25 July 2011

A Winter Wamer...

Everyone loves pumpkin soup....

Well, I'm yet to come by someone who would turn their nose up at it...

So here is my version of the old time classic.
Pumpkin Soup with Cauliflower Puree & Salty Pepitas

1 Medium Jap Pumpkin
1 Knob garlic
2 Small brown onions, peeled & halved
1 Chicken stock cube
1/2 Cauliflower
100g Butter
Salt & Pepper

Peel the pumpkin & then chop it all up, make sure you save the seeds cause they come into play later. Pop it in a roasting tray along with the garlic (unpeeled) & onions & bake in a moderate oven until the pumpkin is soft. In a separate dish pop in the pumpkin seeds & a good hit of salt & leave in the oven until they are crispy (this will prob be a little longer than the pumpkin). Pop the pumpkin in a big pot along with the cooked onion & crumbled stock cube. Squash the garlic out into the pot & fill the pot up with enough water to just cover all the bits in there. 
Simmer for about 15 mins until the pumpkin starts to disintegrate & then process to get a nice smooth soup.
Chop the cauliflower up into small pieces & cook in the microwave until soft. Whiz it to form a smooth paste, add in the butter & salt to taste.

To plate it up, pop some soup in bowl then drop some cauliflower puree in the middle then sprinkle some crispy seeds (pepitas) on top...then Enjoy!