Just what the dentist ordered: Butternut soup with garlic toast

 

I finally braved that visit to the dentist today, 5 days of being in pain can help you face your fears. Yes I know I should visit my dentist often, but I don’t have one. Reason: I’ve never been to a dentist before. That scary chair with those long needles is why. But I can’t bare the pain anymore, and my weekend pain killing plan cannot work during working hours. Vodka does wonders for pain, by the way :-P!

It turned out to be a little more serious as well. I had a root abscess, on my already half chipped molar, thanks to clap from my uncle a few years ago. So the dentist had to take out the tooth to drain the abscess, I know it sounds a bit disgusting, especially before dinner. But my point is, because my face still feels like it’s going to fall off, and I can only chew or more like swallow soft foods, dinner tonight is soup. But it amazes how you suddenly crave things you never ever eat, as soon as there’s a reason you can’t have them.

X-Rays of my teeth
X-Rays of my teeth
Only a few injection screams, otherwise good dentist
Only a few injection screams, otherwise good dentist.

Because my son and husband have to be subjected to this as well, I’ll make both their favorite soup; butternut soup. I’ve never actually made butternut soup before, the only time I make soup is if it’s for ‘curing’ the cold. And my soups are always lentil- based.

What do you need?

  • Butternut, peeled and roughly chopped.

  • 1 Onion, 3 cloves of garlic

  • Spices- 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 bay leaves

  • 4 strips of back bacon, finely diced

  • 1 beef stock cube

  • Cottage cheese with chives

  • Fresh coriander sprinkles

Method

In a pot crisp up diced bacon, with a drizzle of olive oil, then add garlic and onions to soften.

Then add the roughly chopped butternut. Roast with the veggies a bit before adding the stock cube, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and 500ml of water

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Cooked
Cooked

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Lower the heat to the 4th setting( on a standard electric stove) and cook for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, remove from the heat. Take out the bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Blend your mixture using your electric blender or food processor. Until smooth. If you would like more seasoning this is the point to add more, you can add some spice if you like as well.

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Then serve with toasted bread, rubbed with a clove of garlic. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and  small chunks of cottage cheese with chives.

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Soft dinner served. Bon Appetit!image

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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