Weekend Cooking Adventures

6 Nov

What was to be a busy weekend of entertaining and dining with friends turned into a quiet weekend at home with a sick hubby. Even with our changed plans, I decided to still make a few of my planned dishes: Pumpkin Soup and Apple Cake.

I have been inspired lately to cook with seasonal produce. I pass a local farm on my running route and for the last 2 months there has been a huge wagon of Pumpkins for sale on the road side. There are also crates full of locally grown Apples in the supermarket, along with Persimmons, Celeriac and Pears.

I have made Pumpkin Soup a few times before so the process was a no-brainer. I had already selected a variety of small Pumpkins and Squash to use, including Patisson Squash (green or yellow skin, flat in shape, with soft white flesh, not very sweet), Orange Knirps (“Kuri Squash” with dark orange skin and deep orange flesh, sweet and very tasty) and a small Halloween Pumpkin (orange skin with pale orange flesh, very stringy tecture, tasty). As a side note, I have previously used Butternut Squash and Acorn Pumpkins for soup and both were excellent.

I had decided to make double the quantity (4 litres of soup) so unfortunately I spent the next 2 hours peeling, coring and chopping 3 kilograms of Pumpkins. Check out the variety of colours in the flesh of the Pumpkin – from white to dark orange!

Along with a couple of leeks, garlic cloves and a sprinkle of curry powder, it was  onto the stove for the Pumpkins and onto the Apple Cake for me.

Whilst in Amsterdam we treated ourselves to a traditional Dutch Apple Pie which was packed with lots of juicy Apple pieces and I wanted to try to replicate this at home. I searched the internet for Apple Cake recipes and was bitterly disappointed to find that the majority of the recipes contained about 10% Apples and 90% cake. That was until I found Teresa Cutter’s Apple Cake recipe. I was so excited when I found this recipe, I just had to try it. Super easy and quick to make and it tasted delicious (served with a drizzle of cream)! Here is my cake (shame about the photography)

There’s nothing better than a bowl of soup and a slice of cake to make you feel warm and fuzzy on a rainy Autumn day.

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