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Soup For You: Butternut Squash Curry

This soup is rich and heartwarming, ideal for when Winter storms, with names like “Thor,” interrupt our high hopes for thawing weather in the coming weeks. I’ve been told it has a lot of complex “layers” of flavor.  This soup’s veritable heat will will certainly get you hot and bothered. Make it this weekend and decide for yourself. Ingredients: 2- medium to large butternut squashes, cut lengthwise into 1 cm thick slices 2 tbsp- ginger, minced 5-7- garlic cloves, minced 2-3- shallots, diced 2 inch piece- lemongrass (optional, but adds nice flavor if available) 2-3 oz/80-100g diced up S&B Japanese Golden Curry mix or make your own with curry powder, brown sugar, salt 1 tbsp- fish sauce (or soy if making vegan) 2 cans- coconut milk, normal or light 2-3 cubes- chicken or beef stock (or 2 tsp vegetable stock powder) 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce or Asian black vinegar Sea Salt- to taste 1-2 tsp- crushed black pepper 1-2 tsp paprika, smoked if available 1 tsp- ground cumin 1 tsp- cayenne, chipotle pepper or aji amarillo, …

Pass the Salt Please

“Pass the salt, please.” Instantly I’m handed way more salt than my body could possibly handle, and I shake some on my dinner to my palette’s delight. My passionate salting makes me especially clumsy, and I drop the salt shaker onto the table, freeing a collection of brilliant white grains.  “Quickly over the shoulder,” my grandma blurts out in concerned Russian. She’s referring to the superstition that spilling salt is bad luck and welcomes lies, treachery, darkness. This superstition, originates from the Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper, in which Judas, the original traitor, is seen knocking over the salt cellar with his elbow. It is believed, for inexplicable reasons, that when one spills salt, a flick of salt over the left shoulder is supposed to blind the devil lurking behind you. And so I oblige, after all why tempt forces I cannot reason with, as in my grandma’s anxiety regarding this matter? In any case, it’s just a little salt. not like it’s valuable. Salt is cheap and widely available. We often take for granted salt’s availability and low …