Seriously, have you ever thought about photos, and how powerful they can be? They can evoke serious emotions (sadness, laughter, hunger...). Yep, I said hunger.
My resolution for 2013 is to make at least one new-to-me recipe per week. More than likely, those recipes will be made on weekends, because let's face it - cooking for one is a pain in the you-know-where, and doing that on a weeknight is just NOT gonna happen. Anyway, I was surfing some of the foodie blogs that I've been following lately, and I saw a picture of this one dish, and I thought "That's the one! That's what I'm going to make this weekend!". Seriously - check out the photo that caught my eye (and the recipe) on http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2012/11/butternut-squash-coconut-curry-soup/ and you'll understand.
Now - let's be honest - raise your hands if you know what a butternut squash is. I didn't. I even had to google it to find out what it looked like so I wouldn't be a doofus in the grocery store. Pretty brave of me, huh? Not only trying a new recipe, but trying a new food at the same time? Yep, I'm patting myself on the back for that one.
The ingredients: I had to buy the butternut squash, the coconut milk, and the garam masala. I had everything else.
Prepping the butternut squash:
Squash out of the oven - my house smelled SO GOOD!!
Then I threw everything into the blender like the recipe says. After that, I put the soup into a saucepan and simmered it for another 15-20 minutes to heat it through and to meld the flavors. Served it up, drizzled some coconut milk on top, and added a few croutons. (My photo isn't as nice as the Novice Chef - I think I want that VERY pretty bowl that she used, LOL).
The verdict - VERY tasty! And the soup is nice and thick, the way I like it. This recipe is going into my recipe book, and WILL be made again. Thanks for the inspiration, Novice Chef!