The Glory of Youth and But­ter­nut Squash Soup

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in colour from that of the orig­i­nal recipe.

Ev­ery­one in the class usu­ally tried to stick to the recipe as ac­cu­rately as pos­si­ble in order to avoid a neg­a­tive re­sult and I was a bit con­cerned about that as well, un­til I tasted it.

I pre­sented Chef with the bowl of ba­con but­ter­nut squash soup gar­nished with a mint leaf and bit the in­side of my bot­tom lip from the ten­sion. She did in­deed first com­ment on the lighter colour of my soup and I told her sheep­ishly that I had added a small amount of cream cheese along with a cou­ple other small changes.

Know­ing that I was ea­ger for her opin­ion and be­ing play­ful as she was, she made a small show of plung­ing her spoon slowly into the bowl and seem­ingly over­an­a­lyz­ing every small de­tail to build the sus­pense be­fore tak­ing her first mouth­ful. When she tasted it, her eyes lit up and she in­stantly made the sound every cook loves to hear most. “Mm­m­m­mmm!”

She pro­claimed my creation to be de­li­cious and pol­ished off the en­tire bowl.

It was one of the proud­est and most glo­ri­ous mo­ments for me as a young cook be­cause I had man­aged to turn what was pre­vi­ously a weak­ness into strength and im­pressed a chef whom I deeply ad­mired for her culi­nary prow­ess.

Since then this soup has been my trump card in most restau­rants that I’ve had a bit of creative li­cense in and also my go-to soup for im­press­ing peo­ple that need to be im­pressed, such as the fam­ily of my ex-fi­ancé.

I in­vite you all to try cook­ing this soup for your­selves at home or any other vari­a­tion of but­ter­nut squash soup that you may find on­line or in any cook­books.

In my opin­ion, but­ter­nut squash is very much un­der­used and un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated here in New­found­land and that is a shame. I’ve of­ten used roasted but­ter­nut squash as an ad­di­tion to a turkey jiggs din­ner more than once with amaz­ing re­sults!

But... that sounds like a good topic for an­other ar­ti­cle.

Happy blend­ing!

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