a bowl of fancy soup

by Holly on January 3, 2012

in dinner,gluten-free,lunch,recipes,silliness,vegan

I’m not fancy…like, at all.

You know those women who know which fork to use at the dinner table…are never without expertly-manicured hands…and know what words like “fascinator,”first class” and “amuse bouche” mean? Think Sex and the City’s Charlotte. Or Victoria Beckham. Or that annoying woman whose heels clack when she walks at work (there’s always one of them).

I wish I had it together like that! But I don’t.

I use one fork. I gnaw at my fingernails. And I thought amuse bouche was some booty-dancing club move until I watched Top Chef and realized it has nothing to do with dropping it low. And I’m okay with that, because I’m fun and don’t resemble an alien (ahem, Mrs. Beckham).

I like to travel to Germany, drink lots of beer, get really drunk at the world-famous Hofbrauhaus and lick my apple strudel plate clean…in public.

I Bernie at weddings. Invite me to your wedding…I’ll Bernie there too.

And I won’t come to your bachelorette party in New Orleans unless there is an agreement before-hand on a pirate theme, absinthe-laced drinks and the inappropriate use of the joke, “What does a pirate call a prostitute? A hook-arrrrrr!” all party long.

No spas or classy champagne cocktails allowed.

But despite these things, I guess even a beer-drinking, blue-cheese-and-bacon-fries-eating, food-blogging squirrel like me finds a nut sometimes. A nut in the form of Curried Acorn Squash & Roasted Apple Soup.

It sounds fancy, but trust me – get past the name, and you’ll find it’s nothing but easy.

And delicious.

And so very h-ARRRRR-d to resist.

Yeah, I went there.

Curried Acorn Squash & Roasted Apple Soup
Prep time: 60 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes

2 acorn squash, halved and deseeded
2 small apples, cut into large chunks
2 to 3 cups vegetable broth
1 t curry powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t coriander
1/4 t cinnamon
salt + pepper, to taste
plain Greek yogurt, red pepper flakes and chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place halved squashes and apples on a baking sheet to roast. After 20 minutes, remove apples from baking sheet and place in a small bowl. Let squash continue to roast until soft. Remove from the oven, scoop out the squash and add to the bowl.

In a food processor or blender, puree apples, squash and 1 cup of broth until smooth. Pour into a Dutch oven or soup pot, add the remaining broth and place over medium-low heat. Once the soup comes to a boil, turn heat to low, add spices and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

To serve, pour into bowls and top with your choice of garnishes.

Makes 4 servings


Katie January 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

This looks swimable (like I could swim in it…a really yummy little swim).

Also, I wish so badly I knew you when I got married – I would have loved to have you Bernie at my wedding.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I still think you’re classy. I want to dress up like a pirate with you.

Danielle January 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Well, I fancy you, and I imagine I’d fancy this soup almost as much.

Tasha @ Dine & Dash January 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

seeing as that I had a soup fail this week I’m a little scared to try making this…
but it looks so good I may have to!

dana @ my little celebration January 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I love that you bernie. And I love that you made this soup. Now can we just get on with being real life friends already!?

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I think we should have a joint “I’m not getting married” bachelorette party at the Hofbrauhaus with lots of amuse bouche-ing (not to be confused with amuse douching).

This brings to mind my favorite Rhett Butler GWTW quote: “Ladies have never held any charm for me.”

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats January 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Holly this soup looks amazing! I am making it this week to help me recover after my eye surgery! Thank you!

Allison (Allison's Delicious Life) January 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

You’re hilarious. I love this blog.

Kathryn January 4, 2012 at 3:11 am

Ooh very fancy soup!! It looks delicious and you are, as ever, hilarious. Non-fancy ladies of the world unite!

Erica January 4, 2012 at 3:18 am

Haha-im not fancy either!! Ive always wanted to try a soup that combines squash and apple, seems liketheyd go so well together

Nicole January 4, 2012 at 5:11 am

Fascinator :) I had to think about that one for a minute…I knew it rang a bell. I received a fancy hat for Christmas that makes me feel all Royal Duchess.

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 4, 2012 at 5:44 am

Hahaha all I can say is I wish I were at that bachelorette party!

Hillary January 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

At first I was all like “I know what amuse bouche means!” And then I realized that I only know what it means because I watch Top Chef, too. Damn.

Sarah@The Flying ONION January 4, 2012 at 6:54 am

I’m making something similar this week! Delicious and perfect. :D

And I LOVE your pirate costume! That is *the* best. :D

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland January 4, 2012 at 8:56 am

Oh this post made me laugh! That soup looks and sounds delicious. This just reminded me…I owe you an email…

Madeline - Greens and Jeans January 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

You’re officially in charge of my bachelorette party. For realz.

Kim January 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

Ah! This soup sounds really good..and I actually have everything on hand already! Do you think it would be good w/ chicken broth instead of veg…??

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com January 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

You crack me up! Love the plate licking photo…classy! ;)

I’m glad I’m not the only non-girly girl around here! Yay for us! :D

Megan (Braise the Roof) January 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

That pirate theme is awesome. We did a Magnum PI theme for a bachelorette I went to in New Orleans- those themes are just SO much better than the veil/penis/sparkly dress themes. That soup looks yummy- love blended soups like that. :)

Mackenzie January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

ummmm, may i formally request your bernie skills at my next social engagement?!

amanda January 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

pirate themed bachelorette party? um, heck yes!

and i kid you not, in college, i use to always say it was impossible for me to have class because of my curly hair. like my curls just always made me slightly off kilter and a wee bit more cray cray looking.

julie January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

i wish i had a bowl of soup i’m so cold :(

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I second Katie’s swimmable comment.
Sad that I’ve already had my wedding too.

Shaunna Ulrick January 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

What is your address and I will send you a wedding invite? Bring the classy soup…it will fancy up our Little Debbie cake :)

Suzanne January 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

You make me laugh……thank you

Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I love the thought of apples in soup! Or I guess apples in anything. I pretty much just love apples a lot.

Katie January 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I think I could actually make this!!!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Yes please!

Bonnie January 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

YUM – that soup sounds absolutely delicious! Also, your post made me smile all the way through…love your writing voice and sense of humor. I think you must be a BLAST to hang out with! :D

Marty January 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

This soup sounds like something I’d love. I recently made my first butternut squash soup and fell in love. I am gonna try and pick up some acorn squash this weekend and give this a shot. Apples and squash? How can that be bad!?!?

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef January 6, 2012 at 12:59 am

If I ever get married, I totally will take the idea of a themed bachelorette party seriously! I always dress like a pirate for “holidays” so I may have to go with a different theme, but never the less, I’ll have a theme :) The soup is fancy.. just like your fancy striped pirate socks! Keep those around for a “Where’s Waldo” Halloween costume!! hahahaha :) Love it…

Erin January 8, 2012 at 6:08 am

I’m glad you’re not all classy and fancy. I probably wouldn’t read your blog if you were. Okay, maybe I would, but I know you don’t really want to be fancy anyway!

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