Friday, December 19, 2014

Pumpkin soup with Mr. and Mrs. pumpkin

Autumn is all about pumpkins :) I love their beautiful colours, and variety. In Switzerland there are stands with lots of pumpkins from small to big, for decorating or eating. One can stop by anytime, pick up a pumpkin and leave the money in the money box. I find this trust in Switzerland great, I don't think it would work in many other countries :)
Pumpkins are easy to prepare and give delicious meal for the whole family :) I like to roast them or make a soup out of them. Using warming spices such as nutmeg, cumin, cloves gives a warming, comfy and comforting feeling.

What will you need: 

- 1 medium pumpkin
- 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil
- 3 small onions
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 3-4 cm ginger, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- 2 tsp curry
- 2 tbsp sea salt
- about 3 cups vegetable stock
- a pinch of nutmeg

  • First, cut the pumpkin into half, then remove the seeds with a spoon and place the pumpkin to a baking dish filled with water, covering about 2-3 cm of the bottom of the pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius and bake the pumpkin uncovered 45-60 minutes, or until tender.
  • Let the pumpkin cool and then remove the flesh. Discard the skin.
  • Heat a bigger pot over medium heat and add the oil. Add the onion, cubed sweet potatoes, garlic and ginger. Saute for about 10 minutes, until onions are translucent and vegetables become softer.
  • Add the spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander, white pepper, pumpkin pie spice (if used) and saute for about a minute.
  • Add the pumpkin flesh and the vegetable stock. You can add more water, if you would like a more liquid consistency. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes.
  • PureĆ© the soup using an immersion blender or a regular blender until smooth and cream.
  • Add salt and nutmeg according to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs, roasted pumpkin seeds, or sprinkle of nutmeg.
Enjoy :)

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