This is my favourite time of year. This autumn has been one of the most splendid. Not only are the colours glorious, but the weather has been relatively mild, with touches of welcome crispness in the air. So much so that I have been looking for excuses to be outside. Have even skipped the gym for a long walk.
I love everything pumpkin. Not sure why, but I do. Perhaps it’s the bright orange colour, or its silky smooth exterior. It’s no secret that on their own, they can be somewhat bland, but with a little help, they shine. So maybe it’s because as far as vegetables are concerned, it’s about as fall as you can get.
Whatever the reason, every year at this time, I anticipate the arrival of local pumpkins, not just the Halloween pumpkins, but the ever coveted pie pumpkins. I buy them in threes and then worry about how I will incorporate them into my meal plans.
There are no shortages of applications. I make two different types of pumpkin soups, scones, muffins, pies, cupcakes, roti, and many other savoury dishes. The challenge is picking which 3 or 4 to make. Three pumpkins only take you so far and when they are gone, they are gone.
Still working on perfecting my pumpkin scone recipe, but my pumpkin orange soup is just right. It’s everything that a pumpkin soup should be: velvety, but not thick, with just a hint of sweetness. The sweet potato, freshly squeezed orange juice and pumpkin spice though not prominent are present and do the job. They bring out the best of the pumpkin, help define it, and illuminate it. Ohhhh pumpkin and orange; there is no better pairing.
Corissa, this one’s for you.
Enjoy the soup as you revel in the fall rhapsody. Happy autumn everyone.
|Olive oil||3 tbsp|
|Pie pumpkin, peeled, chopped roughly||1|
|Onion, red, medium, chopped roughly||1|
|Garlic, cloves, whole||3|
|Sweet potato, small, chopped roughly||1|
| Black pepper
|Pumpkin spice||1/4 tsp|
|Orange juice, freshly squeezed||1/2 cup|
|Orange liquor||2 tbsp|
|Cream, light||1 cup|
|Pumpkin seeds||for garnishing|
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine pumpkin, onion, garlic, and sweet potato with 3 tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for approximately 45 minutes until pumpkin is caramelized.
- Place all roasted ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
- In a medium pot, heat butter.
- Add processed pumpkin mixture.
- Add broth and mix well. Bring to a boil.
- Add salt, black pepper, and pumpkin spice.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add orange juice and orange liquor. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add cream and simmer for 2 minutes until heated through.
- Garnish with pumpkin seeds.