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Day2:: Sometimes you Need to Make Soup

I first wrote this on my old blog last October, we had been in our new place for a month and all of our stuff still didn’t arrive for another month. It was a very hard and lonely time for me. I needed refreshment and I made soup. I’m in a different place this October but still the quiet chop, chop, simmer, simmer of soup-making soothes my spirit. I’ll be making this soup this weekend, it’s the perfect recipe for refreshment.

Sometimes you set out to make soup and realize that you don’t have an immersion blender and you don’t have your regular blender and you make it anyway. Sometimes you add and you make do and you stir and you taste and it’s a beautiful thing.

Sometimes it doesn’t all work out. Sometimes your plans of taking in a local music festival that everyone has been telling you about don’t work out. Sometimes it rains all day. And the four walls seem very close. Sometimes only the littlest one naps and everyone needs you. Right now. Sometimes you get in a funk and it’s hard to shake it. Sometimes you can play the Pollyanna game really well and sometimes, you just can’t.

Sometimes you decide to make soup. It’s a longer process because the kitchen is outfitted with the barest of tools.
Chop, peel, chop, peel. Roast. Stir. Taste. Stir. Simmer. Taste. 
The familiar routine is soothing. The smells fill the house with warmth and texture like no furniture or pictures ever could.
Smiles and hellos are exchanged with a neighbor. Autumn rain becomes a friend, pressing the four of you together and you realize the gift you have been given.

Accompanied with piles of crusty bread, this soup is a perfect antidote to any day. Good or bad.

Butternut Squash, Apple and Bacon Soup

(inspired by this recipe)

Serves 2 adults, and 2 little girls with leftovers for another rainy day.

Ingredients:  1/3 lb bacon (more if you like bacon),

chopped 1/2 onion,

chopped fine 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes

2 apples, peeled and cubed (I used a Gravenstein and a lonely Macintosh that was kicking around the fridge, for best results use a cooking apple)

1/2 c apple juice Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

Method:

Peel and cube squash and apples. Toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast in a 400 degree oven until very tender.
Meanwhile, in large soup pot, fry chopped bacon. Once bacon is nearly done, add the onions. Fry until they are translucent.
Once squash and apples are tender, mash them with a spoon (or blender, if you have one), and add to the bacon and onion mixture.
Stir in apple juice and enough water to make a thick soup, about 4 cups.
Let simmer with the lid off for about half an hour, stirring every once and while. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Serve hot with a spoonful of greek yoghurt and lots of crusty bread. Rain and fog, optional.
Does cooking refresh you and get you out of a funk?
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  • Rachel October 2, 2013, 12:30 pm

    I remember this post from last year – I tried out the soup with a small pumpkin we got from our CSA. It was delicious. Unfortunately, the only squash currently in my house are a couple pattipans my daughter picked out a few farmer’s markets ago – enough to add some sweetness to a pasta sauce or stir-fry, but not enough to play lead in this recipe. However, it’s dark and rainy here too, so I think I’ll be turning the remains of Sunday’s roast chicken into a broth to enrich some of my excess leeks and potatoes (with a moment of thanks for having an immersion blender!) – and fill the kitchen with comfort in the meantime. Best of luck for the next 29 days of the challenge. I’ll be cheering/reading from the sidelines 🙂

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment October 2, 2013, 6:00 pm

      I figured you would remember it from last year, Rachel, I think we had some sort of discussion about it then. =)
      Your chicken, potato and leek soup sounds yum and an immersion blender sounds like such a good tool.

  • crochetingbeautiful October 2, 2013, 12:40 pm

    sounds delish, I will have to try!

  • Becca October 2, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Oh yum! I’m definitely making that soon!! Thanks for sharing! (I’m kind of s sucker for anything that contains bacon!)

  • Joy Bouter October 2, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Sounds like the perfect rainy day soup. I must add this to a menu plan soon 🙂 I do find soup-making to be very comforting as well.

    • Breanne :: This Vintage Moment October 2, 2013, 6:03 pm

      There’s something simple about it, I love it. Sterlings’ has lovely butternut squashes, fyi, as well as lots of other squashes. We were there this afternoon. =)

  • ramblingtart February 24, 2014, 5:23 am

    That sounds absolutely delicious and VERY comforting, especially on a draining day. XO I had a rough day too, crummy to the core, and I made soup and found comfort in the making. 🙂

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