I know, Emerill would be so proud.
I even had the nerve to brag about it on Facebook - my amazing soup and incredible Sunday dinner prowess - letting the whole world (aka the 18 people who have hit the "like" button on this blog) know that I am the next Lynne Crawford.
|Cook's note: I love Lynne Crawford. She's cool.|
With acorn squash, no less.
|Acorn squash can be peeled with a potato peeler. Do not try to remove skin with a paring knife. Almost. Lost. Finger.|
To get started, I boiled the squash as per Martha's Stewart's directions in my bible: Martha Stewart's Cooking School, mashed it up and set it aside.
|Mashed Squash - Oooh!!! Aaaaah!!!!!!!!!!|
Onward to the broth!
Coconut, I thought, would be very Top Chef.
With curry. Chicken stock. Onions. And Evaporated milk.
I began to cook.
First by sauteeing an onion and some celery in a couple tbsp of butter, adding the curry, some salt, pepper, a little flour, the chicken stock, coconut milk, Jamaican hot sauce, and evaporated milk. Last, I added the squash.
Then I chucked all that into a blender to puree.
Have you ever seen an episode of Top Chef where they've made something that wasn't quite right so they keep adding more stuff to it?
Well that's what happened to me.
I tasted the soup.
It was all right.
But not the culinary materpiece I had envisioned when I first set out.
I tried it again.
Definitely missing something...
That was it!! it needed apples.
It takes a particular kind of person to throw bacon into a soup she intends to puree and then feed to her husband.
It takes a whole other level of crazy to take pictures while you're doing it.
I am that kind of crazy.
With a cream of acorn squash, coconut, apple, and bacon soup that still didn't taste right.
So I added lime.
And a handful of cilantro.
Maven's Fresh Goop
I'd include a printable recipe but no.
The Poolboy (aka my husband) loved the soup so much he asked for a second bowl. Let's keep the pureed bacon our little secret.
And that's the blog!
I wrote a companion blog for this on A Fabulously Good Life:
Maven - The next Food Network Star?