Have you already done any Halloween carving? I sure have! I haven’t made a Halloween pumpkin though, but I rather cooked a soup. A real autumnal pumpkin soup! It is very easy to make and I don’t believe anyone can find an excuse, especially if you have such beautiful pumpkins already at home. It is gluten-free and vegan, thus perfect if you have guests over lunch and you don’t know their preferences (or you can make it just for yourself). The recipe has two steps, the first one takes place in the oven, while the second one is done in a pot. You will see, both the smell and the taste are highly rewarding.
1 medium hokkaido pumpkin ♥ 3 medium sized onions ♥ salt, pepper
1/2 apple ♥ 1 cm fresh ginger (optionally) ♥ 2 l water (or more)
First, wash the whole pumpkin − you never know where it was stored. Then, carve into half, scoop out all the seeds and cut again into 4 or 5 pieces. Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and put the pumpkin pieces on the tray. Peel the onions and add them to the baking tray. Add a bit of salt and pepper. Put in preheated oven on 200 °C for one hour…
until it looks something like this!
When you take the tray out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes, otherwise it will be difficult to skin off the pumpkin. This part is the longest and a bit messy, but it is so worth it! Anyway, it is much easier than peeling the skin before you put it in the oven. Then put everything into a pot and add 1/2 of a sliced apple and some fresh ginger if you want to make it more spicy. Add water and bring to the boil. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and then blend thoroughly. Cook for another 10 minutes and the soup is done!
Serve warm and add some pumpkin seeds and/or pumpkin oil. I added both ;) If you’re a bit more creative, you can create wonderful bats or other Halloween symbols, unfortunately I only managed to “draw” a pumpkin that actually looks like an apple :D
I hope you’ll have fun on Friday! I’ll be rocking in my PJs, possibly with a cup of hot wine… The best way of partying, if you ask me ;) Have a nice weekend ♥