I know it's not October. And since the weather is either wet or dry here, every day I get to choose what season I am living in.
Today it felt like fall so I made Pumpkin Soup.
I found a pumpkin at the market last week. Actually, I wasn't quite sure what it was so I pointed and attempted to ask "what is that?" (in Tongan of course), to which she responded "Hina!" (Which I know translates to pumpkin).
So I paid her the 4 Pa'anga ($2.50 USD) she asked for and skipped all the way home. (Ok, maybe I didn't skip, but I sure felt like it. There are so many uses for pumpkin!)
I found a recipe in our Peace Corps Cookbook so I decided to give it a go. I also saved and roasted the seeds. Perfect snack! Here's the recipe. It was amazing and something that can be totally reproduced in the comfort of your own kitchen. Enjoy!
- 2 cups of Pumpkin (cooked)
- 2 T butter
- 2 T onion, chopped
- 1/2 t ginger
- 1 T flour
- 2 cups chicken stock/broth
- 2 cups of milk
1. Saute butter, onion and ginger.
2. Stir in flour.
3. Cook until brown and then add the pumpkin.
4. Cook for 5 minutes. Then gradually add the chicken stock and milk.
5. Simmer 5 minutes more and then add salt (to taste).
6. Enjoy. :) (I put mine over rice ... I bet it would be super yummy over wild rice, too).