Hello Fall: Roasted Pumpkin Curry Soup

by Pamela

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Yes, eventually this post will be about truly delicious fall soups well, soup.  I will tell you all about a roasted pumpkin soup that will warm you to your very toes and make your mouth and belly very happy (oh, and your jeans will be pretty happy too since they won’t be forced to make like a dyke in the Netherlands and have to hold back more of your legs and ass as a result of eating this soup).

Newsflash: being married isn’t all sweetness and light.  It’s mostly an exercise in self-control.  Holding back your right hook when he rips the remote out of your hand to watch another episode of Pawn Stars.  Not buying the biggest butt plug you can find at the adult store to jam up his butt the next time he farts really loud and laughs because “farts are funny.”  Not ramming your fork through his hand at the restaurant when says “hey, isn’t that Johnny Depp over there?” just so he can steal the last bit of food off your plate.  Not calling the divorce lawyer when all of his co-workers know it’s your birthday and tell him to call you…and he doesn’t.  Stuff like that.  But then there’s that one thing, the thing he does that leaves you dumbfounded and speechless.  He offers to take your parents (his in-laws) on vacation (and yes, you have to come too).

Do I have time to call my Dr. and get a stronger dosage of Xanax?  How far will we be from the nearest coffee shop?  (No, I’m not talking about Starbucks – GAG…I’m talking about Amsterdam – if you don’t know what that means, Google it).  Will there be at least 2 bars near where we’re staying?  Do I have to go?

All in all, the trip went well.  Especially considering we were all staying in a cozy houseboat in Amsterdam.  I’m pretty sure my mom thinks I’m a secret agent.  Everyday someone would come up to me and either speak to me in Dutch or French asking for directions or just to strike up a conversation.  I don’t speak Dutch, but I look the part.  The French thing is just random, but she about passed out when I could answer their question – in French.  But I think it’s good for that fear thing to be on the other foot.  You know how your parents thought it was a good idea that their kids should fear them a little bit (yeah, that’s an old fashioned way of child rearing but it kept mine and my brother’s asses out of jail…so it works just fine)?  I really like that the “fear” shoe is on the other foot now.  HA! <note to self, recommend more cop/agent shows for my parents to watch>

Pumpkin-Curry-Soup

What's in curry?

Now, about that soup.  You all know how much I like roasted vegetables (roasted asparagus, roasted mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, etc.).  Roasting vegetables to use in soup recipes gives them a richer flavor than simply cooking them in a liquid and then pureeing them.  It concentrates and sweetens their flavors.

When the weather turns cool, gray and damp (yes, that’s how it’s been here in LA the past few days) all I can think of is fall soups.  After hitting the farmer’s market I picked up a HUGE (it weighed 5 pounds) cauliflower and the first of the season pie pumpkins.  While driving home I had already decided to make a roasted pumpkin soup, but decided to change it up a bit and make it a pumpkin curry soup.  What’s not to love about that spicy flavor of curry and an added bite from some fresh ginger?

Oh and, this soup won’t turn your jeans into a Netherlands dyke trying to hold back that excess err…water.  It’s a super creamy soup and you’ll swear there’s a whole lot of cream in there, but there isn’t.  In fact, this soup is actually a vegan pumpkin soup that gets its creaminess from roasted cauliflower.  By using the roasted cauliflower the pumpkin flavor is tempered a bit (so it doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie in a bowl) and the curry flavor is clear and bright.  Isn’t this why you’re making a pumpkin curry soup after all?  If you wanted pie, you would have made a crust.

Relationship Advice

How do you know if that someone is right for you?  You must have things in common.  I’m not talking about how you both love walking on the beach at sunset (does anyone still do that unless they’re on vacation?), you both snuggle in to watch the latest Gossip Girl or your undying devotion to sharing a plate of chili cheese fries at your favorite diner.

Nope, what keeps a couple together are the things that you both loathe.  Okay, maybe even hate.  The stronger the dislike of the the thing, the more conversation and laughter you will have together.

Things Craig and I bond over….

Hipster dorks who wear scarves regardless of what they are wearing or what the temperature is.

People who have no table manners.

Women who have had too much plastic surgery on their faces.

Clowns

Foie gras

What do you bond with your spouse or significant other over?

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7 comments

Edyth Breutzman October 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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Russell at Chasing Delicious October 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Yum! This soup sounds scrumptious. I love pumpkin soup but haven’t tried it with curry yet. Definitely changing that soon.

Anna September 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Every other recipe this season is about pumpkin…But this one has a unique twist. Thanks for this recipe! Will try…

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeno September 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Ok seriously I have commented on something almost every day since I found your blog… everything is just too good. THis looks wonderful and so perfect for whenever this cold weather fall gets here. love it.

Belinda @zomppa September 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

Sounds like a grand time! A houseboat? Hello, fall, indeed!

Michelle Jaffee September 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

ROASTED pumpkin soup? Yes, I want a bowl. And the garnish sounds perfect, a little cool and a little crunch. Mmmmm.

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