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Recipe: Pumpkin Soup

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Project by Radicalfarmergal posted 12-20-2009 11:02 PM 2126 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We planted sugar pumpkins this year. My sons and I had read a book about how some Native Americans planted corn, pumpkins and beans together, calling them the three sisters. The shade of the pumpkin leaves helps to block weeds and retain moisture in the ground around the corn and the beans grow up the corn stalks. We decided to experiment with this method and planted the three plants together. The experiment turned out great for the corn, which grew to enormous size and offered a very abundant harvest, but the pumpkin vines under the corn grew very slowly and developed powdery mildew.

When the pumpkin vines finally managed to escape to sunnier areas away from the corn, such as between the cabbage and basil plants and up and around the compost pile, they started growing rapidly and produced pumpkins like crazy. At least in New England, pumpkins appear to like full sun. Despite their slow start, we harvested over a dozen sugar pumpkins this year. Some were still mostly green when the first frost came and killed the vines, but we kept the pumpkins on a sunny, grassy slope and turned them regularly until they were all deep orange.

We just finished the last of our pumpkins, enjoying baked seeds, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, brownies and finally soup. As the weather turns colder and the wood stove heats the house, I also use the wood stove for cooking. Using a cast-iron Dutch oven, I made pumpkin soup for the first time. My DH and I thought it was really delicious (I won’t repeat my youngest son’s opinion) and very warming on these cold wintry days. I marvel that even though we are at the winter solstice, we are still able to enjoy food we have grown ourselves. Here is a rough estimate of what goes into my pumpkin soup:

Pumpkin and Barley Soup

Ingredients:

The interior flesh of two small sugar pumpkins, baked ahead of time until fork tender
Olive oil
1 small onion
2 medium carrots (Ours were freshly harvested from our garden!)
2 celery stalks
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup barley
salt and pepper to taste.

Preparation:

Put olive oil in a Dutch oven over a medium high heat and when it is hot, add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, cinnamon and ginger and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring, until the mixture is lightly caramelized.

Add the barley, potato, chicken broth, and pumpkin and bring the mixture to a boil.

Turn it down to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the vegetables and barley finish cooking. Season with salt and pepper and serve with fresh baked bread.

To all in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you have a wonderful winter solstice. As a gardener, I love to celebrate the winter solstice because I know the days will gradually become longer and eventually the weather will become conducive to outdoor gardening once again.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout



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jroot

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posted 12-20-2009 11:52 PM

Sounds good, Robin. I just happen to have a pie pumpkin sitting on my kitchen counter wondering what is is going to be. You came to the rescue.

Have a great Christmas.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 12-21-2009 02:57 AM

Jroot, I hope you and your wife have a wonderful Christmas too.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Rog

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posted 12-21-2009 05:00 AM

Robin great plan you had with the vegies. As far as the pumkins I making 8 pumkin log rolls for christmas…My buddies can’t get enought of them…...Heres the receipe

3 eggs beaten 5 minutes, Mix in 1 cup sugar then add 2/3 cup pumkin, 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking power, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp ginger. Grease and flour a 15”x10” baking pan bottom and sides. Pour into pan and bake for 15 minutes middle rack @ 375 degrees. Cool in pan completely. Put powdered sugar on tea towel, lay cake onto towel, roll up and put into frig.

Filling 3 cups powered sugar, 3 8oz cream cheese,12 tbsp margarine, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Mix in bowl untill smooth. Now roll out cooled cake roll and spread filling over it. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and roll backup. Wrap with was paper, then foil. Keep frozen untill ready to serve. Makes 4 rolls. Some like to nuke there slices to melt the filling and some just like it frozen.. Enjoy and have a great Christmas…...Rog

-- Listen quitely and nature will tell you what to do..Open your eyes widely and you will be amazed..

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 12-21-2009 03:28 PM

Rog, thanks for another great pumpkin recipe! Your pumpkin roll sounds delicious, not too difficult and I have enough cooked pumpkin left over in the refrigerator. I think I will try it! I will probably substitute some home made chevre for the the cream cheese and perhaps heartnuts instead of walnuts in the filling to make use of things we grew or made ourselves. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas too – Robin

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Bon

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posted 12-21-2009 05:32 PM

What a great way to use up your pumpkins Robin.I sure have enjoyed following your blogs on alll that you grew this year.What wonderful memories for the kids.And of course for you and DH.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MsDebbieP

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posted 12-21-2009 06:28 PM

delicious recipes!

I only got a few pumpkins this year .. never thought to try rotating them at the end of the season to save the last few.
next year!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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posted 12-21-2009 08:06 PM

Robin, I liked your experiment with three sisters. With good sunshine the pumkins have shown good results. You have posted very nice photographs and your recipe looks good. We have very different recipies from pumkins which I will post if I find suitable to your tastes.
Wish you all merry christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 12-21-2009 09:11 PM

Sharad, I am interested to learn any favorite pumpkin recipes you have. Please post your pumpkin recipes when you have a chance because I plan to plant (and eat!) even more pumpkins next year. Merry Christmas to you and may 2010 be a wonderful year for you.

Thank you Bon, for helping to make GT such a friendly, welcoming place to share gardening experiences. I am off to engage in a snowball fight against the boys before the sun goes down and it starts to get too cold. Merry Christmas and may your gardens be lush and prolific next year!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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GardeningGoddess

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posted 12-22-2009 07:08 PM

You guys are amazing!! Pumpkin Soup, and Pumpkin Log Rolls. I am going to make them both. I will post how they come out for me. Anyone have any good “black eyed peas” or other traditional recipes for New Year’s Day? Thanks, and may everyone have a Happy, Safe, Wonderful Holiday Season.

-- GardeningGoddes

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 12-28-2009 02:30 AM

GardeningGoddess, how did your recipes turn out? Sorry, I don’t have any black eyed peas recipes for New Years. We will probably make pizza or tacos, simple food the children enjoy.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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