Archive for October, 2011

I generally make this soup in bulk as it freezes well and so is very handy to have when running a B&B.  The quantities are flexible and thus every batch tastes slightly different.

A little garlic gives it a nice kick but it’s not to everyone’s taste.  This is my wonderful daughter’s favourite soup … only when she makes it, a full bulb of garlic finds its way into the oven!

Serves 4


1 large butternut squash halved and seeds removed

2 or 3 medium sized sweet potatoes washed and halved

1 chicken/ham/vegetable stock cube (dependent upon personal taste)

2 medium or large onions skins removed and halved

2 or 3 cloves of garlic (optional)

2 pints of water

Salt and black pepper

Olive oil


  • Place the squash, onion, sweet potato and garlic (if using) onto a baking tray and sprinkle over some olive oil and salt
  • Roast in a pre-heated oven at 160 ˚C for 50 – 60 minutes until cooked throughout
  • Remove from oven and when cool enough to handle and scoop out the flesh of the squash and sweet potato placing it into a large pan or soup pan adding the garlic (if using) and onion
  • At this stage the mixture can be blitzed with a hand blender until smooth
  • Add the water and stock cube (if using) and bring to the boil, allow to simmer for 10 minutes then remove from the heat
  • Season to taste and serve with freshly baked rolls

I tend to freeze the soup before I season it and normally add less water (to save space in the freezer … when re-heating I add the missing water and black pepper).

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Another “Top 10” ….  a selection of animal photos that I’ve taken…mostly wild animals plus Daisy the best behaved Old English Sheepdog I’ve met!!

Red squirrel raiding the bird feeder

Balkissock sheep who came to say “hello”

A fledgling House Martin

Buzzy bee in the spring

Mother Blackbird not too happy when I found her nest

Spring lambs

Cattle in the sheds in winter

Daddy seal checking up on his pregnant “wife”

Another red squirrel – just too cute

Daisy – one of our quadruped visitors enjoying the log fire

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