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)

3 thoughts on “It must be that time again…”

  1. 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. 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.


How about sharing your thoughts?