Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Spiced pumpkin soup.

I am in the mood for all things comforting and warming at the momnet. And soup is the perfect thing when feeling that way.

With that in mind a made a batch this afternoon and it is rather tasty. I make soups at work all the time, but never at home and though why is this? I couldn't come up with a good answer so out came the big blue saucepan.

I adapted a Delia recipe and made it my own. My spiced pumpkin (and apple) soup. And here is the recipe:

Anna's Pumpkin and Apple Soup.

- Half a large or one whole small pumpkin (ours was a large one left over from Halloween that had lasted till now. Unbelieveable) de-seeded, peeled and chopped into 1cm pieces.

- One white onion finely chopped

- Twelve cardamon pods

- Two teaspoons of ground cumin

- Two teaspoons of corriander

- Two teaspoons of cayenne pepper

- Two pieces of garlic finely chopped

- Two litres of vegetable stock

- One cooking apple cored, peeled and finely grated

- Salt and pepper

1. Heat a teaspoon of butter in a pan and add the cardamon pods and cook until the fizzle. Remove from the heat and crush, discarding the pods and keeping the seeds.

2. Add a bit more butter and add the onions. Cook for a minute or so and then add the garlic, cardamon seeds, cayenne, cumin and coriander and cook for eight to ten minutes on a low heat.

3. Add the pumpkin and give it a stir. Then add the vegetable stock and cook, with the lid on, on a medium heat for twenty or so minutes or till the pumpkin is cooked and soft.

4. Blend the pumpkin with a hand blender and then stir in the grated apple. Season to taste. Then eat. yum.

All i need now is a big bowl and a slab of bread and butter.

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