Monday, February 7, 2011

keeping warm...

I love a good bowl of steaming soup on a cold winter evening, do you?  One of my favorites is Witch's Stew.  You make it like this:

1/2 bone-in picnic ham (or any ham, I've even used cut up ham steaks)
a large butternut squash, cubed [as much as you can cube a squash :) ]
4-6 parsnips, sliced
1 onion, sliced
6 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1/2lb bacon (1lb for a large pot of soup or bacon lover)

Put your ham in a large pot, along with the butternut squash*.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, cook your bacon in a frypan, and set it aside once it is done.  Cook your sliced onion in the bacon fat.  Back to the pot - add in the parsnips and celery.  Keep that pot simmering - you want the squash to become mush and make a thick orange broth of sorts, instead of having chunks of squash in your bowl.  add your onion and crumbled bacon to the pot to heat through.  I plan on this soup being on my stovetop, simmering away, for 2 hours or more.

*peeling and seeding a squash is easier if you stab it with a knife (carefully, don't go all psycho here) and put it directly on your oven rack at 350 F until it starts to soften.  Take it out and let it cool before you proceed.

Orange is such a great color, especially for a steaming bowl of soup.  It makes me happy just looking at it. 


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