Sweet, Hot and Spicy Soup

Looks like this would be a delicious recipe for a sweet & spicy sweet potato soup.

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A few days ago I managed to make a very nice sweet soup. In our country we don’t have sweet soup. Most of our soups are sour, so to eat a sweet soup is something new and very interesting. Having a sweet potato in my fridge, I decided to try a sweet soup. So I used what I had in the fridge and this is my sweet soup.

Ingredients:

– 1 sweet potato

– 2 red onions

– 250 g peas with pods

– 1 big carrot

– salt

– pepper

– red chili

– 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

Put the the vegetables cut in pieces in a pot to boil them. When they are done, use a blender and mix everything. Put the pot back on the stove and add the spices. I love a spicy food, so I will put lots of chili. I served very hot and…

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Hello November

In the Latin language, novem means “nine” and November was originally the 9th month in the Roman calendar which had only ten months until around 153 B.C. [wikipedia]

Yellow topaz and citrine are November’s birthstones.

Yellow Topaz

The yellow topaz stone is known for its powerful ability to help one manifest their personal intentions through their own will. Wear it or add it to your meditation. It’s a stone that represents friendships and encourages helpful people into one’s life.

“Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways.” [http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/citrine/]

The chrysanthemum is the flower of the month, and “symbolizes optimism and joy”. [http://www.teleflora.com/meaning-of-flowers/chrysanthemum]

Not only does it grow in multiple colors, it also “comes with a wide variety of meanings all across the globe. In Asia the chrysanthemum signifies life and rebirth, making them great gifts for birthdays and baby showers. In Europe the chrysanthemum signifies an expression of sympathy. Chrysanthemum’s are typically looked at as a flower that signifies respect and honor in America.

The color of the flower can also affect the meaning behind the chrysanthemum. For example, if you receive a red chrysanthemum from someone, it is a symbol of love. A yellow chrysanthemum blossom on the other hand signifies neglected love or sorrow. A white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love. In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy.” [http://www.easternfloral.com/blog/meaning-chrysanthemum-flower/]

Chrysanthemum - shutterstock_117657757

Chrysanthemum – shutterstock_117657757

If you’re curious of some observances that some in the United States observe with awareness campaigns during the month of November, they include:

Other observances the US and some internationally observe, include:

November is also known as the big holiday retail month of the year. Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have many shopping in stores and online. I don’t buy a lot of things Black Friday BUT I look forward to going every year with my sister. It’s become our sister time tradition. Broke or rich, we’ll still get together. If anything to just have a reason to sing carols in the car, fuel up on coffee, bundle up with ads marked with possible items we’d like to purchase, and even though we’re not in it for the adrenaline rush to get that major deal, we LOVE watching others silliness.

Black Friday is known to be a Super Deal Day, but you don’t have to wait till the end of this month to shop! There are many deals the month of November brings that fall on the other 29 days as well! – TrueCouponing.com

Be sure to check out TrueCouponing.com’s post on What to buy in November to find items to add to your shopping list this month.

Hello-November

Butternut Squash #Soup {#Recipe}

ButternutSquashSoup

The butternut squash is a winter squash that is often thought of as a vegetable even though it’s actually a fruit. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to pumpkins and gets sweeter as it ripens. Like pumpkins, you can eat the seeds raw or roasted.

The other month, I made the first soup batch of the season for one of my groups to celebrate the Autumn Equinox, each other, the work we do as a group within our local community, and to celebrate our awesome group founder who’s moving in a couple of weeks.

This creamy soup was absolutely divine. Savory with just the right amount of sweetness to please tongue.

I’ll share my recipe but I’m sorry to say, you won’t be able to replicate it exactly. I forgot to grab the green apples so I ended up using my homemade apple butter from last year. I’ll post that recipe later this year but unless you’ve made a batch with my same ingredients, the taste might not come out the same due to the additional spices I used.

The batch I made was enough to feed 8, send home 2 more bowls, and left 2 more bowlfuls for the next day.

Time to collect the magic ingredients, and if you’re like me, set the mood in the kitchen with candles and music to get you in that moment of peaceful happiness.

  • 2 Butternut Squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp local Honey
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 medium White Onion, diced
  • 2-3 Green Apples or 8oz. homemade Apple Butter
  • 14.5oz. Vegetable Broth
  • 8oz. Heavy Cream
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional garnishings: fresh rosemary and/or fresh cream

Now that you have all the ingredients, get out the knives, a spoon for scooping, garlic press, cutting board, and food masher.

  1. Cut and peel butternut squash in half. Spoon out the seeds and stringy flesh from squash. Then dice the squash.
    I personally prefer to save my seeds for eating and planting instead of tossing them out.
  2. Mince or press 2-3 garlic cloves.
  3. Peel and dice the white onion.
  4. In a large baking dish, add squash, garlic, white onions, honey, apple butter (or green apples), olive oil, salt & pepper, and STIR to mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Bake at 400 for 45min-1hr until the squash is mashable.
  6. Once mashable, MASH it! 🙂

We’re almost there, it’s time to get that soup going! Grab your blender or mixer, vegetable broth, heavy cream, and still warm roasted mashed squash, blend all the ingredients together til you get to the soup thickness you prefer then pour some into a bowl. Add a dollop of fresh cream and a bit of rosemary to your soup. Now grab your spoon and dig in!

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