A Special Pumpkin Soup

A soup for when winter goes on and on and on ….

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You can never have too many pumpkin soup recipes. They abound, to be sure. But, comforting and nourishing, they are frequently on the menu at our place. Also, they are perfect dinner items from Autumn through Winter and into Spring, which means they are very versatile. We always make a large pot, and then vary the soup each meal by adding chilli or pesto, tomato paste or milk/cream and adding different herbs – basil, parsley, coriander (cilantro).

This pumpkin soup has a tang to it with the addition of sweet sherry! An old ingredient indeed, but that does not mean that it doesn’t have the occasional place in the modern kitchen.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Similar recipes include French Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Soup with Red Peppers, and Pumpkin Cooked with Lashings of Butter.

You might like to browse other Pumpkin Soup recipes, and all of our Pumpkin recipes. Try other Soup recipes too. Or simply explore our easy Mid Winter recipes.

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Caramelised Sweet Potatoes

This is a delicious dish – it can be a side dish or, as I like to do, eat it as a mid afternoon snack! Pretty healthy (as much as butter and some sugar can be – everything in moderation, right?) and they are definitely delicious. You can make this same recipe with carrots or pumpkins such as Butternut or Jap.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for Sweet Potato recipes? Read about Sweet Potatoes here. And then try Roasted Sweet Potato and Fresh Figs, Creamy Baked Sweet Potato, British Potato and Sweet Potato VindalooSweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, and Sweet Potato Wedges.

You might also like Caramelised Roasted Pumpkin.

Have a look at our all of our Sweet Potato dishes here. Or check out our easy Mid Winter recipes.

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Soupe au Potiron | Our Family’s Favourite Cream of Pumpkin Soup

A French Soup so good that your friends will request the recipe

In the days when my kids were growing up, I really was famous for this soup. People would request it if they were coming over for a meal. I would keep copies of the recipe handy for people. We make it still today, and it is still just as good.

I love the way that the colour of this soup mirrors that of the falling autumn leaves at my house.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for Pumpkin Soups? Try these: Adzuki Bean, Barley and Pumpkin Soup, Italian Pumpkin Soup, Special Pumpkin Soup, and Pumpkin Soup with Red Peppers.

Or try some other Pumpkin recipes, like Pumpkin Couscous Salad, Caramelised Roast Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Cooked in a Covered BBQ.

Feel free to browse recipes from our Retro Recipes series – vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006. You might also like our Pumpkin recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Soup recipes here and here. Check out our easy Winter recipes here and here.

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Creamy Baked Sweet Potato and Gratineed Sweet Potato

Ottolenghi has a beautiful Sweet Potato Gratin in his book Ottolenghi. The dish is beautiful, the sweet potato soft, so tender. The success of the dish is the arrangement of a lot of sweet potatoes, overlapping, in a baking dish. What Ottolenghi doesn’t say in the recipe is that it works for just 1 sweet potato as well. Using a small amount of sweet potato means that it is not gratineed, but it is beautiful, tender with a crispy crust.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for Sweet Potato dishes? Read about Sweet Potatoes here. And then try Roasted Sweet Potato and Fresh Figs, Caramelised Sweet Potatoes, Potato and Sweet Potato Spicy Curry, and Sweet Potato Wedges with Creme Fraiche Dressing.

What about trying more Gratin dishes? Try Potato and Cheddar Gratin, Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini with Thyme, and Pomodori Gratinati – Tomatoes Gratineed with Cheese.

For all Sweet Potato recipes click here. Browse all of our Ottolenghi recipes, and all Baked recipes. Or find inspiration in our Late Autumn recipes.

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Sticky Balsamic Sweet Potatoes with Orange Bitters

Some of Ottolenghi’s dishes are no-brainers. Just tossing some herbs and easy ingredients with some roasted vegetable or carefully steamed grain. In these it is the combination of the ingredients that make exceptional dishes. But others take time, effort and care. While I prefer the first, the arrival of flavours in the various processes of the second can be a matter of awe.

This dish is definitely of the second variety. It is a great dish. The glaze of a reduced, sticky balsamic with orange juice and bitters caramelises as it roasts. The sweet potatoes are left sticky and delicious. Add to the equation the roasted garlic and the sage and thyme leaves and this is a dish to impress.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for Sweet Potato recipes? Try Roasted Sweet Potato and Fresh Figs, Madras Curry of Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Spinach, and Creamy Baked Sweet Potato.

All of our Sweet Potato recipes are here. Or browse our Ottolenghi recipes. Be inspired by our Mid Autumn food.

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How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

The potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. They are so delicious that I forgot to take photos. Oh well, next time.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like Easy Potatoes with Olive Oil, Grown Up Potato Salad, and Potatoes on the BBQ. Browse all of the Potato recipes here and here. Or explore our Roasted dishes here and here. Continue reading “How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes”

Indian Style Slightly Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and Sweet Potato | Kaddu ki Sabzi | Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Subzi

A great use for left over pumpkin. Or cook from scratch.

The challenge of every xmas – and Thanksgiving, for that matter – is how to use the left over roasted pumpkin. I have found the solution.

Inspired by The Back Yard Lemon Tree, I took the Delhi Style Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and mixed it up a little to use up several different xmas leftovers. It was delicious. Do read the original recipe – it is from Madhur Jaffrey.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Risotto. And try these Sweet Potato dishes: Sweet Potato Subzi with Yoghurt, and Potato and Sweet Potato Spicy Curry.

Try other Subzis – Kohlrabi Subzi, Carrots and Green Peas Subzi, and Potato and Spinach Subzi.

You might also like to explore all of our Subzi recipes, all of our Pumpkin recipes and all of our Sweet Potato dishes.  Have a look at all of our Indian Vegetable Curries, and all of our Indian recipes. Or simply explore our Early Autumn dishes.

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Kombu Baked Vegetables

Kombu adds a gentle but wonderful flavour to these vegetables.

Gratitude. Such an important ingredient of happiness. Gratitude is a state of mindfulness. The practice of writing down each day three things that you are grateful for brings about a different daily perspective. You catch yourself thinking – how wonderful that sound is, what a wonderful butterfly, how heavenly the sky looks today, the rain will feel so delicious on the skin.

I am grateful for kombu, that Japanese seaweed that adds such a gentle flavour to dishes.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like to try Japanese Baked Eggplant, and Gentle Autumn Vegetables. Our Japanese recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Autumn dishes here and here.

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An Indulgent Baked Layered Potato Cake

A Friday Night dish.

There is something very comforting about potatoes. A bit of Friday night easy indulgence after a hard week – throw this potato dish into the oven with some asparagus in foil with wine and butter.

Melt bocconcini  over the asparagus. Make a large herby green salad. Find a good TV program. Welcome in a long weekend.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for Potato recipes? We like roast potatoes on the BBQ, and Sweet Potato Wedges.

Or try more Potato Gratin dishes: Potato and Cheddar Gratin, Gratin of Potatoes and Zucchini with Thyme, and Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomato.

Browse all of our Potato recipes, and all of our Baked recipes. Explore our Late Winter recipes for even more inspiration.

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Surprise Tatin | Potato Tatin

Another Ottolenghi stunning dish.

The style of Ottolenghi’s vegetarian dishes is layered flavours created by layered elements. No other recipe shows that as much as this dish.

The recipe is form Ottolenghi’s book Plenty. It is an upside down potato tart. I have to admit that it is both tasty and visually amazing.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Similar recipes include Tomato Tarte Tatin, and Asparagus in Pastry.

You might also like to try other Ottolenghi Recipes, such as Sweet Potato Vindaloo, Black Pepper Tofu, and Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Creme Fraiche.

You might like to browse our Potato recipes here and here. You will love our Early Winter recipes.

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Spiced, Honey Roasted Carrots

These beauties can be placed into salads, on top of soups, eaten as a side dish, snacked on at mid afternoon.

Carrots have been featured at our place lately. Those crunchy orangey happy things go well in juices, in soups, vegetable braises and in salads. They love being boiled, steamed or stirfried, roasted, baked or blasted. Maybe even fried. Definitely dehydrated. They can stand on their own or be part of a flavour base. They can be spiced, glazed, covered in sauce, mashed, chopped fine, grated, sliced into rings. No matter what, they make magic happen.

Today, a recipe for honey roasted carrots. These beauties can be placed into salads, on top of soups, eaten as a side dish, snacked on at mid afternoon. You are going to love them.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Similar recipes include Glazed Carrots with Cumin and Ginger, and Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses.

You might also like to browse our Carrot recipes , our Salad recipes, and our pre-cooked prep recipes. You will love our Late Autumn recipes too.

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Parsnip and Carrot Mash

A quick, wintery mash

Parsnips at this time of the year are beautiful, soft and tender (see the soup made yesterday). This is a great mash using both parsnips and carrots.

Parsnips cook quicker than the more dense carrots, so you can either add the parsnips a little time after the carrots, or, like me, love the texture of mashed parsnips with partly mashed carrots.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Are you looking for delightful Mashes? You might also want to try Garlicky Potato Mash, Broad Bean and Butter Bean Mash, and Pumpkin Cooked with Lashings of Butter.

And try these Potato Mashes – English, French, and Indian. There is even a Parsnip Mash with Parmesan and Olive Oil.

What about other Parsnip recipes? Try Baked Parsnips with Parmesan.

Browse all of our Parsnip recipes, and our Carrot recipes. And be inspired by our Late Winter recipe collection.

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Caramelised Roast Pumpkin

A particularly Winter-y dish

In Autumn, the pumpkins arrive and thoughts of beautiful Autumnal pumpkin salads, risottos, mashes, curries, soups, BBQ’d pumpkin, pasta and other dishes swim around in a cook’s mind.

In Australia, we are not familiar with the huge variety of pumpkins available in other countries, so everything yellow and round is a pumpkin to us. We only have a few varieties. Queensland Blue pumpkin, for example. Need to take an axe to that one. Butternut, my favourite. Sweet natured and thin skinned, easy to deal with and delicious in taste. Jap, a sweet beauty. Sometimes in markets I might find a red pumpkin.

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