# 46 – Soup!


In Dubai this is a BIG thing… we finally get temperatures that a large part of the northern hemisphere would consider summer temperatures. Which means that we get to sit outside, turn off the AC, training outside is sooo much more enjoyable, your clothes no longer stick to you from humidity when you walk outside and we get to wear ‘winter woolies’. If you’ve been here for a couple of summers, you eventually get acclimatised and anything below 20 ºC is COLD!

So, this meant one thing for my something new this week… I was going to make soup! From scratch! I chose my mom’s butternut recipe for my first attempt because she had said it was relatively easy to do (although I believe that most soups are easy to make 😉 )


  • 500g butternut cubed
  • 25 ml oil
  • 10 ml butter
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 5 ml ground ginger
  • 5 ml cinnamon
  • 1 liter chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250 ml milk
  • 5 ml honey
  • 2 ml paprika
  • salt to taste (I didn’t use any)


  • Heat the oil and butter
  • Add the butternut, onion, potatoes, carrots, ginger, cinnamon and cook over low heat for approximately 5 minutes
  • Add the stock, milk, honey, paprika and salt to taste and bring to the boil
  • Simmer until all vegetables are soft
  • Allow to cool and then blend until smooth

Unfortunately, excitement (and watching a movie) got the better of me while making the soup and I didn’t take any preparation photos until things were well on the way 😦

Images taken from Google

Images taken from Google

Although the photos don’t do it any justice, the actual finished product was delicious! I took some to work the next day and heated it up for lunch – YUM! And now there’s a bunch of soup in the freezer for another chilly night in front of the TV 🙂


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