Friday, April 20, 2012

sweet-pumpkin-curry or goodbye-winter-soup

Pumpkins are (next to aubergines, leeks, onions and carrots, closely followed by porcini, chard and celery :)) my most beloved veg. Like Nigel Slater describes in his book, just looking at the vivid color of a pumpkin puts you in a good mood. Throughout the cold seasons I keep at least one on hand and store it as long as possible. Cooking with the last pumpkin of winter even provokes little wistful sighs yet looking at the new spring greens, it is nonsense ;)
Since learning to make this delicious paste, I don't buy Thai curry paste from the groceries anymore.

A goodbye-winter-hello-spring-meal: not consistent but to my liking :)

1. Sweet Pumpkin Curry Soup

Sweat some onions in a huge pan. Add water and pumpkin cuts. When the pumpkin is cooked through, puree the soup. Add 2-3 tbsp curry paste, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 kaffir lime leaves (optional), potato and carrot cuts and let all cook gently. Add one chopped red onion (for additional color :)) and a handful pre-cooked chickpeas. Turn off the heat and add fresh spinach leaves. They will cook in the remaining steam and heat. Serve with fresh coriander (optional).

2. Rhurbarb Crumble Tarte according to this recipe
the vanilla cream filling is great but even better, add lemon juice and lemon zest (rhubarb demands lemon juice for a round taste - I don't remember from whom I learned this but this is for sure). You can leave out the breadcrumbs when you pre-bake the tarte crust for 10 minutes.


  1. Magst du dann auch Süßkartoffeln? Wenn ich die Augen zumache denk ich immer, das ist der bessere Kürbis.
    Nach Rhabarber werde ich morgen mal Ausschau halten.LG

  2. Da muss was Wahres dran sein, so viele Kürbis-Kritiker wie es unter Gourmets gibt :) Hokkaido und Konsorten sind doch toll wegen ihrer fast cremigen Konsistenz! Bei Süßkartoffeln mag ich die gelb-fleischigen Sorten lieber (mehr Aroma und Süße, sie saugen nicht so leicht Wasser auf). In Dt sehe ich indes nur noch die Orange-fleischigen. Liebe Wochenendgrüße!