You may remember the alien surprise I got when making squash soup a year and a half ago. Here is the second episode of this adventure:
Accidental Squash Spiral!
I started by chopping the top off and using it in a stir-fry earlier in the week, but you could try this with the whole squash.
1. Peel your squash.
2. Take a sharp knife, and aiming to slice a disc an inch thick, cut into the flesh, catching the blade at just the right angle so that as the knife rotates around the squash, your circular incision travels a much longer distance than you expected, making a surprising and beautiful spiral.
3. Find an extra pair of hands to help you photograph it.
4. Make soup.
Squash, Ginger and Lemon soup
This soup is based on the holy trinity of squash, ginger and lemon. The squash is sweet, earthy, tasty and orange, the ginger is hot, pungent, earthy and kicky, and the lemon is sharp and zingy. This soup looks and tastes like sunshine in a bowl and always makes me happy in winter. You can add more or less of each ingredient. By experimenting over the years I have found that there is an upper limit of ginger tolerance. You can add other ingredients, but don’t be fooled, all you really need is the holy soup trinity.
Peeled and cubed butternut squash (remove innards)
1 inch of finely diced ginger root,
1 lemon (none of that bottled muck)
Salt and pepper
Boil squash and ginger for about 20 minutes in enough water to nearly cover the squash in the pan.
When squash is soft, take off heat and mash with a fork or masher (easier than mashing potatoes).
Add the juice of half a lemon (I always add the lemon once the soup is off the boil to preserve more of the vitamins – I haven’t done any scientific testing to see if this works, but it does at least add a placebo effect of more vitamins)
Add seasoning, stock or soy sauce to taste.
Add more lemon and/or ginger to taste.
Gently heat again if it needs it.
Serve with homemade bread and butter.
This soup will separate overnight into squash pulp and liquid, so just stir it up again for your day two helpings.
I’ve never written a recipe here before, so if you try it, please let me know what you think!