A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

It’s soup weather!

After two weeks of glorious weather, we’ve had a few days of blustery winter weather. It’s been hard to go back to winter, but not that surprising, considering it’s only February!

The past couple of days, it’s been extremely cold and windy. I have to qualify the “cold” word – I grew up in South Dakota, where “cold” has an entirely different meaning to the cold we experience here in southern Spain! 🙂

OK, so it’s not -20 F cold. But considering the fact that we have single pane windows and no insulation and no central heating, it’s still cold, even though it’s not even 0 degrees here!

So let the sympathy roll in, and in the meantime, here’s a great recipe for soup, to warm the cockles of your soul. If you can grow most of the ingredients yourself, so much the better!

Butternut and sage soup
1 butternut squash, peeled, cleaned and diced
1 medium potato, peeled, washed and diced
1/2 onion
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
Fresh chicken stock
olive oil

Put the squash, potato, onion, sage and garlic in a saucepan with the olive oil. Cook for  minutes. Cover with chicken stock.

Cook 20-30 minutes until tender, then use a stick blender to mix. Serve hot.


Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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