Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It builds the tension.

What We Had For Dinner Last Night

Curried Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Soup based off of this recipe

1 2 1/2 lb butternut squash, seeded, peeled and cubed
1 C wild rice
3 C water
2 T onion soup mix
1/2 C orange juice
2 T maple syrup
2 T Earth Balance margarine
1 med onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T curry powder
1/2 t salt

In a medium sized saucepan, bring the three cups water and 1 C wild rice to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.
While rice is simmering, peel, seed and chop up your butternut squash. If you're feeling really ambitious/thrifty, bake up those seeds for a snack.
In a large, heavy bottomed pot, place the squash and just cover with water. Bring to a boil and then lower heat, simmering for up to 15m, until squash is tender. Place squash into blender using a slotted spoon, then pour in water from pot (carefully!) and blend.
In the now empty large pot, saute your onions and garlic in the margarine. Add onion soup mix, salt and curry powder and mix well. Pour in orange juice and maple syrup. Pour in the squash mixture and mix well.
Mix in the wild rice and allow the flavors to meld a little (haha, 'meld'. or just serve it right up, I say!).

Yumm! This was a great, hearty soup, so healthy I felt eating it! The maple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness. It went really well with the Easy Vegan Wheat Bread I made Sunday (that bread has molasses and is a little sweet).

Still reading "The Doomsday Book". Apparently there really was a Domesday Book- in the book, the main character calls her journal a 'domesday book'. So good so far. Pacing is a little slow, but it builds the tension.

So many things to do today... must get going.