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Apple carrot butternut squash ginger soup (蘋果紅蘿蔔南瓜薑湯)

Experiment: Apple carrot butternut squash ginger soup (蘋果紅蘿蔔南瓜薑湯)

Introduction:

I mentioned in my other post that there was this Hong Kong TV show about soup, and the guest chef, Hilda Leung, introduced a soup recipe every episode.  One of the soup recipes that she introduced was the apple carrot butternut squash ginger soup.  I’m a big fan of butternut squash; I really like the creamy texture of blended butternut squash in soup.  Also, butternut squash is supposed to be very god for your body.  Hmm… I’m so gonna try this recipe!

I modified Hilda’s recipe a little because:
a) I did’t have all the ingredients on her recipe at home
b) I changed it a little to suit my taste

Materials: (serves 4)

40 g shallots, finely chopped
200 g apples, peeled and diced
200 g carrots, peeled and diced
400 g butternut squash, peeled and diced
30 g ginger, peeled and diced
150 g ham/sausage (or some kind of meat)
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp butter
2 L water

Salt
Pepper

Procedure:

1) Heat up a medium size pan.  Melt the butter.  Put the shallots in and stir fry until the fragrance comes out.  Put the apples, carrots, butternut squash and ginger in.  Stir fry for about 2 minutes.

2) Put water in, then add the dried rosemary.  Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes.

3) Use a hand held blender to blend the soup.

4) Put the ham/sausage in and cook for another few minutes.

5) Add salt and pepper to taste.

Results:

Discussions:

1) I really like this soup!  I like butternut squash, I like ginger, and I like apples!  My faves in one soup!  Perfect!

2) You can add cooked macaroni in the soup for a more filling meal.  That’s what I do when I can’t finish the soup on the first day! 🙂

References:

Leung, Hilda. Pretty soup brewer. http://programme.tvb.com/foodandtravel/prettysoupbrewers/i_info/125160/7/1381

Leung, Hilda. Cookaholic Journey by Hildada. http://www.facebook.com/CookaholicJourney

Leung, Hilda. Sina. http://www.weibo.com/hildaleung

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Leftover turkey quesadilla

LONG TIME NO SEE!!!

I haven’t updated for a few months now… it’s because I was busy with my full time work AND 2 courses.  I don’t think I will ever do it again because it was super stressful – no life except for work and study.  I didn’t have enough sleep for 4 months.  Oh well… it’s all history now! 

Anyways, I hope you all had a great Christmas.  It was my turn to host Christmas dinner last year (2011, which was only last week!).  I bought a President’s Choice easy to bake turkey.  It was super easy!  Just take it out from the freezer and pop it in the oven for a few hours.  The turkey didn’t look big, but since it was boneless, it was ALL MEAT!  It was way too much for my family of 15.  I have LOTS of leftover.  I have been eating turkey leftover since Christmas and I still have leftover!!!  So… here’s a super easy recipe for turkey leftover – Turkey quesadilla.

Sorry the picture is not very good.  I used my iPhone to take this picture…

Ingredients:
Chopped up turkey leftover
Finely chopped green onions
Jam (any jam)
Cheese (any cheese, I used brie and Saint. Paulin Cheese)
Tortilla

Methods:
1) Heat up a frying pan – medium heat.

2) Spread jam on a tortilla.  Put it in the frying pan.

3) Put the turkey on the tortilla shell, then sprinkle the green onions and cheese on top.

4) Put another piece of tortilla on top.

5) Flip.  When it’s warm, it’s ready!

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