It is still below freezing this January morning. I am trying to think of something warming and yummy to make for lunch after we have been out working on the woodpile. Chopping and stacking wood keeps us warm, but it is nice to come in to soup and biscuits for lunch. It needed to be something that didn’t take a lot of time to make.
Well I have a big pile of winter squashes which are supposed to be Gold Nugget Squash, but turned out to be about eight other kinds of winter squash. Most turned out a golden yellow but they range in size from about six ounces to about four pounds, some look like queen squash, and some look like turban. The turbans don’t have the best flavor, but you can still use them in something if you add a lot of herbs and spices too. We have apples stored from the neighbor’s tree as well which are some unknown variety, but keep pretty well. How about a soup of winter squash with apples and curry? These winter squash to have very tough hides and I have found that I cannot cut them with a knife, very gourd-like. They need to be vented to roast or they will explode due to the pressure of steam building up inside. I actually made a bunch of vent holes in one to roast it and it still exploded. What a mess in the oven. So I took it out to the chopping block in the woodshed and chopped it in half with the ax. Perfect cut, equal halves. Roasted them face down with the seeds in them until tender. Steamed the apples and put both through the Foley food mill till smooth. Added lots of chicken broth, a little cream and some brown rice flour for a thickener. Dried onions and parsley and LOTS of curry powder. Since we had just had turkey, I picked the carcass and put some turkey chunks in it too. Baked up a batch of biscuits and we are still warm.
Now I have these two halves of the squash shell left with the insides scraped out. Not much left in them for the chickens to peck so what could I do with these? I could have served the soup in them, but I didn’t.
I have some drippings in a tin can that I have poured off from cooking. When it is cold, it is hard. What about a little birdseed and some drippings cast into the squash shells, tie on a string and hang it out for the birdies who are really feeling the cold? Well, that is what we did. They are pretty with the bright orange shells. I have two halves so will save the other for when this one is finished. I can’t do this in the summer as the drippings would melt and run out, but there is plenty for the birds to eat in the warmer weather. It is now they really need something, including water. All the birdbaths are frozen, so be sure to remember to put some warm water in the birdbath. I gave the doves warm water yesterday and they promptly bathed in it. That must have been cold when they got out.