Look at this wee chap! isn't he lovely? Admittedly not very scary but that was the brief given to Dominic, a pumpkin that I could smile with! Unfortunately we have no windowsill deep enough to display him in, so he sits, smiling away at me from the hearth. Aww!
And not to let his insides go to waste (heaven forbid), here is a lovely autumn soup, with a bit of a kick...
Pumpkin, Sage, Pancetta and Chilli soup
Ok, I know, too much sage and pancetta recently! But I LOVE the combination, so really I am not making any apology for it. And I'll stop soon I promise :-) And if you are with me on this one, please check out the latest entry from the gorgeous Cherry Menlove
The inside of a medium pumpkin, diced
a red onion, chopped
15 (or so!) sage leaves
1/2 tsp chillli flakes
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
500ml vegetable or chicken stock
3 slices of pancetta, snipped up into smallish strips
Fry off over a gentle heat the pancetta, onion, sage, chilli and garlic in some olive oil for about 5 mins untl soften and frangrant.
Add the pumpkin and cook over a slow heat for about 2-3 mins.
Add the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer for 15 mins.
Blitz with a hand blender until smooth but with some texture.
Serve with a smile.