The lovely bright orange leaves are now falling from the tree outside our bedroom window, signalling that winter is just around the corner.
As the weather gets colder, BC’s nose is officially on snow alert (he swears he can actually predict snowfall by smell) . For me hat and scarf weather means dragging out the soup pot to cook up some lovely hearty soups to warm both body and soul.
As the shops are full of pumpkins at the moment I thought I might try my hand at pumpkin soup. My mum brought me an old ‘Maggie’s Centre’ recipe book just the other week and it was here that I found a fabulous fiery soup recipe to experiment with (out of pumpkin season you can make this soup with butternut squash and I’m sure it would be just as tasty).
Here’s how it’s done:
Chop up a pumpkin and boil it until soft then mash it up
Fry up an onion, a couple of garlic cloves, quarter or half a red chilli (depends how hot you like it) and around half a teaspoon of grated ginger for a few minutes until the onion is nice and soft.
Add the mashed pumpkin along with a splash of Worcester sauce, 1/2 a beef stock cube, a teaspoon of sugar and four cups of vegetable stock to the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes or so. Add 1/4 of a pint of single cream a few minutes before the end.
Then liquidise or blitz with your hand blender, and voila! A little smattering of parsley to bring it all together and you will have yourself a lovely fiery seasonal soup.
Empty plates all round and seconds served up for BC. A winner set to become a staple in my winter repertoire.
I suppose the ideal scenario is to cleverly carve out all of your pumpkin flesh, leaving behind a shell from which to carve out a fabulous pumpkin lantern to delight your kids with. At Grumbling HQ we are sadly not that clever (although it is not from the lack of trying). We did start out with this in mind but it was a bit of a hatchet job to be honest. So I am sadly off to Asda now to source a plastic lantern with good old battery power.
Try out the soup and have a smashing pumpkin filled Halloween