in my kitchen

by Sharon Santoni

I seem to have food on my mind right now.  Spending quite a lot of time in , and thinking a lot about being in my kitchen.   And this for several reasons : would you like to know why?

Number one is that I am on a diet UGH!   this is painful to stick to and painful to admit to in public, but I have to face up to the truth.  2019 saw me spending too much time sitting at a desk and not enough time moving around!  So I am buckling down to my preferred methods which is basically cutting back on carbs and sugar, and walking more and sometimes  skipping dinner.    I know it will work, but I can’t say that I love the process.

Cooking and eating is about so much more than just eating.  It is about sharing, about preparing together, about sitting down to talk, about slowing down and savouring not only what is in your plate but also the moment in hand.   I’m lucky to have a French husband who loves to cook and loves to eat well, and our meals together are always prepared from scratch, no matter how simple they may be.

In our February box we are also celebrating the love of food and cooking, with an edition that we have named ‘Dans ma Cuisine’, or in my kitchen.  I loved curating this collection, and including things that I use at home and that I think our box clients will love too. I’ve included a piece from iconic brand Emile Henry, as well as some other really beautiful items for you to use daily.   If you think you’d like this box, there are just a few left and it will ship mid February.  Just click here to choose between a one-off purchase or an automatic subscription.

So in honour of this cooking theme, I’m sharing with you a recipe that I have shared before and which so many people have written to say they enjoy.  This pumpkin soup is about the easiest thing ever to make, and if you serve it in individual pumpkins as I do here, then it is as beautiful as it is delicious.

pumpkin soup in pumpkin

To create these little servers I simply scooped out and dried the inside of a small pumpkin .    If you don’t like the idea of your soup sitting directly inside the raw pumpkin, then it is quite easy to insert a small glass pot, that is then  hidden inside the fruit.

pumpkin soup in pumpkin with bread and cheese

This is my idea of a simple and delicious autumn lunch: home-made pumpkin soup; bread and cheese and a few walnuts.

walnuts with autumn leaves

To make this soup I use a deep roasting pan, and set the oven to fairly hot.   Cut a couple of small pumpkins, or a large slice of big pumpkin, into big cubes.   No need to remove the skin, this will soften during cooking.   Add a diced onion, a few tomatoes, a branch or two of celery and a couple of cloves of garlic.   Sprinkle with a little salt and ground pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake in the oven for an hour or so until the vegetables are all soft and beginning to caramelise.   Remove the vegetables and put one third into a blender.   Blend until smooth adding water, milk and some stock if you wish.    The thickness is up to you, and you’ll have time to add more liquid later if required.

Transfer the blended vegetables to a saucepan and repeat the blending with the remaining vegetables until you have a lovely saucepan of thick soup.   Heat gently and adjust the thickness and seasoning to taste.

Of course you can simply serve this soup in regular bowls or mugs, but you have to admit that these servers are way cuter!   Bon appetit.

pumpkin soup in pumpkin with bread and cheese

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9 comments

Stephanie Guillory January 27, 2020 - 7:56 pm

Sharon several years ago you shared a recipe for buche de Noelle. I made several times and we all loved it. My recipe was lost when we moved and none of the other recipes I’ve tried come close to being as good as yours! Could you please send me this recipe? I’d truly appreciate it!
Thank you
Stephanie Guillory
Eunice, Louisiana

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Sharon Santoni January 27, 2020 - 9:09 pm

HI Stephanie, thank you for your kind comment 🙂 . I think you are referring to this post, which I published in 2015. Can’t believe that was five years ago! If ever you are looking for a post here, the easiest thing is just to use the search button at the top of the website, it generally works pretty well.
https://sharonsantoni.com/2015/12/la-buche-de-noel-the-christmas-log/

Kindly
Sharon

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Taste of France January 27, 2020 - 9:22 pm

I never had pumpkin soup before I moved to France–pumpkin in the U.S. is associated with pie and Thanksgiving. But savory pumpkin soup is fantastic, and there are so many ways to tweak it so it’s always a little different–cumin one time; sage another; ginger another, even fresh-squezzed orange juice….Sometimes I include carrots or other vegetables whose color will blend well. Today, though, I roasted pumpkin and garlic to purée into a thick sauce for pasta, flavored with sage and toasted almonds. Very good.

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Brigitte January 27, 2020 - 11:17 pm

You have some beautiful recipes on here. There is an apple one or two that I have saved. This soup sounds delicious.

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Lorrie January 28, 2020 - 1:24 am

We love pumpkin/squash soup. Sometimes I thin mine with coconut milk. A sprinkle of salted pumpkin seeds on top is good, too. It’s what I had for lunch today. Lovely photos, as always.

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Vicky from Athens January 28, 2020 - 1:26 pm

Sharon, my family, friends and I have loved every recipe of yours that I have tried. Thanks so much for bringing me in to your kitchen. I can’t wait to see what tresors you have tucked in to the February box!!

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MARTHA ABERNETHY January 28, 2020 - 4:10 pm

I haven’t received by Jan/Feb issue. Sadness

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Marilyn January 28, 2020 - 4:23 pm

It is very cold today, here in Columbus, Ohio, and I was just deciding on what to make for supper this evening (having grown up on a farm, we called the evening meal supper). As soon as I read your recipe, I realized I have all the ingredients on hand and it sounds luxurious! The house will smell delicious. I am in the process of losing some pounds also — and our formula is the same!

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Simonne Starck January 30, 2020 - 12:58 pm

Hi Sharon, Also many years ago , you shared a recipe that your French girl friends did with bits left over cheese (always found lurking in the fridge)…. a dip of sorts…. have tried looking that but with no luck. Please could you post it again.
Thank you for sharing…Regards Simonne

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