Friday, October 31, 2008

Jack O' Latern or a Creamy Bowl of Soup?

http://www.oldboundaryhotel.com.au/Images/Temp%20Food/images424503_pumpkin-soup.jpg

Apparently, it's not just for pie anymore; in Australia everyone eats pumpkin. Roasted pumpkin and pumpkin soup are very popular and are served everywhere in Kangarooland. I don't remember seeing this in Europe, but who knows. Just wanted to let everyone know, cause I know y'all like to be informed.

Personally, I would eat it if necessary, but not just for fun.



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20 comments:

Geraldo Maia said...

Hello Florida Girl,
It is a great pleasure to visit your nice and interesting blog for the first time.
Best wishes from Brazil:
Geraldo

Duck said...

I made spicy pumpkin soup for my Halloween party. I poured it out of the blender and into the soup toureen and realized a). there was only about 2 cups worth even though the recipe said 8 and b). it was bland as all get-out.

After re-reading the recipe I finally realized I forgot to put the soup broth in.

Doh!

Tim said...

Pumpkin sou! Wish I would have thought of it. You don't see anything like that in Canada. Just pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin cheesecake and of course, pumpkin pie.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Geraldo- Thanks for stopping by!

Duck- I hate when I do stuff like that (it happens pretty often around here).

Tim- And eating pumpkin in Australia is not seasonal-- they eat it all year.

Corrina said...

I can't imagine eating pumpkin soup. Have you ever tried it? Is it good? Yipes.

traceyleigh said...

I didn't realise American's didn't really eat pumpkin like we do. Love the stuff. I make a great curried soup that uses lots of pumpkin and roasted pumpkin and asparagus risotto...mmmmmmmm. I use it a lot. My favourite is roasted pumpkin. It takes on an entirely different taste. Tara hates the stuff though. And isn't it funny, that I find the whole concept of eating pumpkin pie just way too weird. I should try it one of these days though.

A Free Man said...

A good pumpkin soup can be divine. If you ever make it over to Dadelaide, I'll cook you up a batch.

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Corrina- I haven't tried it yet, but now I'm feeling really motivated to do it. I think I'm going to make some?

Traceyleigh- It would be very rare to see pumpkin anything in the U.S. except for people roasting the seeds. I am not actually a pie person-- except for sweet potato pecan pie, which I live for, but I don't like pumpkin pie. But after all this pumpkin talk today I'm feeling the pumpkin soup and I'm going to get me some!
Recipe suggestions?

Free Man-
Totally, thanks!

Tors said...

Crikey, get thee some pumpkin soup already! When made correctly, it's divine. :)

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Tors- I am making it this week for sure. I've had enough of all this wondering about it!

O'Neal (The woman in charge around here) said...

Kangaroo Land? You are adorable! So is your Spiderman, and the not Spiderman is too!

I have never seen pumpkin soup before, but would like to try it! Is it sweet naturally or do they make it salty /hot? I think the last combo sounds tasty! I'm going to go eat my dinner now ;).

Also secretly glad we didn't already carve the pumpkins this year!

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Oneal- I'm so making some, wanna come over?

CheekyOne said...

The first time I visited Melbourne,I saw pumpkin soup on the menu and thought ewwwww.I still havn't tried it.How did yours turn out?

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Cheeky One- I haven't made it yet, but I'll keep you posted-- I need to get a recipe.

Gypsy said...

I had pumpkin-flavored something the other day, but I can't remember what it was.

Oh wait! Now I do. It was beer. figures I'd forget.

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Bluestreak said...

I like pumpkin everything. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin coffee. Ok, I´m just romanticizing pumpkin stuff cause you don´t really see anything like that over here.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog through link surfing.

A great recipe for pumpkin soup is: saute a chopped onion (half an american onion, a full Australian one), with a teaspoon of chopped ginger. Then add a chopped butternut pumpkin (or queensland blue, but you might lose a finger and the flavour's not as good) and just enough stock to cover. Simmer until the pumpkin's cooked, then transfer the solids to a blender and puree until smooth. Add a tin of coconut milk and enough of the cooking fluid to make it the consistency you want and voila! The basic version leaves out the ginger and the coconut milk.

The only bland pumpkin is the American carving or sugar pumpkin. They are not for eating!!!!! (ask me how I know)

Cassandra said...

Pumpkin... yum... can't eat enough of the stuff...

Roast Pumpkin & feta & pine nuts = best salad ever

Florida Girl In Sydney said...

Bluestreak- this is the most tardy response EVER. Hi over there. Mi pluma esta in la clase. Vamanos chica. And other random stuff in spanish.

Anonymous- Well I don't know who you are but I still haven't made that soup and it sounds amazing and it's winter-- I think I'm going to do it tomorrow YAY!

Cassandra- YUM totally, love that salad and get it all the time.