This weekend included some serious snow watching
and what else do you do when it's snowing apart from stay in the warm and start on some of those jobs you keep putting off.
This weekend I decided to pull all the cookery books off the shelf give them a dusting and put them back in some sort of order.
In doing so I picked not only a make but a bake for February.
I started with baking some dinner rolls. I hadn't made any sort of bread for a number of years. I had forgotten what a work out you get from kneading bread dough. And what else do you do whilst it's proving but have a cup of tea and biscuit and sit and sew the ends in on your latest project.
One and half hours later these little rolls were the result. Now I know they aren't necessary conforming to shape and I doubt they would pass Paul Hollywood's density test but they were my little rolls and even if I do say it myself they tasted very nice.
and for my make I picked Butternut Squash soup.
So many of my colleagues come in with all sorts of soups they have made at home and I always turn up with the can of Heinz 57.
A friend of mine had made Butternut Squash soup some time ago and it was delicious and I always meant to ask her how she had made it and never got round to it. I then found this recipe in one of my books.
Ordinarily I put all my vegetables in stock and let it bubble away until ready but with this one you had to cover with a dressing of olive oil, dried oregano and garlic and cook in the oven for 1 1/2 hours first. Our oven can be a bit temperamental so I did cover it with tin foil as if any of it had got a bit crispy it would of tasted bitter in the soup.
After you have baked everything then you add it to stock and bring up to the boil for 10 mins before blending.
I was a little apprehensive as to how it would taste but I needn't of worried especially when number 3 (very picky with some foods especially if not tried before) gave it the thumbs up, so now it can be added to the list of soups in my repertoire .
Needless to say I have some in a little pot to take to the office today and there was a little bread roll left over to go with it.
Here's hoping the fluffy white stuff stays away now as lovely to look at as it is, it's no fun driving in it.
Have a good week one & all.