Pumpkin Soup

Mild and delicate, yet filling and soul warming! Really easy to make and great for those cold, dark evenings! If hosting a meal it is beautiful presenting the soup in the carved out pumpkin!

Will serve a family of 4/5 depending on appetite!

800g pumpkin (I used the meat of 2 small pumpkins)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small onions
2 carrots
2 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
2-3 sprigs of thyme
900ml chicken stock (vegetable also fine)
Salt and Pepper to taste
100ml cream (optional)
  • Heat olive oil in a big pot
  • Roughly chop carrots, onion and garlic and saute briefly
  • Carve out your pumpkin and roughly chop the flesh (save seeds and pumpkin – see other recipes!)
  • Add the pumpkin flesh to the pot
  • Prepare your broth by pouring boiling water onto stock cubes (usually 450ml per cube) and add to the pot
  • Add the bay leaf and thyme (only leaves not the sticks)
  • Let the soup simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

I like to serve this soup clear with chunks of pumpking and carrot. If you prefer it with cream, add this right before serving and puree the soup. It is pretty to drizzle some cream into the bowl and scatter with pumpkin seeds.

Serve with a crunchy piece of baguette with cheese quickly heated under the grill.

Autumn Creeping In

I know the weather is signalling BBQ’s, paddling pools, beach and summer but I cannot help but relish the subtle signs of Autumn creeping in! I adore this change in season with all that it brings to the table.

The end of Summer and beginning of Autumn, for me, is all about colour. Everywhere you look it’s magic for the senses.

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