Fortunately, the decision was made for me when I realized that I had half a container of sour cream sitting idle in my fridge, which would be an acceptable substitute for the creme fraiche in the butternut squash and chili soup recipe that Sharron (of Jewelling the Elephant) suggested. So, after venturing out in the -30 C (not counting the wind chill) weather for my photography lesson on Saturday, I spent the rest of the day hiding out in my warm kitchen making soup.
I'm longing to try more recipes, but unfortunately I have this pesky thing called work taking up most of my time, not to mention the fact that my freezer is currently filled to the point that it pops open if I'm not careful. (Thankfully, I haven't had a repeat of the great freezer defrost yet, but there's a high risk of it happening.) I'm eating soup pretty much once a day though, so there should be room for another batch by the weekend. I have both chickpeas and black beans in my cupboard, so stay tuned to see which recipe is next*.
*I know that this isn't really all that exciting, but it's January in Canada. My life consists of eating, sleeping, working, studying, and bundling up in every piece of clothing I own to avoid freezing. I'm aiming for things to be exciting again around March.