We woke up to a chilly, windy, rainy day today. Some people might not appreciate a Monday morning so gray, but I love it. Mornings like this one were not an unusual occurrence growing up in Minnesota or during our few years in Japan. Here in Colorado, it's typically a different story. We are blessed with lots of sunshine and blue skies which, as surprising as it may be to some, can get very boring. I love a good dose of vitamin D, but everyone needs a cloudy day to curl up under a blanket with a warm bowl of soup on their lap and a good movie on the television.
I'm a big fan of watching When Harry Met Sally this time of year. What are your favorites?
I love soups that require very little effort but result in a kitchen filled with delicious smells. This butternut squash soup is the perfect example. The main ingredients are all roasted on a large sheet pan with some olive oil. Forty-five minutes later, beautifully roasted and slightly golden, the onions, squash and garlic are tossed into a pot with some stock. Then the whole lot is blended to a beautifully creamy texture and dressed up with some Asian seasonings like coconut milk, fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice.
The great thing about this is that it is a fun twist on a classic soup. I even add nutmeg, just as you would with a more traditional recipe. I think this is a great transition recipe when you're going from summer to fall thanks to the summery flavors of coconut and ginger.
And while we're talking about putting a new twist on classic recipes, I've discovered that this is the absolute best way to introduce new flavors to my little toddler. His taste buds are pretty conditioned to foods with lots of flavor (for example, he insisted on eating his fathers mildly spicy Pad Thai the other day rather than his blander, sweeter rice noodles with peanut sauce), but sometimes he resists trying new things. He already loved the flavor of butternut squash, so adding some new ingredients to this soup helped ease him into some tastes we don't have on a daily basis.
If you're feeling a little skiddish about welcoming fall into your life (clearly not the case for me, but maybe it is for some of you), this might be just what you need. Cozy and comforting for fall with bright and flavorful hints of summer.