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This soup has its roots in the cultural exchange of the Caribbean.

Pumpkin Soup

3 lb pumpkin, seeded, peeled and cut into 1" cubes (reserve the seeds);
1 sweet onion, diced;
2 Tbsp butter;
1 qt chicken broth;
2 tsp curry powder;
1 tsp cumin;
1/2 tsp powdered chili;
1/2-1 c half and half;
salt
black pepper.

In a large stock pot, melt butter over med-high heat. Add onion and cook until transparent. Add spices. Cook for about 1 min, until spices. Add broth and pumpkin and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook until the pumpkin is soft, about 45 - 60 mins.

Puree with potato masher or immersion blender. Add half and half. Do not boil once half and half is added. (The half and half makes this difficult to reheat. I stir a Tbsp or two into each bowl as I serve.)


While the soup is cooking make sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds to garnish the soup.

1 c seeds, washed and dried;
2 Tbsp butter, melted;
1/2 tsp salt;
1/8 tsp each cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, ginger and cloves;
1 1/2 tsp sugar;
4 1/2 tsp brown sugar;
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce;
1 dash Crystal hot sauce.

Preheat oven the 300F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Mix salt, spices, and sugars. In a bowl mix seeds with butter, stirring until throughly coated. Sprinkle on the sugar and spice mix coating the seeds. Add Worcestershire and hot sauce.

Spread in a single layer. Bake 45mins, stirring a couple times, until browned and crispy.


The original version of this soup didn't have the half and half, or the fruffy garnish. Boiled cornmeal dumplings were added to make it stick to your ribs. A side of greens accompanied the dish.

Cornmeal dumplings

1 1/2 c flour;
1/2 c fine white cornmeal;
1 tsp brown sugar;
a couple pinches of salt;
1/3 c water.

Bring 1 1/2 qt of water and 1 tsp of salt of to a rolling boil in a large sauce pan.

Mix dry ingredients. Incrementally add water, mixing and kneading until the dough gathers in a ball. Let rest for 5 mins.

Form the dough into 8-10 small balls, a bit smaller than a ping pong ball. Press out into a flat patties. Drop into the boiling water. Cook until the dumplings start floating, about 10mins after the water resumes boiling.

Remove from the water, place in the bowl and add soup.
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