Anyone who has ever heard my mother rattle off a recipe has also heard her immediately rattle off the list of everything in that recipe she has changed. This is included in the Many Ways Rachel is
Like Her Mother list (this list also includes using binder clips on the end of the toothpaste tube and sticking used tissues in every pocket and purse). Two nights ago, I decided to try something different for supper. I follow the blog Simple Bites, which encourages healthy eating as a family. Last week one of their recipes caught my attention, and I thought I'd file it away to give it a try. I decided to try it Tuesday. Without proper ingredients.
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 16 ounces cubed butternut squash, about 1 large squash
- 1 small leek, cleaned and sliced, about 1/3 cup
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3/4 cup cubed apple pieces
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced sage leaves
- 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
Here's what I used:
1 tablespoon olive oilI poured some in the pan until it looked right 16 ounces cubed butternut squash, about 1 large squash2 cups tough, overgrown yellow crookneck squash 1 small leek, cleaned and sliced, about 1/3 cupI have never bought a leek 1 clove garlic, mincedI indiscriminately dumped in garlic powder 3/4 cup cubed apple piecesI have no idea how much apple wound up in that soup
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth This I kept!
- 1/2 cup water And this!
1 bay leaf2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper, to taste A good bit
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup Does the fake stuff count?
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced sage leavesI don't buy sage, and I didn't substitute anything. 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and halfNo heavy whipping cream, so I used 1/4 c water and 1 c powdered milk.
So as you can clearly see, I followed the recipe. In a very "Shanna-ish" manner, of course. It actually turned out quite well. I can't wait to try it again when I have planned for it in advance and have what I need to make it (which means that it will, in all truth, be a completely different soup).
This photo has no relevance to this post whatsoever, except in that no post is complete unless it has a photo, and who can resist this face?