It was the eve of Halloween and James’ final day on call (meaning he can’t be more than 15 minutes away from a computer with internet access) so we decided to carve pumpkins and being one not to waste, use the flesh to make pumpkin soup.
The pumpkin carving was quite straight forward, James put a lot more effort into his into making it scary whilst I tried to make mine look friendly.
I sent James on an adventure to the Bake-haus and he purchased some of their delicious yoghurt bread although he only went and forgot to get a bloody stamp on the loyalty card. It made me a little sad but the tastiness of the bread quickly cheered me up.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
- Onion – 1
- Pumpkin flesh – 750g chopped
- Vegetable stock – 550ml
- Double creme – 100ml (although you can probably use creme fraiche instead)
- Bacon lardons – 180g packet
- Cumin and chilli powder to taste, potentially try nutmeg as well
- Put olive oil into pot and add onions, cook for 5-10 mins on low heat until soft
- Add half the bacon lardons to pot
- Add pumpkin and cook for 5 mins
- Add vegetable stock, cook with lid on for 10 mins
- Add double creme
- Add cumin and chill powder
- Use a hand blender and puree the mixture
- Pass through a sieve
- Pour into bowls
- Heat remaining half of lardons and top the soup with these
- Eat with some delicious bread!