Pumpkin Soup

Friday, May 07, 2010

food painting for the vegetarian cookbook by Fiona Morgan
Easy. Homely. Liquid. Gold.


Food painting artwork

30x30cm oil on canvas. For this one I decided to experiment with dramatic lighting, soft focus, a limited palette that might have been used by the Old Masters and show off just a tiny selection of the many tasty pumpkin varieties out there to try, including my personal favourite, the Queensland Blue which has a grey/blue skin.

By the way, all the food painting artwork is available to own in the Official Art Store.


The meatless meals recipe

Once upon a time I worked in a cafe. Actually, I've worked in a lot of cafes, restaurants and bars in my time. Flexible hours and free food. Suited me at the time. Anyway, this recipe (reduced from industrial to domestic quantities and tweaked to remove an enormous quantity of cream) is from one of the cafes that I once worked in. If I could remember which one out of the gazillion it was, I'd mention it. Anyway, this soup pretty much stayed on the menu all year round, in amongst an otherwise shifting selection. It's a delicious autumnal soup. An easy and yummy way to use up some of the kilos of excess pumpkin around at this time of year.


1 tablespoon oil or butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large or 2 small tomatoes
1 large garlic clove, partly crushed
6 cups/1.5 L vegetable stock
1 butternut pumpkin (800-900g), seeded and chopped into inch sized pieces.
half a cup/100g red lentils
2 generous teaspoons of honey
1 cup milk or soy milk
2 tablespoons cornflour
salt to taste

Saute onion in oil or butter until soft.
Add chopped tomato, stock and garlic. Bring to the boil.
Add honey, lentils and the pumpkin. Did you know you can leave the skin on? It tastes just like, well, pumpkin. And the seeds can be saved and dried for snacks.
Lower to a simmer and cook for 1 to 1.5 hours.
Puree or mash.
Mix cornflour and milk and add to the soup. Stir until thickened. Do not boil.
Salt to taste.

Makes 6 bowls.


More vegetarian cookbook goodies

Need help with conversions? Download this handy dandy pdf of cooking conversion charts for every cooking measuring system I could find. It should make your life easier.

Want to check out more vegetarian dinner recipes? They're all in the Table of Contents.

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