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Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Pumpkin Soup


An illustrated recipe for the pumpkin soup pictured above.

750 g Pumpkin (Hokkaido pumpkin, 栗カボチャ), roughly diced
100 g Smoked tofu
200 g Bouquet garni pour bouillon, finely diced>
50 g Onions
1 clove Garlic
1 litre Water
1 tbs Curry powder
1 tbs Ginger, grated
Salt,Peper,Lemon juice, Oil

At first do the most obvious: take the pumpkin, weigh it and cut yourself a piece of the right weight. The weight does not need to be very exact but should be at least 500 g (for a thin soup) and not more than one kilo (results in quite a thick soup and will look quite similar to the carrot pap of the toddler).

Hokkaido Pumpkin

Hokkaido Pumpkin


Half of it is enough

Half of it is enough


Now get rid of the seeds with a spoon. You may clean, dry, (peel), and roast the seeds. Some people like them for a snack. I, personally, don’t.
Clean inner side

Clean inner side


If you have a piece with the stem and/or blossom, like I did, cut them out, you won’t get these parts tender.
Neither stem nor blossom

Neither stem nor blossom


Cut it in large dices.
Size of Dice

Size of Dice


Get your piece of smoked tofu.
A nice piece of smoked tofu

A nice piece of smoked tofu


Tofu, even the smoked variety, does look a bit boring, doesn’t it?
A nice piece of smoked tofu, with more drama this time

A niece piece of smoked tofu, with more drama this time


Cut it in small dices.
Yep, this size

Yep, this size


(Is the flash broken now?)
If you are like me, you always have a bunch of finely sliced bouquet garni—that is carrot, celery, and leek in my case—in your freezer. You may add parsley to that mix but no onions, garlic or anything else you will get for cheap the whole year around.
Frozen ball of a bouquet garni pour bouillon

Frozen ball of a bouquet garni pour bouillon


Now heat a large pot, able to hold 2 litres at least, bigger is better here and sauté the diced tofu in a tablespoon of oil. I use some cheap but not bad olive oil here.
Sauté tofu

Sauté tofu


Get the onion(s)
A small yellow onion

A small yellow onion


and the garlic
believe it or not, it is garlic

Some garlic, Eric!


dice them and slice them
Diced onion with sliced garlic in the background

Diced onion with sliced garlic in the background


and put the onions to the tofu in the pot
There goes the onion

There goes the onion


sauté without colour
Nope, no colour

Nope, no colour


Get the curry powder
Curry powder, grabbed with greasy fingers

Curry powder, grabbed with greasy fingers


add some to the tofu and the onions
Curried

Curried


let it go for couple of seconds and add the garlic
A sliced clove of garlic

A sliced clove of garlic


Add the legumes. In my case I just break the slightly thawed bouquet garni in parts
Greenish stuff said to be healthy

Greenish stuff said to be healthy


sauté without colour
Still not all in

Still not all in


Add pumpkin
Uh, the name-giver

Uh, the name-giver


Get some water
Tap water, more than a litre of it

Tap water, more than a litre of it


and two bay leaves
Laurus nobilis

Laurus nobilis


Put both, the water and the leaves into the pot
The soup is nigh!

The soup is nigh!


Don’t forget to add some salt and pepper now
Spices

Spices


If you are not like my sister, for whom this soup got made, you might come up with the good idea to add some more spicy spices like chillies and some such.
Oh, I nearly forgot the ginger!
A bit of ginger, Ingmar!

A bit of ginger, Ingmar!


Boil it up once
Hot and boiling, still no soup

Hot and boiling, still no soup


and let it simmer with a lid on top for about 25 minutes
twenty-five to go

twenty-five to go


Poke the largest piece of pumpkin with a fork. If it is not thoroughly soft, including the skin, let it go for another five minutes.
Nah, better let it go for another five minutes

Nah, better let it go for another five minutes


Take the two bay leaves out
Two tasteless bay leaves

Two tasteless bay leaves


Blend the soup
A giant mess to come

A giant mess to come


Wait!
Use a safety towel!

Use a safety towel!


Where have I been…uh, blend the soup until smooth and creamy
Looks like a soup, doesn't it?

Looks like a soup, doesn’t it?


Taste it.
My summary of the aforementioned tasting: blargh!
I added some lemon juice because it was too sweet (carrots and pumpkins are both sweet) and a bit of japanese soy sauce to add to the base
A drip of soy sauce, Rose!

A drip of soy sauce, Rose!


That’s it! You got a nice hot soup now! Let’s get a bowl!
Uhm…wait a moment! Must I! Really? My…
Ok, with some Sri Pacha…yeah, not that bad.
Vegan Pumkin Soup

Maybe a slice of bread with it?

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