It must be that time again…

At the risk of sparking a PC/Mac flame war, I thought I’d point to a couple new models. The [H] with Dell innards and the Pumputer 1.0 (a Classic…).  Okay, so maybe it won’t start a flame war, just a couple candles to make the eyes glow…

As an Aussie transplant, I bring the undeard of pumpkin pie Down Under, so let me share a terrific soup recipe for those in the US:

Start with what we call a Jap Pumpkin (AKA winter squash)

In a large soup pot:

  • sautee one onion, three cloves garlic, chunk of finely chopped ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Add a quick pour of dry cooking sherry (gets the above nice and soft)

Attack the pumpkin:

  • Scoop the seeds and cut off the skin (easier when halved or quartered)
  • Chop into chunks
  • Add to onion, etc. and sautee/stir fry a bit to bring out the flavor
  • Pour in enough boiling water to cover about 1/2 the mixture
  • Boil, stirring occasionally, until pumpkin is soft.
  • Use one of those hand blenders / whizzy sticks to puree
  • Add a can of coconut cream (lowfat?)
  • Add water to desired consistency
  • Add seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, dash of cayenne, curry powder)
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3 Responses to It must be that time again…

  1. Rene says:

    Tom, you’ve said some controversial things but exposing Australia to pumpkin pie was the thing that finally got me to comment back to you – if there’s one thing I will never miss about the US it is pumpkin pie (closely followed by candied yams).

    However, the Pumputer is a great idea.

  2. Rene says:

    And being the careful reader I am, I thought the recipe was for pie – my apologies. Will make the soup as penance.

  3. tom says:

    Hi Rene,

    I do make pumpkin pie every year. What’s funny is that because I can’t buy the pre-made kind (or even crusts and Libby’s canned pumpkin), I have to roll my own pastry and use “real” pumpkin. The great thing is that this (not surprisingly?!) makes the best pumpkin pies I’ve ever eaten!

    P.S. – I can’t wait to get things started with the editure community this month.

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