1. Halve, seed and cube the butternut squash and the red kuri squash. Put them in a frying pan, together with the garlic cloves (which are sliced into small pieces beforehand). Stir-fry them in a bit of oil.
2. Put the vegetable broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Peel and cube the potatoes and the ginger (a bit of ginger is enough! Don’t add too much!). Tip the potatoes, ginger and the squash into the pot.
3. Let it boil for 20 minutes. Blend everything. Then add the spices and whipped cream. Let it boil for a bit longer. Blend it again and leave it over night. Add the orange juice before eating it the next day. You can also add some sour cream or crème fraîche before serving it. Done!
I couldn’t celebrate my birthday on December 21st, because I had a really bad cold in December and was definitely not in the right mood for a party either. Therefore I just postponed my birthday to January, to this weekend to be exact. I put myself in the right mood for the party by going shopping yesterday morning to choose jewellery I could wear with my dress in the evening. Well, shopping was a success. I bought a pearl necklace and the matching pearl bracelet. I had booked a table for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the “Neustadt”, the Soho of Dresden, for 7pm. When I was done with shopping, there still was a lot of time left as it was only 5.30pm. I decided I’d take my guests to ‘Barococo’ (my favourite cocktail bar in Germany) before dinner and a surprise was waiting for me there: I got all cocktails for free as a birthday present! So great! I had about 3 strawberry cocktails before we went to the restaurant. The building it’s located in didn’t look inviting at all. We didn’t even find the door at first, because it was in some kind of small side alley and looked like the back door to either some kind of shabby nightclub or an exclusive VIP private club. It turned out to be rather the latter. We were delighted to find a red carpet (à la Hollywood) leading up a staircase to a very welcoming room, all decorated with fish tanks and Chinese vases. And that room…lead straight to the most glamorous hall (yes, hall!) I’ve ever seen. There was a huge buffet, rococo-style chairs and wallpaper, a Mongolian barbecue grill and several chandeliers above our heads. We payed about 13€ for each person (that’s about £11) which is really really cheap for such a luxurious dinner buffet! Especially, because everyone could eat as much as they wanted. I had sushi, breaded banana, apple, surimi and fish, Chinese soup, crocodile, jelly with vanilla sauce and fruits I never even knew existed! And I got a present at the end: a bottle plum wine! I’ll definitely come back, as will most of my guests.