Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~Blue Skies and Pumpkin Soup

Not much new photo material this week, but there were some beautiful skies (plenty of rain too!) I'm joining in on Mosaic Monday this week. Check out the other entries HERE.

Between my little Halloween squash man and my bi-weekly veggie box, I was kind of pumpkin squashed to the max at my house. I didn't want them to go to waste so I made a pot of soup that I will freeze and save for weekday lunches. This one had a little spicy Thai twist that I really liked.

Thai Pumpkin Soup


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small pumpkin, skinned and chopped into 1-inch chunks
2 1/4 cups water
1 2/3 cups canned coconut cream (I used light and cut back the water to 1 2/3 cups
1 tablespoon hot sweet Thai chili sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass, finely chopped* (I used lemon rind)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
freshly ground pepper & salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (optional)
chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish

In a large pot, heat oil and gently cook onion with brown sugar and
garlic over low heat until softened (8-10 minutes).
Add chopped pumpkin, water, coconut cream, chili, lemongrass or rind
and fish sauce.
Season with freshly ground pepper and salt.
Simmer for about 25 minutes until tender.
Remove and puree until smooth.
Just before serving, adjust seasoning to taste.
Mix in chopped cilantro.

*The same amount of grated lemon peel can be substituted.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow that soup really does sound different, looks great in the pumpkin too:@)

Dishesdone said...

Soup looks great, Suzy, very pretty in the squash bowl! We are having a perfect day for soup today. Cold and rainy, so I'm happy to see such beautiful blue skies in your mosaic!

Marsha said...

Your blue skies mosaic is beautiful.

Your pumpkin soup looks great in the squash serving bowl - so pretty for entertaining. I've never seen a pumpkin soup with the thai influence before either.

Snap said...

Loved the sky mosaic and all the wispy clouds. We have a Thai restaurant close to the house and we love it. Thanks for the soup recipe. It looks yummy and I'll use it!

Mimi said...

Beautiful collage of clouds, Suzy.
The Thai Pumkin Soup looks and sounds delicious...I would be the only one eating it, if I made it, though. :(

Why I garden... said...

Soup looks very impressive indeed! I enjoy your blog!

Kathleen said...

Beutiful mosaic, and the soup looks so pretty too!

Mary said...

What beautiful skies! And the soup sounds delicious -- I love anything pumpkin! :) Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Mary said...

What a lovely soup, Suzy. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

mangocheeks said...

The soup sounds wonderful as wel as comforting.

Debbie said...

Thai soup sounds great! Great way to enjoy it in the squash bowl. We are having lovely blue skies this week! Creative mosaic!

Vittle me this... said...

love the pumpkin! I might have to use this for thanksgiving!

Thibeault's Table said...

Suzy, I've seen so many pumpkin and squash soups over the last month and I've been waiting for one to "speak to me". I think I hear yours calling my name. It is the Thai twist that I find really appealing. Also , I love the picture.


Cindy said...

Suzy, is that a buttercup squash? Greg posted one on GB and they look similar.

Love just about anything Thai!

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