Supereasy Weatherbomb-buster Butternut Squash Soup
Vegetarian / vegan / dairy free
Enough for two (or one hungry, housebound individual)
It’s all over the news… Scotland is apparently in the midst of a ‘weatherbomb’. Not content with calling it a ‘big storm’ or ‘very bad weather’ the media are now insisting we use the overly dramatic sounding new phrase ‘Weatherbomb’. Just sounds like the work of a slightly bored TV newsroom graphics team. Bet they’ve been sitting for months thinking up new over the top catchphrases and infographics and spinning backgrounds.
‘Weatherbomb – exploding across a screen near you!’ …switch to outside broadcast with some poor presenter in a bobble hat being blown to hell at a ferry port near Mull…
Now the phrase seems to be instantly in common parlance. Whatever did we do before?! What it actually describes is the ‘meteorological process of rapid cyclogenesis caused by a deep low pressure system’ but I guess that’s not so catchy! In any case it’s very wild and windy with waves battering shorelines, thunder snow (another great phrase which I also learned today), transport disrupted and electricity cut off in many places. Luckily we’re more sheltered here on the east coast of Scotland but it’s still a bit nuts outside although the sun is trying to breaking through amongst the sleet. It’s days like this that I am glad to be ‘retired’. OK it’s not for such great reasons but it does mean I can legitimately stay indoors, batten down the hatches and curl up on the sofa with copious cups of tea, catch up on internet stuff and watch the atrocious Christmas films backed up on our digibox. Cosy is today’s watchword. Cosy makes me happy.
Cosy is also this supereasy soup summed up in one word. All ingredients raided from the fridge as I ain’t going outside if I can help it! It takes about 45 mins but most of that involves you sitting on the sofa and only minimal time standing over a hot stove… The butternut squash produces a silky, slightly sweet soup with a hint of smokeyness from the paprika and roasted garlic and a slight kick of chilli to add some heat and warm your bones. I reckon the swirl of oat cream represents the eye of the storm too… so kick back and enjoy a little bit of calm and warm the cockles of your heart while the weatherbomb blows itself out!
- One brown onion
- One small sweet potato
- Two small packets of butternut squash pieces (or one small whole butternut squash – i just bought these cause they were reduced to just 25p each although I have to say it’s way easier than risking life and limb trying to dissect the whole thing… you’ve not seen me trying to chop things… I tend to unnerve those watching me in so much as they usually try to take the knife off me and cut the the thing themselves…)
- Two cups of vegetable stock (I used a Knorr Stockpot)
- Two cloves of garlic (smoked if you can get it)
- Sprinkling of smoked paprika
- Sprinking of dried chilli or chilli sauce
- Ground turmeric – 1/2 a teaspoon
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Oatly / soya cream*
- Toasted sesame seeds (I really like Furikake Japanese seasoning which has a mix of black and white sesame seeds and seaweed
Easy Peasy to make
Peel and chop up your veg into biggish chunks. Stick on a baking tray, sprinkle with olive oil, paprika, chilli, salt and pepper, scatter chunks of garlic and give it all a mix round to ensure everything is coated. Pop in a hot oven. Go back to watching your crap Christmas movie for half an hour or so – check to see if veg cooked and roasty looking. In the meantime heat up or make up your stock. Mine involved boiling a kettle and dropping the jelly cube in. Stir until dissolved, add turmeric (good cancer-busting properties apparently especially if used in conjunction with black pepper so add plenty of that). Then take your veg and stock – add to a blender, whizz until thick and smooth. Season to taste. Serve with a swirl of dairy-free cream and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds… curl up on sofa with a blanket and enjoy!
*What’s more you can use the rest of the fake cream to make my delicious, full of festive spirit, fake Baileys – hurrah!