One of my favourite things about soup is how the simplest combination of garnishes can dress it up so much both in flavour and appearance. I used a new combination this time and found the combination of textures and flavours to be perfectly complimentary.
Pumpkin and Bacon Soup
serves 6 – 8
1 kent pumpkin
1 free range ham hock
feel free to throw in assorted leftover roast veg, I did.
Place 1/5 litres of water in slow cooker with ham hock and turn to high.
Meanwhile, cut pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds. Place cut side up in baking tray and drizzle with oil. Place in hot oven and leave until starting to brown. Remove, scoop flesh from skin and add to slow cooker (with other veg if using). Cook until meat is falling off bones. Whizz to almost smooth in thermomix or food processor.
Garnish with blue cheese, toasted walnuts and snipped chives. Trust me.
Approx cost per serving. 85c
I served with a big heart shaped scone.
Sounds great, I am off to buy a ham hock
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I love your blog. It’s one of the best foodie ones out there. How do you make quark?
Thanks Karen! Quark is yoghurt cheese. Basically yoghurt with the whey drained out … https://www.thekitchenplayground.com/2007/sheeps-yoghurt-cheese/ … you don’t have to make balls and suspend them in oil. You can just mix flavouring of your choice through and use it much like cream cheese.
Finally got around to making this soup, it was fabulous Dani, but I didn’t snip the chives in, am I missing out on the full experience?
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I think so Rick. Soup without garnish is never complete in my world. But if you had a heart shaped scone that might make up for missing chives ;p
I see your point, no chives, no heart shaped scone……no vasectomy. I guess I do have something that’s complete in my world after all.
heehee are you insinuating that a heart shaped scone is a poor trade off for fertility? huh? huh?
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a lovely looking scone. I might just have trouble with the snipping part, perhaps that’s why I couldn’t manage the chives.
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I had a feeling you didn’t mean the chives!