Thursday, January 10, 2008

Future Vanderkitten Racer

I recently got an email with a big surprise - a photo of the cutest girl named Lise sporting a Vanderkitten tattoo that was given to her from a spectator who picked it up for her from the traveling Vanderkitten mobilehome.

Today i went for another ride outdoors. I surely picked a good day for it - cold, rainy AND windy! But at least it was dry when i stepped outside to start the ride.

After i took a nice long hot shower and changed into my fuzziest pajamas, I made some pumpkin carrot soup.
My recipe:
3 red onions - chopped
6 huge garlic cloves - chopped
2 tbs olive oil
1 medium pumpkin - chopped
8 carrots - chopped
5 potatoes - chopped
1-2 tbs curry powder (to taste)
1-2 tbs cumin (to taste)
6 cups vegetable broth (or water and buillon)
fresh ground pepper

Saute onions, garlic and olive oil until soft
Add potatoes, carrots and pumpkin and saute for 12-15 min
Add vegetable broth and spices, bring to a boil then simmer for 25 min.
Blend until almost smooth (slightly chunky)

The ratios above could be slightly off so don't blame me if it's not thick enough! You can always boil some potatoes quickly then blend it in to make it thicker. Oh, and if it feels it still needs a kick, add a dash of nutmeg.

Tomorrow is mushroom leek soup day.

Thanks for reading.


StevenCX said...


gewilli said...

red lentils are a nice touch - help the creamyness...

ifn i was making it for me (or you) and no other delicate taste buds i'd pop in a few nice spicy orange (bonnets prolly) peppers before blending...

and one hell uva lotta ginger (fresh)


erikv said...

Sounds good. How'd you peel the pumpkin? That always takes me a long time.

PEANUT said...

hi erik:
What i do is cheat. I cook the pumpkin ahead of time in the oven so that way i can make multiple meals of it. You cut it in half, gut it, then lay it on a cookie tray flesh-side down. Put a little water in the tray then into the oven. It is ready when you stick a fork in it and it's tender. When you take it out, the skin comes off very easy. In fact, I use the skin for dipping in the soup. Put it back into the oven to toast it a bit before serving it with soup.
Oh and gewilli, yes i used a bit of ginger, a little hot pepper powder and nutmeg.