I've had a crazy week, so last night on the way home I decided the perfect dinner after a series of long long days would be blended curry squash soup.
In my head, I called it comfort food. But, that got me thinking about what that phrase really means- the last comfort food post I had was on peanut butter cookies I remember making as a kid, which seems more like canonical comfort food- its from my childhood, its sugary and fatty and delicious, and its definitely a treat. This soup is not like anything my mother ever made me, its not fatty or unhealthy or even particularly treatlike, but its one of my go-to recipes whenever I want something yummy that takes just enough work to make you feel like you cooked, but not so much you can't muster the energy when you're tired. Maybe as an adult, thats one form of this kind of comfort... learning how to put in just enough effort, in just the right direction, on your own behalf to make yourself feel better.
At any rate, whatever it is... here's the soup!
Basically, there are millions of versions of it, everyone I know has their own. Mine starts with a coarsely diced onion, coarsely diced granny smith apple, a whole bunch of ginger, some curry powder, salt, cayenne, and a dash of cinnamon. Brown it all in some oil.
Then... the squash. Butternut, acorn, just something yellow. Usually I throw in a sweet potato, too (but today I forgot).
After chopping up the squash, cover with water, and boil until soft. Once its soft, throw it in the blender and mash it up- I like to only blend it just enough, it tastes good just a bit chunky.
And after that all thats left to do is... enjoy!