As you may have noticed, Zak has been AWOL from Canadian Atheist for a while. Okay, he did post a leafy picture on October 4 but otherwise, no Zak. After a bit of sleuthing, I found him promoting his love of food on Twitter:
“Butternut squash and oyster soup. I didn’t have any clean bowls so I made one.”
Zak offered to share his recipe with Canadian Atheist readers:
What’s Cooking: Butternut Squash and Oyster Soup
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 cup chopped butternut squash
2 cups chicken (or vegetable) stock
pinch of nutmeg
big pinch of chili powder
5-10 oysters, shucked (or use canned but try to find non-smoked)
Add onions, garlic, and oil in a large pot and cook on medium heat until soft. Add remaining ingredients and cook on med-high heat until carrots are soft. Puree using an blender. Serve warm in a ridiculous-looking bowl made by carving out the bottom end of a butternut squash. Garnish with sage.
The soup is very sweet so you’ll need a lot of salt to balance the flavours. I’m not sure I like oysters paired with butternut because of the dominating sweetness and flavour of the squash. It might work better with a milder squash like acorn. Makes a pretty picture, though.
Thanks Zak, we’re looking forward to more Canadian Atheist posts from you.