I’ve never been a great one for Halloween (if anything I have always been more of a Samhain girl) so it surprised even me when now that the girls are all away at university I came home with a pumpkin today. I had the urge to do a little carving. I even found myself googling pumpkin carving ideas. Wow, there are some serious artists out there. I am not in that league.
This is a cat (just in case you weren’t sure and were embarrassed to ask).
So now I am faced with a lot of pumpkin flesh. I am not a fan of pumpkin soup, there are far more exciting and tasty soups out there and if I had to choose a pudding pumpkin pie wouldn’t be top of the list. And anyway even though I chose the smallest pumpkin I have enough flesh to make more pumpkin soups and pies than either of us will ever want.
We are eating down the freezer at the moment so in the spirit of make do with what I have I bring you Bits and Bobs Pumpkin coconut curry. There is little in the way of measurements because this is a chuck it in and taste recipe.
- Pumpkin flesh
- Elderly mushrooms
- Half a manky red pepper
- What I could salvage from an almost dead aubergine
- An onion
- Some garlic cloves
- A chunk of ginger
- A red chilli
- Tamarind paste
- A tin of coconut milk
- A tin of tomatoes
- Some veg stock or water
- Lime juice
- Salt and Pepper
Chop the onion (I left mine reasonably chunky) ditto the rest of the veg. Chop/crush/grate the garlic and ginger and dice the chilli.
Soften the onion gently in oil (of your choice I used vegetable) in a large pan. After a couple of minutes add the chili, garlic, ginger and a generous teaspoon of tumeric. Continue to cook for another 3 or 4 minutes. Add the rest of your vegetables (including that pumpkin flesh) and stir to cover them with the tumericy paste (at this point take lots of deep breaths, the smell is divine). Add the tin of tomatoes, tin of coconut milk and enough water/veg stock to cover all that yummy veggie stuff. Stir in a couple of teaspoons of tamarind paste and the juice of a lime. Leave to simmer until you can’t wait and have to eat it. I might add a dollop of sour cream.
Happy Halloween and Samhain Blessings
Love Gillie x