Pumpkin Soup

I love pumpkins and now that they are in season, I get them as often as I can. I saw this recipe and had to try it out. Turned out really good.

Slightly adjusted version of the original recipe from Caveman and A Modern Woman blog

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:
1 large onion

6 cloves of garlic

6 medium-sized carrots

1 pumpkin. Any pumpkin or squash will be fine

1 tsp Chili flakes

1 L chicken or veg stock

dried coriander

cumin

paprika

black pepper

Cooking Method:

Chop the onion and garlic and lightly sauté in olive oil. Cut the lid of the pumpkin off and ‘Dig’ the flesh out with a spoon/knife combo.
Discard the seeds and stringy part and reserve the ‘bowl’ for serving if desired.

Add the pumpkin flesh and chopped carrots to the onion and garlic and spices.

Allow to brown for a few mins before adding the stock. Simmer for 20 – 30 mins stirring occasionally then blend the soup in a processor until its smooth.

Serve in the reserved pumpkin bowl with a splash full fat milk or cream in the middle to add that velvety texture.

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Charred Pepper Salad

Charring peppers over an open flame or in the oven was something I had never thought of until I saw my mother in law do it.  Such an easy and healthy way to cook.  Many dinners I have had in Morocco have included this typical charred green pepper salad.

Filfa Mataysha– (Pepper and tomato in Moroccan Arabic)

2 green peppers (long thin works best) or 1 green bell pepper

1 tomato

parsley

olive oil, salt, vinegar

Char peppers and tomato over open flame, burner, or in the oven. When the skin is all black place in a plastic bag for a few minutes to steam and making it easier to remove the skin. Clean the tomato and pepper chop small. Chop parsley very fine. Combine with olive oil, salt, and a little bit of vinegar.

Variations:

I always add olive oil, vinegar and salt. Parsley is what they normally use in Morocco but cilantro is really good too.

Red bell pepper, tomato,

Red bell pepper, green pepper

Red bell pepper, green pepper, tomato

I like adding charred peppers to regular green salads as well.

Here is the red pepper and tomato version.