There are only 10 days remaining of our beloved October which in recent years has become almost as anticipated as Christmas…almost.
Orange-mania reveals itself in a myriad of ways; drifting through an endless carpet of fiery-hued, burnt leaves as we make our way to Starbucks, pepping ourselves up with an obligatory Pumpkin Spice latte. Where to next? The market of course, because what if there’s no more actual pumpkins left to carve?!
Well, the last point doesn’t really apply. We bought our little potiron about 2 weeks ago at the market and have only just got round to cutting, carving, scooping and souping. Let’s be honest, as much fun as it is to express our sadistic artistic skills on these little guys, it still takes a lot of time and effort. But in the end it’s all worth it when this…
…transforms into this!
And then this!
After The Boy scooped out all the fleshy insides, he chopped it up along with one and a half carrots, two medium-size potatoes and two onions. We left it all to boil in a pan of water (just over a litre), infused with a bouillon (stock cube) and bay leaves. Once all the veggies became soft enough, it was left to cool for about 30m and then placed in the blender with some seasoning and crème fraiche. Optional spices: cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg. One thing we forgot to add was a garnish of chopped hazelnuts for added texture but will be incorporating that tonight as there’s plenty of left-overs.