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Butter Pumpkin Soup

My in-laws are out-of-town, leaving behind Delsea the cute miniature schnauzer in our care. Our plan is to leave Delsea in the nearby pet hotel and take her home on weekends. Look at her lying lazily in the backseat of the car, ain’t she cute?

Sometimes i really wish weekends can be much longer for us to do all the things we love…..

We love to make soup, taste soup and improvise…

Tada! Our pumpkin addiction is back! There’s just so much you can do with this marvellous ingredient. Ever since we started roasting pumpkin instead of boiling it, the pumpkin soups really taste much more aromatic. It almost feel like you are trying to master a sport like tennis. You can’t do the serve no matter how the coach teaches you. Roasting pumpkin is like having the sudden realisation of how to serve the tennis ball. You feel the rhythm and start to understand the ball dynamics. It’s like bringing the game to the next level.

I guess this goes the same with a lot of things we are doing our best to achieve. Often, we get stuck without having real progress for an extended period of time but with perseverance, we can often achieve a breakthrough. Now there may be many different levels of mastery to achieve, it is important to keep up the spirits and recognise each milestone that we have achieved.

This time round, we explored a new method of getting pumpkin puree. Instead of removing the pumpkin skin before we roast it, we decided to cut the pumpkin in half and roast it in the oven. Now this really makes extracting the pumpkin puree a much easier task!

We added half a block of butter to the pumpkin soup.

It tastes so good…. you can almost feel the butter melting in your mouth! Butter combines really well with a large variety of soups.

Ingredients: Butter, roasted pumpkin, garlic, thyme, salt, milk, flour, olive oil.

Butter definitely adds a dense flavour to the soup. Pumpkin soup by itself has a very sweet and smooth taste. Adding butter creates a deeper texture to it without masking the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Pumpkin-based, Recipes

 

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Pumpkin Overload Soup

This is definitely one of our best pumpkin recipe to-date!

You might not be able to feel the difference if you are just comparing the pictures of the various pumpkin soups that we’ve made over the past few months. But one sip of this soup and you will understand why we decide to name this as Pumpkin Overload.

It was Bly’s brilliant idea of sauteing the sliced pumpkins in olive oil instead of boiling to soften them this time round. What a difference it made to the overall taste by this simple move. The whole purpose of this is to retain the rich flavour of the pumpkins instead of allowing it to lose its flavour in the boil.

Ingredients: sautéed pumpkins, chilli padi, onions, garlics, milk, olive oil.

See the little red dots in the soup? They add a sparkle to the sea of golden yellow. As you can see from the picture,  we’ve also deliberately made the soup with a thick texture this time round.

Besides colour, the 2 chilli padi also added a powerful kick to spice up this soup on top of the natural sweetness of the sautéed pumpkins.

This soup tastes exceptionally good when it’s piping hot and spicy. The entire experience starts to dampen a bit when the soup cools down in our nice little Franc Franc bowls. I guess the next thing we will shop for are thermal bowls to keep our soups extra hot! Otherwise, we have a tendency to rush through our soup. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Pumpkin-based, Recipes

 

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Curried Apple Pumpkin Soup

Today we tried a modified version of Apple Pumpkin soup by adding curry powder to it. Curry is simply Hoe’s favourite! Curry chicken, curry fish, curry katsu don and curry noodles count as some of Hoe’s irresistible cravings. Most recently, we found out that curry powder can also be added to Western soups which brings out a refreshing change to how curry is usually presented in dishes. Of course, you got to use it sparingly or it will just overwhelm your kitchen creations.

Ingredients: Curry powder, apple, pumpkin, onion, garlic, carrot, salt, pepper, ginger

This is the star of today’s creation. Simple and easy to manage, curry powder is a versatile spice to play around with your dishes. Adds a bit of spiciness to your dishes and you will find that just a small addition of it will strongly change the flavour and presentation of your whole dish.

 
 

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Apple Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soups are our latest infatuation and we just like to try out different variations to find out what’s the best combination. This time round, we used roasted pumpkins instead of boiling them to give the soup a slightly charred feel to it.

We like the sweet, soft taste of pumpkin. We made a more watery version this time round instead of the thick, creamy pumpkin soups at Cedele and Soup Spoon. It’s all a matter of personal taste but somehow the soup feels smoother and sweeter when it’s less thick and creamy.

Ingredients: Roasted Apple, roasted pumpkin, cream, salt, pepper, thyme

Apple creates depth in this soup by adding a sour aftertaste to it.

Personally, i prefer our Golden Pumpkin soup where it’s all just sweeeet tasting pumpkin power.

 
 

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Gingered Pumpkin Soup

We hosted our folks at our house for lunch to celebrate Mother’s day. We thought our parents will definitely like the smooth, creamy feel of our pumpkin soup. Not wanting to repeat our previous pumpkin recipes, we added a “seniors-friendly” ingredient to make our soup outstanding.

Yes, it’s ginger.

Bly says this feels like a nice, cosy desert. The kind of hot desert served that will definitely warm your heart in winter and in rainy season.

Ingredients: Boiled pumpkin, ginger, thyme, salt, onion, garlic, milk.

We add only 2 small slices of young ginger to make this soup served for 8. Just a little bit to add that mild, tingling spicy taste to the soup.

 
 

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Golden Pumpkin Soup….

Our virgin entry also happens to be our favourite.

We have created various versions of pumpkin soup and today, we are going to introduce….Golden Pumpkin Soup!

Pumpkin is not easy to handle when raw. But once it’s boiled, it has a totally changed texture that’s soft and mushy. My task was always to make sure the pumpkin is peeled, boiled and blended to a smooth slush while Bly prepares the rest.

Trust me, this is definitely an excellent couple activity you can do in the comforts of your own home!

Ingredients: Butternut pumpkin, sweet potato, Hungary mushrooms, boiled chicken, garlic, onion, salt, thyme leaves.

Sweet potato really adds a tange of bitter sweetness and creates a silky texture.

NMA: No milk added.

 
 

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