…and other winter days.
Let’s assume that between changing nappies and feeding a baby (that seems to be in the midst of a rather serious growth spurt) that I’m not going to carve a pumpkin for Halloween this year. Instead I’m sharing one of my favourite soup recipes with you 🎃
It’s another one of Anna Jones’ recipes – if you haven’t got one of her amazing vegetarian cookbooks yet then you’re a wally. Her delicious dinners have been enough to convince even Matt – one of meat’s biggest fans – that plant based recipes are just as filling and tasty, often more so, than their meaty alternatives.
Cardamom and star anise winter squash soup from A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
Any recipe with cardamom and star anise in the title is goer as far as I’m concerned and the spices and velvety texture make it just the warming bowl of goodness you need for these cold dreary days when we’re trying to adjust to these dark nights . This is also the perfect recipe for anyone like me who bought a silly number of pretty gourds because they might look good on Instagram.
- 1 leek, washed and chopped
- 1 thumb sized piece of ginger and 4 cloves of garlic, both peeled and finely chopped
- 1 green chilli deseeded and finely chopped
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 500g of orange squash or pumpkin and 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 star anise
- 2 litres of veg stock
- Fresh lime and coriander to serve
In a large heavy pan, sauté the leek, ginger, garlic and chilli over a medium heat for 10 minutes, until soft and sweet
Crush the cardamom pods to remove the seeds (and discard the shells) and grind these in a pestle and mortar with the coriander seeds as fine as you can. Add these and the turmeric to the leeks and stir for another couple of minutes.
Add the veg, star anise and stock and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and then blitz with a hand blender or in batches in a blender.
Serve topped with a scattering of coriander and a squeeze of lime. We also had a swiss style fruit loaf with ours which was lovely.
Happy Halloween! 🎃