NCR October - Squash Soups & Salads

It's October. Autumn is here and so it seemed right that this round should be all about squash. Squash in all it's beautiful shapes and sizes. And a wonderful roundup it is. You are in for a real treat.

1. Butternut Squash, Feta Cheese and Roasted Pepper Quiche
Janice (Farmersgirl Kitchen)

First up is my good friend Janice with the most mouth-watering quiche. She was worried that we wouldn't count quiche as a salad, but heck quiche is synonymous with or as salad, so I told her to go ahead. Squash, roasted peppers and feta. I can't imagine a better combination. Inspired Janice and a really gorgeous looking quiche.


2. Vegan Corn Chowder with Butternut Squash
Lisa (Allergy-Free Vintage Cookery)

Lisa says this is "one of those fortunate accidents where she had limited ingredients available and very little time.... She threw what she had into a pot and amazingly, it tasted wonderful"! Well, I for one would never have guessed looking at the recipe. It sounds amazing! I am also rather stunned by the amount of events Lisa is submitting this to. 36 in total, although I am pleased that No Croutons Required is at the top of the list. I may have to talk to her about The Food Blog Diary. I seem to have an expert in my midst when it comes to events.


3. Butternut Squash Soup with Black Beans and Jalapeno
Shaheen (Allotment 2 Kitchen)

Next up is another blogger I am pleased to call a friend. Now if there is a blogger who knows her vegetables it is Shaheen. Shaheen has always grown her own vegetables and the sheer quantity and quality of the recipes she posts is breathtaking. I must use Shaheen's words to describe this soup. "Sun gold, buttery Butternut Squash and soft black and brown beans; enhanced further with cumin seeds and Jalapeño peppers." Mmmmmmm, doesn't that sound good?

West of Scotland

4. Quinoa Squash Salad with Honey Paprika Vinaigrette
Kalinda (Wheat Free Meat Free)

Oh my, I really like the sound of this warm salad and dressing. The salad is made with roast squash, red quinoa and baby spinach salad with the most wonderful smoky dressing. I am quite into my salads even though Autumn is well under way here in Scotland and I am really looking forward to trying this honey and paprika dressing.

St. Louis, MO, USA

5. Roasted Pumpkin Arugula Salad with Millet and Toasted Pine Nuts
France (Beyond the Peel)

France has great memories of living in London and visiting a wee bistro called Cafe Boheme, where she would regularly order this salad. It made a lasting impression and France has been inspired to recreate it for us. This time the roasted squash is joined by arugula (or rocket as we know it), millet, pine nuts and feta. Yum!

Vancouver Island, Canada

6. Squash & Spinach Soup
Jacqueline (Tinned Tomatoes)

I have been poorly this week, so my planned salad just didn't happen, so instead I am offering up a rather delicious soup I made way back in the snowy January of 2008. It is a smooth and gently spicy soup of butternut squash, carrots, spinach, potatoes, ginger and coriander. So, so tasty and such a healthy dish. Just what I am needing at the moment, if only someone would make a batch for me.


7. Curried Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup
Karen (Lavender & Lovage)

Karen is a new blogging friend, whom I only recently met, but we get along famously already. Karen and I have great chats on Twitter of an evening with our other partner in crime Janice (who provided us with our first entry of quiche). One thing I learned rather quickly about Karen is she loves cooking and baking, I mean really loves it. Ingredients excite her and you can tell from the marvellous dishes she creates and this soup is no exception. Butternut squash, parsnips, curry powder, coconut milk, coconut flakes. Mmmmmmmm!


8. Speedy Butternut Squash & Black Bean Salad
Valerie (CityLifeEats)

And now on to a regular contributor to NCR, but first here is what Valerie had to say about her salad. "The idea with this recipe was to get the sweet and smoky flavors of roasting squash minus the time required to do that - so I steamed the squash and made a dressing that was both sweet and smoky :)" Personally, I love the idea of teaming butternut squash with black beans and kale. Then there is the spice and the avocado on top. Such a treat!

Washington, DC, USA

9. Roasted Red Kabocha Squash Soup: The Soup that Must Not Be Named
Sharyn (The Kale Chronicles)

Sharyn was hoping to make a fancy schmancy soup with the squash in her veg box. She was leaning towards thai until her mother requested something completely different. I can see why if was requested, a delicious soup with an unusual stock. "What makes this soup unusual and deeply flavored is that I make a stock of the seeds and strings of the squash that people usually toss in the compost bin, along with the roasted squash skins." Clever huh? If you want to know why it is the soup that must not be named you will just have to pay Sharyn a visit. Oh and Sharyn paints the charming illustrations for her recipes herself.

California, USA

10. Butternut Squash & Carrot Soup
Rachel (Thoughts & Travels of Rachel Cotterill)

I know how good this soup is as I make a similar one myself. It is a family favourite here. Butternut squash and carrots are such good buddies, they love each other's company and are a well matched pair. Rachel has changed things up a bit by adding rosemary, which I would never have thought of adding but must try. Slurp!

Gloucestershire, UK

11. Spiced Roast Squash & Garlic Soup
Michelle (Food, Football & a Baby)

Such a gorgeous photo, don't you think? And the soup is pretty special too. And guess what? Another blogger who has teamed the squash with rosemary. I am obviously missing something here. The secret to Michelle's soup is that she roasts the squash and the garlic with a sprinkling of garam masala (which she makes herself) before making the soup and adding the rosemary. Michelle made a spicier version during her time on Masterchef and it actually can be found in the Masterchef Cookbook.

Edmonton, AB, Canada

12. Curry-Laced Pumpkin and Potato Soup
Lisa (Lisa's Kitchen)

The next soup up comes from my best buddy and co-host Lisa. I love the way she describes this soup as curry laced. Nice wording and Lisa describes the soup well too. "Laced with just a hint of curry spice, this pumpkin and potato soup will invite your diners with a pleasing fragrance and the warm golden hues of autumn." and if she hasn't caught your attention yet, then she hits us with "Filled with anti-oxidants and vitamins and gentle on the tummy, this is a warming soup that helps strengthen your immune system.". Yep, we are definitely on board.

London, Ontario

13. Butternut Squash, Coconut and Lentil Stew
Janet (The Taste Space)

This one is a big bowl of gorgeousness. I don't think I am up to describing your soups tonight. You are much better at it. I think my chest infection has addled my brain. So it is over to Janet. "Creamy and savoury. The toor dal melts into a thickened soup spiced with warming spices and thick chunks of dried coconut. There was a zippy undertone that was tempered by the cilantro." Wowee! It sounds wonderful, doesn't it?

Toronto, Canada

14. Butternut Squash Chowder with Parmesan Crisps
Val (More Than Burnt Toast)

Val has been with me since the beginning. She has been so supportful over the years and I have to say I have been glad of it. We also enjoy very similar tastes, so I was excited to see she had submitted a recipe for NCR this month and I wasn't disappointed. "Roasted butternut squash, leeks, carrots, parsnip and potatoes all work together to make this soul-satisfying soup that is perfect for these in-between days as we move into fall." *Slurp*

British Columbia, Canada

15. Papaya and Squash Soup with Sweet Curry
Torwen (Torwen's Blog)

Torwen took pity on a overly ripe Papaya in the fruit bowl and came up with this marvellous soup. Squash, papaya, coconut powder, coriander, red chili, garlic and curry powder. I defy anyone not to get excited about this soup. Oh the flavours! Just wonderful and a great big welcome back to Torwen.


16. Pumpkin, Cranberry, Walnut and Goats Cheeze Salad
Johanna (Green Gourmet Giraffe)

Yes, I did say Cheeze. Johanna is participating in Vegan MOFO this month and actually made her own vegan goat's cheese. Pretty inpressive, huh? So what else was nestled up to the cheeze? Pumpkin, dried cranberries, brown rice, brown quinoa, spring onions, green capsicum and walnuts all hugged by a raspberry vinegar, mustard and maple dressing which sounds lush.

Melbourne, Australia

17. Yamuna Devi’s Pumpkin Dal
Theresa & Adam (The Yogi Kitchen)

Adam sent me a courgette recipe originally, trying to convice me it was a squash. I was sceptical, although I could see it might be from the same family. However, he and Theresa are stars and whipped up another recipe for us. They are out in India just now, so that wasn't as easy as it sounds and their main issue was actually getting a working cooker to use. They have been sadly lacking one. This sounds like a wonderful dal and the spicing, oh wow. You must go and have a look at the recipe!


18. Pumpkin Raita
Sweatha (Tasty Curry Leaf)

Another regular here at NCR and Sweatha finishes the roundup nicely with something a little bit different. Pumpkin, green chilli, fresh coriander and yoghurt seasoned, mustard seeds, black gram dal, curry leaves & asafoetida. Doesn't that sounds great. It would be pretty special as an accompliment to a curry too.

So that's another NCR roundup and so decisions have to be made. Which dish is your favourite? I know it is hard to choose, but please take the time and support all these wonderful bloggers.

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  1. I want to eat so many of these - and I have already had roast pumpkin with stuffed baked pumpkin for lunch - love the stuff! As for picking one for voting, that is a tough decision - almost as hard as getting sylvia to eat her dinner (but not much is that hard) :-)

  2. Great round up Jac! I need to participate next month...must must must!! :)

  3. Wow.....what a selection, they ALL look gorgeous!

    Sue xx

  4. AMAZING round up Jac and thanks so much for the warm and friendly has been a pleasure to meet you and Janice through twitter and blogging! Hopefully we will meet in person one day soon.
    The entries and recipes, as well as photos are outstanding....looking forward to the next NCR challenge.

  5. Amazing roundup. I really want a big bowl of soup now!

  6. There's a whole lot of comfort on this page!

  7. I had a hard time deciding which squash recipe to submit, and now I have an even harder time deciding which entry I like the most. They all look fantastic!

  8. Well done everyone, what a huge collection of squishy, squashy recipes! Thanks for putting my Quiche top of the pile Jac and thanks for soldiering on with the round up even though you are not well. Janice XXX

  9. Thanks for all of your work hosting this Jacqueline, we love reading your copy!

  10. It's so much fun to see all of the submissions in one place and read the descriptions, plus a poll. Thank you. Now I know what to do when parsnips appear in my food box. Can't wait to see next month's challenge.

  11. Fantastic roundup Jackie. I don't know how to choose which recipe to vote for as they all look so good!

  12. Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone. Such a great bunch of recipes this month. They are really outstanding. I hope everyone will manage to choose a favourite. Thanks to everyone that submitted a recipe :)

  13. Wonderful round up Jac - everything looks utterly delicious. Looking forward to having a look round all the blogs.

  14. I'm glad I finally had the time to participate. I love the descriptions. Can't wait for next month's challenge.

  15. I should have seen this sooner! I love pumpkins and squashes. I will give a try to many of those recipes!

  16. Wow! What a great round-up...thanks for the awesome links.
    Hope you have a great week ahead Jacqueline :-)

  17. Fab round-up, Jac. I'm sorry I missed it. October's been slipping through my fingers. I'll vote now.

  18. So many gorgeous recipes, so little time! That quiche looks amazing. Thanks for these links :)

  19. Great round-up! I was really looking forward to the salad ideas and I wasn't disappointed (I thought with autumn everybody would go for a warming soup *haha*).

    Thanks for hosting this event :)


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