I love to cook and I love to eat! A friend of mine often suggests that I open my own restaurant, but that will likely never happen so instead I've decided to just blog about my culinary adventures!  Please follow along, and enjoy lots of good eats! 

Just keep in mind, that I'm not really a recipe following kind of person. Any measurement that I give you is in reality a splash of this and a dash of that. When I shop for food, I generally buy the things that I've never seen before, so if you arent an adventurist... Grow a pair, and try something new! 

Holy Shit-ake mushrooms, this soup is good! 

Ingredients


1 white onion
1 butternut squash
1 can of coconut milk
10 shiitake mushrooms
1 thumb of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of shredded coconut 
1 Tbs garam masala 
1 Tbs ground clove
1 Tbs brown sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon

I was grocery shopping and came across a butternut squash, something that I have never before attempted to cook- so of course I bought it. It sat on the counter for a number of days because I wasn't sure how to tackle this adventure. Finally (because the squash was approaching the end of its life) I chopped it in half (lengthwise), gutted it of all the seeds, smeared it in butter and sprinkled salt on top. I put it in the oven (rind side down) at 425 degrees and went for a jog. I think i baked it for an hour or so... I then sautéed onions in lots of butter and a spoonful of brown sugar until they were golden. Meanwhile, on a cookie sheet, evenly spread shredded coconut and tossed it in the oven on broil. These brown very quickly! I recommend leaving the oven door cracked, and DONT forget about it! Let the coconut brown until they are on the chocolate side of golden brown. 

Scrape all of the squash off of the rind and put it in a blender. Add the  browned coconut, onion, coconut milk, and a cup of water and blend it until it is a smooth consistency, then put it in a pot. As the soup is simmering on low add the rest of the ingredients. I very finely chopped my ginger and garlic but to save time i suppose that they could go in the blender too. As for the shiitake mushrooms, I just sliced them, they added a nice substance to the soup.

If your soup looks like baby poop, worry not! It still tastes amazing :) I served it garnished with cilantro, a sprinkle of garam masala and a slice of cheese bread.