Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Crown Prince or traditional carving pumpkin
  • 2 white onions
  • A knob of butter
  • 1.5 litres good quality vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp garam masala
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds to serve

Pumpkin & Garam Masala Soup

What says Autumn more than a bowl of piping warm roasted pumpkin soup. It is essentially a hug in a bowl. Something we are deserving of at the moment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Crown Prince or traditional carving pumpkin
  • 2 white onions
  • A knob of butter
  • 1.5 litres good quality vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp garam masala
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds to serve

Method:

  1. Use one half of a medium sized crown prince pumpkin. You can also use a traditional carving pumpkin. Leave the skin on, remove the seeds and cut into chunks. This helps the pumpkin keep it’s shape.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and roast in a pre-heated oven at 180c for 40 minutes
  3. Peel and finely dice the onions and fry in butter with the cumin seeds for at least 15 minutes on a low heat. Be careful not to burn the onions.
  4. Once the pumpkin has been roasted, remove the skin (you can then snack on it!) and add the pumpkin flesh to the onions.
  5. Add the vegetable or chicken stock and bring to the boil.
  6. Add the garam masala and cinnamon and leave everything to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes.
  7. Blitz until smooth and serve with a scatter of pumpkin seeds on top!

A farmers daughter from the south west coast of Scotland, Helen is a food writer who encourages parents and carers to get children gardening and cooking and educate the next generation about where their food comes from whilst championing Scottish farming. Not a trained chef, Helen is a good old fashioned home cook with a degree in history specialising in European feminism! She married a rugby player who unsurprisingly, despite being retired, still has a very healthy appetite and with three boys a lot of time is spent as a family in the kitchen cooking and making a mess.

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And sow it begins... 🌱 

Pumpkin patch prep has already begun! The first of our seeds arrived last week. Some familiar varieties here but lots of new ones to try too. 🎃 

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Signing off for a while...
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Day 5 of the new year and we’re in another lockdown. Not where any of us want to be (especially in the depths of winter in Scotland) and certainly the 5 of us are all feeling topsy turvy again. The prospect of virtual school and missing family, friends and ‘normal’ life dreadfully is hitting us all hard. 
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While these little squares have the ability to provide a whole heap of support and a link to the outside world, my relationship with my phone and social media has got a little bit out of whack over the last wee while. These little people need the best version of me to help them through the next few weeks so I’m going ‘cold turkey’ and stepping away for a wee while!
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So, stay safe and good luck. Above all, be kind to yourselves. The light is most definitely at the end of the tunnel, we just need to keep going. Sending love, Lx
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