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Thai Spiced Pumpkin Soup & a new Gadget


I don’t recall ever eating pumpkin until I met a Kiwi, it wasn’t a veg we used in the UK back in the days and I tended to think of it as animal fodder. I was quite surprised to have it served up roasted for dinner but soon came to love it in many dishes although never became a big fan of the Kiwi icon pumpkin soup. So why would I post about it? It was a Tuesday evening, not much in the fridge apart from a solitary butternut pumpkin, so soup it would have to be. Thankfully I had made a Thai curry paste the previous week and the pantry always has coconut milk so I thought I could jazz it up into something tasty. It was that delicious with all the spices, fresh coriander and a velvety coconut cream I think I will even make it again!

So what is the new gadget? I finally succumbed to buying camera lighting after frustrating winter months only able to photograph at weekends and hope it would be sunny on those days. It’s take a bit of fiddling but I’m starting to get the hang of it.

1 butternut pumpkin, peeled, de-seeded & chopped
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups vegetable stock
2tbsp Thai curry paste
1tbsp oil
Salt to season

Add the oil and paste to a large pan over a medium heat and fry for 1 minute.
Add the coconut, stock and pumpkin and simmer until the pumpkin is very soft.
Blend the soup to a smooth consistency and season to taste.
Chop the fresh coriander and garnish the soup once served.

29 Comments Post a comment
  1. Incredible, i made something very very very similar today to take to my Maori class (but not spicy, they don’t like spicy) and everybody loved it! At the end I also added chopped coriander, it is my favourite pumpkin soup 🙂

    August 24, 2011
  2. This looks so velvety and delicious. I was walking past the baby pumpkins today wishing for Autumn, I love pumpkin soup, it won’t be long, now.. I was just looking back through your blog, you have some gorgeous recipes, I am going to make the harissa vegan lasagne tonight, The Washer Up saw it and demanded it for dinner! This is a beautiful picture, you seem like you know what you are doing with the new light already!

    August 24, 2011
  3. Looking good! You obviously have the hang of all the new kit (and cleverly didnt end up with soup on your foot……..), sounds delish:)

    August 24, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      I must say I am chuffed with the lights and glad I bought them even if it blew the budget!

      August 28, 2011
  4. Love thee flavours on that soup, yum!

    August 24, 2011
  5. Gorgeous…the colours of the soup, the settig, the rustic bread … just gorgeous Alli! Congrats on your new kit. Makes me quite envious! Yay for you!

    August 24, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      You must have fab light in India because your photos always look amazing!

      August 24, 2011
  6. It is amazing what a little lighting can do to a picture. I constantly struggle with finding enough light… the houses in Perth are build to keep the (hot) sun out, so it’s all rather gloomy indoors and too bright outside! *sigh*
    This photo is stunning. Everything about it.

    August 26, 2011
  7. I know exactly what you mean, winter blogging has meant lots of weekend cooking (and trying to get started in time so whatever I’m making is finished before it gets dark, doesn’t always happen, very frustrating!) so very cool that you’ve got new lighting. Looks like you’ve mastered it already!

    August 27, 2011
  8. So happy to have found your blog via Passionate About Baking! This soup looks sooo good, and great photo! The light looks great.

    August 27, 2011
  9. I bet those pumpkins are spicy appetite boosting. I would love to prepare my own.

    August 28, 2011
  10. peasepudding #

    It took me a long time to buy the lights, have been procrastinating over them for 12 months but worth the investment.

    August 28, 2011
    • Would you mind asking where your lighting kit is from, or who makes it? I’m interested in purchasing one and your pictures turned out so beautifully!

      September 6, 2011
      • peasepudding #

        Hi Amber, the kit is a Lowell Tota Pak with stand and diffusing white umbrella. I went to my local camera shop to buy it is easily available in the USA and EU online, just google the Lowell Tota Pak and you should find it.

        September 9, 2011
  11. Jun #

    Love the photo! And the soup sounds simple so I might try making this soon!

    August 29, 2011
  12. Bunny Eats Design #

    I’m still photographing in the dark. I really dislike the default flash on my camera and I only cook at night and at the weekends. Once you get the hang of it, will you share your new lighting setup with us please please?

    August 30, 2011
  13. mairi29 #

    I am with you on the pumpkin & also have never been a fan of pumpkin soup….but I think with all these lovely thai spices you might be able to convert me 🙂

    September 2, 2011
  14. Oh I missed this one, just saw it on Foodpress. Great recipe and photo.

    September 30, 2011
  15. That is a wonderful soup and picture! I also have to invest in such lights as the winters here are so grey and frustrating.



    October 1, 2011
  16. sara #

    Awesome recipe I really enjoyed this.
    Here’s another recipe you might like.
    Thanks for sharing.

    May 1, 2012
  17. Stephanie #

    You mentioned that you made a curry paste, but I can’t find the recipe for that. Would you mind posting yours?

    September 17, 2012
  18. Hello there, I found your web site by means of Google whilst looking for a related topic, your website got here up, it seems great. I’ve bookmarked to favourites|added to bookmarks.

    October 30, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      many thanks, I hope you enjoy new recipes as I post.

      October 31, 2012
  19. Alma #

    I’d love to try this out! Did you use a red curry paste?

    August 16, 2013
    • peasepudding #

      Hi Alma, I used a green curry paste but you could use red or yellow too. Enjoy!

      September 10, 2013

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