|Me, with terrible wounds...|
And yes, it goes without saying that the one vegetable that symbolises Halloween is the pumpkin (which are everywhere now...) so here is a pumpkin soup to warm your bones as you prepare to chill your soul this Halloween.
Of course, you could leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock if you wanted, but scientists have discovered that the addition of bacon improves any dish by 1027%, and who am I to argue with science?
2 cloves Garlic
1.2l Chicken Stock
50g Smoked Bacon
1tbsp Chopped Fresh Sage
1. Finely chop the onions and garlic. Heat the butter in your soup pan and then gently fry the onion and garlic until it starts to colour.
|It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!|
3. Add the stock, sherry, sage,and some salt and pepper, bring the pan to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, until the pumpkin is very soft.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and then blend until smooth, pass the soup through a sieve to remove lumps and make it extra smooth at this point if you like, then return to the pan.
5. Re-heat and serve. Garnish with grated nutmeg, toasted pumpkin seeds, basil leaves fried in a little butter until crisp and some cubes of fried smoked bacon. Enjoy!