they have now gone outside to the cooler greenhouse to harden off,it is not mouse proof so I am taking pot luck with these as I don't have anymore saved seed.The recent sun we have just had is bringing out all sorts of little gems,some welcome and some worryingly as the weather forecast is still so cold.
This Hellebore I have also had in a previous post it is Helleborus x Ericsmithii,the lovely pink on the back of the petals is so subtle,with the sun shining on it the yellow stamens and the lovely green at the base of the petal's I think make it a real little gem
I have also been busy in the kitchen with the hot cross buns and various cakes that just have to be consumed this time of year.I am still making soups!!!!!! It is April for goodness sake.So I am going to share this Butternut squash soup that has a nice warm kick to it.
2 tablespoons butter
1 oniion chopped
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger-less if you are not so keen on ginger
1 jalepeno pepper,seeded and chopped
1 butternut squash(about 2 pound) peeled,seeded,chopped
500ml chicken stock
1 can evaporated milk(12fld oz)
1/2 cup coconut milk(I use powder Fox's Spices do a lovely one,150ml warm water to 50 gm powder makes a lovely milk)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp cumin
Looking at the colours of this lot you just know you are going to get something yummy from it!
Melt the butter,add the onion,ginger and pepper.Cook until the onion has become translucent. Add the cumin and give it all a good stir before adding the stock.If you don't like it creamy(which hubby doesn't) don't add the evaporated milk but add more stock.Add the butternut squash and bring to the boil,reduce to a medium heat,cover and simmer until the squash is tender-about 30 mins.
Stir in the evaporated milk,coconut milk and salt and pepper to taste.Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
In batches liquidise or use a hand blender and do it in the pan.If using a liquidiser put back into a clean pan.Ladle into bowls,I garnished mine with home-made Greek yoghurt(new purchase,will let you know how I get on with it) and thyme from the garden
It is silky smooth and spicy at the same time-enjoy