COLD DESSERT SOUP WITH WINTER SQUASH, ORANGE, STAR ANISE AND GINGER

winter squash

We woke up to a white world today and I can tell you that we were surprised! It was completely unexpected even though it was very cold yesterday evening, it seems to pretty local because I know (thanks to Twitter) that in Certaldo were Judy lives it has only been hailing. Anyway, as usual there’s no way the children could go to school and Marco had to stay at home so we are having a cosy day at home. An extra Sunday. But I hope that it will melt away during the day because it does cause problems when you are unable to go anywhere, especially when it came as early as this year, I am not as well stocked up as I usually am during the winter months.

I have been thinking about making a cold dessert soup using winter squash because I knew it would have this striking orange colour and that’s exactly what you need during the dark months. But as winter squash cannot be said to have a particularly fresh taste on its own, I have added freshly squeezes orange juice, star anise and fresh ginger to it and yes, it worked wonders! Fresh and sweetly pungent.

Cold Dessert Soup With Winter Squash, Oranges, Star Anise and Ginger

COLD DESSERT SOUP WITH WINTER SQUASH, ORANGE, STAR ANISE AND GINGER
3-4 servings

300 g/10,5 oz winter squash, diced
500 ml/2,1 cups water
4 or more star anise
the juice of 3 small oranges
sugar or honey, as much you like
fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped

– Simmer the winter squash in the water and star anise for about 15 minutes.
– Take out the anise and then run the rest in a blender until smooth. Add sugar, stir and leave it to cool down.
– Add orange juice and as much ginger you feel like. Put in the fridge to get really cold.
– Serve.

Cold Dessert Soup With Winter Squash, Oranges, Star Anise and Ginger

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