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Broccoli Soup


Easy and quick soup! You will need:

1)  3 cups of broccoli florets [make sure they are green and firm]

2) salt to taste

3) pepper

4) sour cream for garnish

Fill a pot with water and bring to a rolling boil. Season the water with salt. When it coming to a rolling boil add the broccoli florets and cover immediately. Covering it will help retain the green-ness of the broccoli. Boil for 5 minutes, or until softened [knife runs through]. Drain of water, but make sure to keep some water aside to use while blending. In a blender place the boiled  broccoli florets and add 1/2 cup of water [more if you want it runnier]. I like it a little thick. Blend well. Season with pepper and more salt is needed. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream. It goes well with goat cheese and walnuts. Here’s a video of the recipe by Chef Gordon Ramsey.

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Acorn and Butternut Squash Soup


 

My husband is a very picky eater, but he slurped this soup Maa Sha Allah. He surprised me.  It’s very easy to make, and a must for Fall. It’s very filling. Goes well with your favorite garlic bread for a quick lunch, or late night supper.

You will need:

1) 1 small acorn squash

2) 1 small butternut squash

3) 2 cans of chicken stock [more if you like it thinner]

4) salt to taste

5) 1/4 tsp of fresh ground pepper

6) 3 pinches of nutmeg. More if you like.

7) 1/4 tsp red chilly pepper

8) 1/2 stick of butter

9) 2 tblsp of olive oil

10) 2 tblsp of finely chopped cilantro for garnish [you may use parsley as well if you prefer ]

 For roasting the seeds:

1) 1tsp of extra virgin olive oil

2) salt to taste

3) sprinkle of black pepper [optional]

4) sprinkle of tumeric powder

5) sprinkle of cumin power

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut open the squash and remove seeds but keep aside. Cut the squash into quarters. Toss in some extra virgin and arrange on baking sheet and bake in oven until soft. When it has softened, remove from oven and let cool. Peel. In a pot melt the butter and add the squash pieces and sautee for a few minutes. Remove and spoon into blender with the chicken broth [or if you have one of those hand held blenders blend in the pot while adding the chicken broth]. You want it nice and smooth. Place back in the pot, add the nutmeg, chilly powder, salt and pepper and let boil for a 10-15 minutes.

In the meantime, toss the seeds with all the seasonings listed above and spread them out on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree F oven, until golden brown.

spoon the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro and roasted seeds. Goes well with garlic bread.

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