September 7, 2015 — Sourcing & Shopping
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I couldn’t resist.
The farm shop had a display of squashes just picked from their fields. I like squash – but many I have not eaten, including a couple here.The whole selection was very cheap and will last forever.
Watch this space for taste comparisons.
Turban: (top middle)
Sunspot: (top right) – a type of Japanese onion squash
Carnival: (top left)
Crown Prince: (front left)
Butternut squash is a ubiquitous squash and for a good reason – it is very versatile and easy to cook. It has all the taste characteristics of winter squash, sweet and buttery. You can use it in soups, purees, or roasted. Here I have used mine in a thick sauce-come-soup. https://www.whatdadcooked.com/recipe/halibut-spicy-butternut-squash-soup
My sunspot was brilliant in this casserole. I had learned that this squash has the flavour of chestnuts (see my story at the recipe link below). I therefore thought that sausages (which happened to be in the fridge) would be a good flavour combination. Another really successful meal from my winter squash collection. https://www.whatdadcooked.com/recipe/squash-and-sausage-casserole
This was also a success. I don’t know why Italian choose to put pumpkin in ravioli. There is so much effort involved in real ravioli one might expect something more exclusive. But this works and is a great vegetarian starter or main. https://www.whatdadcooked.com/recipe/squash-and-ricotta-ravioli
Okay, okay – I admit it. I left my squashes too long. Sorry James. But only the Turban did not last. Even then it only felt a month or so too old. The trouble is they look just as good on the table as squashes as they do as cooked meals. This soup is a made from leftovers from my orzo and squash pilaf and harissa chicken wings. I attempted to use all my remaining squash in the pilaf but only a new butternut was firm enough – so the rest went in a bowl and later into the soup. I made my usual stock but on a smaller scale using the chicken wing bits. I strained the stock into a pan and added the squash, ground coriander and cumin, leftover toasted almonds and fresh coriander roots and blitzed with a stick blender. I boiled some orzo separately. The leftover chicken was chopped and added with the orzo. I seasoned with salt and lemon. I garnished with Greek yoghurt mixed with whole milk, cream and lemon and some chopped fresh coriander.
A tasty cheat made in an instant!
At the heart of Mexican cooking is a proper Mexican corn tortilla.
This was an improvised quick dinner. I did not plan to post it, but it was so good I photographed it while we were eating it!
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