One butternut squash around 800 g cut in half length ways and seeds removed
One clove garlic left in paper but smashed a bit
One onion chopped
Two tablespoons olive oil
50g of butter
One regular chilli
2cm chunk fresh ginger
900ml chicken stock
Half a lime
Splash tinned coconut milk
One sprig coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
First preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas mark7.
Score your butternut squash halves and drizzle with half the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop garlic in with the butternut squash and place in oven for 30 minutes or until flesh is soft when tested with a knife
When the squash is done take out from oven and let it cool a little to handle it. Patience has never been my middle name so I managed to just avoid burning my fingers
Squeeze the roasted garlic out of it's paper and into the onion mixture. Then scoop out the flesh of the butternut squash and put this in the pan to
Now to the pan you can add, ginger, chilli, and chicken or veg stock. I used veg stock as we have a vegetarian in the house. Then simply bring it all up to the boil and turn it off.
At this point it is smelling and tasting great. I didn't need to adjust seasoning but you might if you try this after you have blended it. At this stage the texture is a bit strange for soup but doesn't affect the taste. I blended it with my trusty stick blender. Lorraine suggests a few squeezes of lime which might be great but we didn't try it. I had my trusty kitchen helper who enthusiastically helped me dish up and put a few tablespoons of coconut milk into the soup bowls for me.
This soup surprised me. I didn't expect such deep flavours. You could taste everything in it. Was a warm chilli heat. I wasn't convinced to start off with that coconut milk was going to work with this and wasn't to convinced at opening a tin just to drizzle on the soup. My youngest convinced me otherwise and it just complimented the warm, autumnal tastes very well. I was also a little concerned that the spice heat might be a little to much for my son, but he was pretty happy with a tea towel as a make shift bib and trying to eat it fast as he could.