Saturday, 21 March 2015

Soup for this chilly first day of Spring





Spring has truly sprung, as evidenced by these beautiful blossoms on the tree in our garden. However, the weather is still quite chilly, even on this first day of Spring, so today I made some soup.

The name of this soup is Kosksu. You might notice that the name is similar to "couscous", which is probably because the traditional pasta shape used in this soup looks like giant couscous. It's a Maltese soup, so to me, this reminds me of home, and Spring, when broad beans (a central ingredient in this soup) are in season in Malta. Here in the UK, I've had to substitute some of the ingredients as I can't find all of them. Nonetheless, the finished product is often very similar to the original that my mum used to make, and still makes, every Spring.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Risotto with pancetta and roasted butternut squash



 
Last week, I wrote about how to prepare a butternut squash and said I would post a recipe for it. I used that squash in a lovely risotto.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

How to prepare butternut squash

 


Fact 1: I love butternut squash
Fact 2: I hate preparing butternut squash (I normally do it the lazy way and buy frozen chunks!)
Fact 3: I cannot resist a food-related bargain

These three facts recently combined and the result was that I could not resist buying the squash pictured above when it was priced at 45p. It also resulted in this lovely squash lurking in the back of my cupboard for the last three weeks or so. Which is fine - unless it has any blemishes or the skin is pierced, squash can effectively be stored for weeks in a cool, dark place. But this squash was speaking to me now (not really, it's just a figure of speech!). Every time I opened the cupboard, there it was, staring longingly at me and saying "Cook me! Eat me!"