The first recipe on the chopping block was one for a butternut squash soup, which sounded promising. There's nothing like a tasty, lightly-spiced blended soup on a chilly winter afternoon!
I admit, however,
that the rather sparse list of ingredients quelled my enthusiasm.
Where are the spices? There's only so much that can be accomplished by a
post-cooking pepper and salting. But nonetheless, we are judging the
recipe on its own merits, and I've already used up my one permissible
modification. So I proceed as is written, taking comfort in my kids'
lack of objection to bland food.
instructions were straightforward -- saute the onions & garlic
until fragrant, add the pumpkin until soft, add the stock until boiling,
and then blend. Voila, bone-warming soup! I also added a tablespoon
full of heavy cream to get that cool effect you see in high end
restaurants. ;-) (Yes, I watch the cooking channel too much.)
suspected, the result was a bit bland. Some dried chili flakes woke up
my bowl, but everyone else seemed happy with a bit of salt and
While not a "wow!" recipe, the overall ease, versatility, and edibility
of this dish earns it a passing grade. I look forward to improving it
with my own spin in future iterations.
Score for Breville Instruction Manual: One success of one attempt so
far, with a maximum of six possible recipes to try. Once again, the
cookbook requires four passes to be kept -- anything less, and to the
give-away pile it goes! (Or in this case, the filing cabinet with the rest of the household manuals....)
The next recipe will be a guacamole -- will it be a success? Stay tuned to find out!