Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11.13 Sunny Walk and Fresh Veggies

The office I volunteer at was closed today so I took advantage of the sunny day and enjoyed a long walk around San Francisco's tourist district.

Since I'm not usually out and about on Tuesdays, I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the Ferry Building and stumbled on their Farmer's Market.

When I got home, my box of veggies was waiting for me: 3 fuji apples, 2 anjou pears, 1 container fresh cranberries, pound broccoli, mixed herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage), butter lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots, celery and a butternut squash.

I still had a pumpkin left from my last box, so I used my free day to make some pumpkin soup with it. It was pretty good, but could use a little more flavor. Bonus pumpkin seeds to snack on later!

I got the recipe from Farm Fresh To You's website. I substituted brown sugar for the maple syrup, omitted the nutmeg and added a little thyme.

Sugar Pie Pumpkin Soup
• 1 sugar pie pumpkin, 4-5 lbs
• 1/2 cup shallots, minced
• 3 tbs butter
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 Tbs maple syrup
• 1/4 tsp nutmeg
• 1/4 tsp white pepper
• 5 cups chicken broth
• 1/4 cup cream

1. Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds and stringy parts. Line
a cookie sheet with tinfoil and put the pumpkin cut side down on the foil. Bake in the
oven for about 1 hour at 375 degrees, until the pumpkin is soft. Let cool. Scrape the
cold pumpkin out of the pumpkin skin. Mash it with a potato masher or put it through a food mill so its smooth.
2. Peel and mince the shallots. Heat butter in a large heavy saucepan and cook the shallots over very low heat until they're soft. Add the broth and turn up the heat to medium. Heat until it just starts to simmer. Add the salt, white pepper, nutmeg, and maple syrup and stir. Add the pumpkin a little bit at a time, stirring. (You may make the recipe ahead of time up to this point and store for up to 48 hours. Reheat and continue.) When everything is mixed together and heated through, turn off the heat and stir in the cream. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve at once.

-grateful for the sunshine
-grateful for the good food
-thankful for the extra time today to do everything I did.

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