Monday, January 01, 2007

Winter Soul Warmers

A selection of wonter soul warmers. photo by Equalizer.


The new year has arrived and after the rubble has settled, we are still in need of something warm and soothing. With temperatures dropping to uncomfortable levels, staying at home and enjoying comfort foods along with good company and prefferebly a classic movie can't be any better.

I have noticed that many bloggers have been thinking about soups these days, so I thought why not do one? I needed something starchy as well as something that adds a nice crunch, so i created the following wonderful recipes.

Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Butternut Squash & Lentil Soup. Photo by Equalizer


Ingredients:

2 Large Butternut Squash peeled and chopped
1 cup red lentil
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tbs cumin seeds
1 chicken bouillon
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbs Olive Oil
5 cups boiling water
salt to taste
fresh cracked black pepper

Method:

Heat olive oil and sautee garlic. Add butternut squash, spices and stir well. Add lentils, chicken bouillon and boiling water. Cook for 1 hour until lentils and squash are soft. Blend soup in blender until you reach desired consistency. Return to pot, add cream, pepper and salt and simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve with cripsy fried leeks and spring onion (below)

Crispy Fried Leeks. Photo by Equalizer.


Chipotle & Maple Caramelized Onion Potato Mash. Photo by Equalizer.

10 Comments:

Blogger ray said...

:)

it looks great :), i personally liked the fried leek thingy so i'm going to try the whole thing tomorrow along with my delicious spinash ravioli with semi dried tomatoes sauce .. yummy, i'm just too hungry to function right now hehe.,

1/02/2007 03:23:00 AM  
Blogger Intlxpatr said...

Oh Yummmmm! Squash and lentils with spices. Wow!

1/02/2007 05:16:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

ray: any roasted pineuts in your ravioli?

intlxpatr: goes well with spiced pumpkin cheesecake eh?

1/02/2007 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger ray said...

equalizer,

pine-nuts are a must :)

the aroma is killing me right now, heh

1/02/2007 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger 3abeer said...

uhhh...

yum!

soup..soup and more soup.. but I had an ice cream craving 3 days ago and had some, it was freezing cold....weird I know!

1/02/2007 05:28:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Ice Envy said...

I love your photos.

1/04/2007 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger Zaydoun said...

Wow... I'm having all this for dinner tonight!

1/13/2007 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger Intlxpatr said...

Come back! This is a perfect time for some of your winter recipes! something with baked rice . . . .

1/14/2007 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Erzulie said...

damn

2/05/2007 03:49:00 AM  
Blogger LinG-BLinG said...

I've been there .. its yummi :)
Good job!

8/18/2007 08:24:00 PM  

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