Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pumpkin Soup and the Folsom Street Fair

The overcast weather today was a great excuse to laze around inside all day. Happily, this resulted in a lot of movie watching and cooking. By around noon the melodious thumping of house music finally lured Nic and I outside to check out the Folsom Street Fair...

As expected we saw a lot of exhibitionists, leather and more handle bar mustaches than a Hell's Angels' convention. There were several "Free Spanking" booths that I tried not to gawk at too much and of course, my personal favorite, the "Petting Zoo"...

It was a hoot but after about 20 minutes we had seen enough for the year! We didn't want to try to brave the crowd again to go get lunch so I decided to try making a savory pumpkin soup with almost a full can of pumpkin I had leftover from pumpkin waffles. It turned out to be delicious! I used a little leftover coconut milk and curry paste from the other night's curry stir fry which definitely helped to create a rich and easy flavor. We ate it with lots of salty crackers and it made for a delicious fall lunch.

Here's the simple and healthy recipe!

Simple Pumpkin Soup - Makes 2 big bowls
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion chopped up (about a cup)
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 15 oz can of 100% pumpkin
- 1 1/4 cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup fat free milk
- 2 teaspoons red curry paste
- 2 tablespoons light coconut milk
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped Scallions - Optional garnish

-Put a large pot over medium high heat and pour in olive oil
-Add onions and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes or until onions are getting pretty soft
-Add the pumpkin and chicken broth and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
-Add the Red curry paste and coconut milk and regular milk. Stir well and turn down heat to medium low.
-Let cook uncovered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Turn heat to lowest setting and partially cover the pot with a lid - let simmer for 15 more minutes.
-Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve
-Sprinkle some chopped scallions on top for garnish!

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