Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Friday!


When I looked out of the window this morning the grass was covered in frost and the sky was clear and pink! I love this bright Winter weather but WOW is it cold outside!

I thought I would share with you, on this frosty Friday, my favourite method of cooking squash! I love squash in all it's many, knobbly varieties. Tis' the season for it and it will no doubt brighten up my dining table many times over the next few weeks. This method works with any old squash - grab yourself a gourd and go!

Step 1: Wash the squash and slice into either quarters (in which case you can use it a bit like a baked potato and top with some nice green lentils cooked with tomato's or maybe a butterbean goulash) or long strips, about 1 inch wide (which looks pretty and works well for salads).

Step 2: Drizzle the squash with olive oil and sprinkle over a generous amount of sea salt and a good few grinds of black pepper. Bake in the oven at around 200c for about 30 mins - until the squash is very nearly soft all the way through.

Step 3: Crush a couple of cloves of garlic in a small bowl and add one or two chopped chillies (depending on how hot you like your heat). Take the squash out of the oven and brush the garlic chili mixture all over it. Pop back in the oven and lower the heat to around 160c for the last 10 minutes. If the squash is already cooked to perfection you can just turn the oven off for the last part!

Enjoy! What are your favourite Winter warmers? Any crock pot / slow cooker recipes that would be just perfect at this time of year?

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