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American Pumpkin Soup
When the nights get colder and your family arrive home damp and shivering what better food to put before them than a steaming bowl of pumkin soup.
This is a firm favourite in Florida; particularly when they are thinking of ways to use up their rich glut of this golden vegetable. INGREDIENTS
2 large onions (not red onions)
2 pounds of pumpkin
One and a half pints of chicken stock
4 ounces of double cream
Freshly ground Black or rainbow pepper
Peel pumkin and remove seeds and stringy bit round the centre. Chop into rough cubes.
Fry your onion in a little olive oil til tender
Put all your ingredients including onion into a largish sauce pan and simmer til the pumpkin is tender.
Put through a mouli or sieve or if you have one a blender. Adjust the seasoning. Serve piping hot with Croutons and a swirl of sour cream or yogurt.
This makes enough velvety soup for a hungry family.
To make croutons simply cut small squares of bread (my choice would be a seeded loaf)and fry in a little olive oil til golden. Alternatively rub your bread cubes with garlic, brush with olive oil and bake in a hot oven til crisp. If you are dieting, you can at a push, spray your bread with the slimming oil and grill til golden.
This recipe is a basic one and of course you can vary it:
Top with crisply fried streaky bacon
Add a cut up large potato to give some bulk and thickness to the soup.
Top with chopped fresh herbs; parsley, coriander, chives etc.
Add curry powder (to taste) for an extra kick.
Top with roasted sweetcorn.
Use milk instead of cream if you are slimming.
Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock if you are a vegetarian. Home made is best, if not try some ready made from the supermarket or the brand called Maggi
A crushed clove of garlic is nice; particularly if you can get the smoked variety.
I add a chopped up stalk of celery to most soups, fry this along with the onion.
Top with a shimmer of paprika.
Add some dried mixed herbs.
Add brocolli for its goodness and flavour and colour.
Top with thin strips of parma ham.
Top with smoked salmon (you can often buy off cuts at the deli counter which are perfectly good for this use.
Top with a little scrambled eggd that has had chopped chives stirred in.
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