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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkin White Bean Bisque And The Last Rose

I can remember the first time I was served
Pumpkin soup.

Under the stars with the ocean sounds in the background
in Jamaica many years ago.
It was delicious and when served I inquired "what kind of
soup is this" and was pleasantly surprised when told it was
Pumpkin.  At that particular time in my life I never thought
of pumpkin soup.

New issue of "Cooking Light" arrived recently and is filled
with page after page of wonderful recipes and some new ideas.
I am one that seldom adds new recipes since I like all of my old
and tried experiences in my huge binder.

Pumpkin soup has been made in the cottage kitchen but never
with an addition of white beans and Sage and it sounds healthy...

This is a new one and especially pleasing since I have
my fresh Sage right outside my door and also a can of pumpkin,
white beans and chicken broth waiting on the pantry shelf.

It is so simple.....



White Bean and Pumpkin Bisque

2 tbs butter
1 cup of chopped onion
1 tbs fresh chopped Sage
5 cloves garlic chopped
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/4 tsp ground cumin

I used
a can of chicken stock
1 can of white beans - rinsed and drained
1 can of pumpkin puree
1 & 1/2 cups of milk or half and half
dash of salt
2 tbs apple cider vinegar

In a good size pan
melt butter, add onion, sage and garlic
saute 4 minutes.
Stir chicken broth into onion mixture,
add rinsed beans and pumpkin
simmer 4 or 5 minutes
and put into the blender and process until smooth.
Return to pan to simmer 5 or 10 minutes, stir in milk and salt.
Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally,
Last, stir in 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar.

I changed slightly
do all recipes.

I simmered a little longer and an addition of a little more chicken broth and half and half.

It is delicious and had a bowl last night and topped with my parsley
and since returning from a long day of errands
I will have a bowl in about an hour
and freeze a carton
or may just finish the rest tomorrow at lunch time
and there will be none left to freeze :)

You can probably look the recipe up online
if you want to be exact and not just a pinch and dab of this and not measuring much.
Guess that is what being a matriarch and a long life of cooking does to you.
Also has a topping of Sage Pesto
that I did not make
but may when I have more time.

While picking Sage I noticed this last Rose
it is a beauty compared to what I saw this summer.
Roses do not do good in my damp woods
and have only one bush left out of 4 originally planted 4 years ago


I will think of it as a gift to me....

Day ending
here in the woods....

8 comments:

lil red hen said...

The rose is spectacular! I've had four blooms in the last two weeks; almost like a farewell to warm weather.

sandra hagan said...

i like the way you think!

soup sounds delicious.

the rose is spectacular.

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Such a beautiful rose, and most welcome at the end of October.
The soup looks and sounds so delicious. I, too, love pumpkin soup and have had it was deep fried sage leaves on top.....YUM

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Marcia, thank you and this was new to me with the white beans and sage - was so tasty...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Charlotte, :)
Sandra, so good to have you back..

Laura said...

oh this looks delicious! I'm going to copy your recipe... thank you E:-)

madwomandancing said...

Ernestine, what a gorgeous image of the rose in the bright blue pot! And your soup looks fabulous. Just the other day, as I unpacked a box (still many to go), I found a can of pumpkin, something I rarely buy. So, I am inspired by your recipe. I am going to give a try, probably with some variation, to your recipe. Thank you for the inspiration! I

I made myself a quiche this evening for dinner. Sometimes when I make myself a really nice meal that looks photogenic, I think of you and the beautiful meals you prepare for yourself. I think it is a wonderful thing, for those of us who live alone (at least, with no human companion--my dogs would be saddened to think I would say that I live alone) to be inspired to do such beautiful things--such as cooking a gorgeous meal--for ourselves.

madwomandancing said...

Ernestine, what a gorgeous image of the rose in the bright blue pot! And your soup looks fabulous. Just the other day, as I unpacked a box (still many to go), I found a can of pumpkin, something I rarely buy. So, I am inspired by your recipe. I am going to give a try, probably with some variation, to your recipe. Thank you for the inspiration! I

I made myself a quiche this evening for dinner. Sometimes when I make myself a really nice meal that looks photogenic, I think of you and the beautiful meals you prepare for yourself. I think it is a wonderful thing, for those of us who live alone (at least, with no human companion--my dogs would be saddened to think I would say that I live alone) to be inspired to do such beautiful things--such as cooking a gorgeous meal--for ourselves.