Monday, September 30, 2013

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

I've always wondered why pumpkins were associated with Halloween. Anyways, I was out shopping for my weekly vegetables and fruits today. Summer has passed and sadly so have the good peaches, nectarines, red tomatoes, and zucchini. Instead, I came across a display counter full of different varieties of squash. I touched a piece of pumpkin, then checked the calendar on my mobile - Sept. 30, exactly a month away from Halloween (October 31). That's when something in my head clicked. Just one of those ah-ha moments!

So, Squash is the vegetable of the Autumn season. You have pumpkins, butternut squash, and a whole lot that I couldn't possible be able to name. Like most vegetables, we love squash in our family. But the way we prepare it is very limited. There's about 2-3 dishes I prepare with squash, so it wouldn't hurt to try and experiment with other stuff. I remember one of my Filipino aunts once made me a squash dish with coconut cream and "buwad" - Filipino dried fish - and it was amazing! In the meantime, let me share with you the way I usually prepare squash, which is in a Creamy Pumpkin Soup. It's really simple to make and it's great on cold days!

I purchased a already sliced quarter of a pumpkin. Remove the skin and cut in big cubes.

When making soups, I like to add a second vegetable to my main vegetable to complement it. It's usually potatoes for me. Peel and cut in cubes.

In a deep pan, transfer the squash and potato cubes. Cover with water and add rock salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil.

When it comes to a boil, lower down the heat and let it cook until the vegetables are completely cooked through.

Remove from heat. Now is the time to take out your handheld food processor. You can also use a blender, if you have. If you think there is too much water, transfer to a glass / bowl. Pass the vegetables with your handheld food processor until there are no more cubes of vegetables left in the bottom of the pan.
Add water if needed.
You can add the cream in at this point or simply in the individual bowls right before eating.
Season again with salt and black pepper if needed.
Heat again for 5-8 minutes if you like.
Serve hot and enjoy!

Dinner is served: Creamy Pumpkin Soup


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