted the cubed squash while I had the oven on for dinner last night.

Crochet break to fight with a colorpooling pattern.  My tension is all over the map so many rows involved fiddling and ripping back. Waiting for revisions on a white paper I'm writing for a client, so I didn't take on any new work today.

Seems like I should have a lot more to show for my time today. It's almost time to start cooking dinner. I always feel drained on these rainy days, I think I have some sort of barometric sensitivity going on. Or maybe it's time for my third cup of coffee?


Moira said…
Looks like a bunch of work was happening today!

Where'd you get the recipe for the soup?
joanne w said…
Not much work, just crafts, and I am ok with that!

I don't really have a recipe. It's easy:

I buy the cut up cubes of butternut squash because I am lazy. I toss them and some sliced onions with some olive oil and roast in the oven in a covered corningware til they are soft, and maybe slightly browned. Stir them a few times and test them periodically for softness.

Alternatively, you can roast the cubes on cookie sheets, OR

Buy a whole squash, slice it longways in half, scoop out the seeds, oil the cut halves and bake til the flesh is tender enough to scoop out.

Next, I put some olive oil in my soup pot and dice up a good hunk of peeled ginger root. I love the taste of ginger, and it is good for inflammation. I saute the ginger a bit, dump in my squash and onions, and a box of chicken broth. Bring to a boil, simmer for a while to blend the flavors and then I use a stick blender to puree it, or you could put it in a blender, or I guess you could even use a potato masher and whisk to blend it all together.

It's not as sweet as the prepared versions of squash soup, because there is no added sugar. But the ginger gives it some heat, so it's perfect for a winter lunch.