Sunday, December 23, 2007

Winter Warmer 2 - Pumpkin Soup with Honey and Cloves + Peanut Butter Wolf

Errrr.....ok. Here's the belated second winter warmer (yes Mish, I owe around 8 recipes now!). Why belated? Well, I haven't been blogging very much this year due to new work, being out and about Lahndahn town more often, and not being tied to a computer in my free moments. Anyhoo, here be the recipe kids and the tasty beats to go with it. Yum.

Pumpkin Soup with Honey and Cloves
(courtesy of Epicurious)


2 tablespoon (1/4 stick) butter
2 large carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 2-pound pumpkin peeled, seeded, chopped (about 6 cups)
6 cups (or more) chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
5 whole cloves
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey

Melt butter in sauce pan/pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery and onion; sauté until tender, about 8 minutes. Add pumpkin, 6 cups stock and cloves. Cover and simmer until pumpkin is very tender, about 25 minutes.

Discard cloves. Purée soup in batches in blender. Return to sauce pan/pot. Stir in cream and honey. Bring to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

(Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill. Bring to simmer before serving, thinning with more stock, if desired.)

That's pretty much it. I've tried it twice now and it's not a bad lil' soup at all. As for the beats to go with it, try Peanut Butter Wolf's Bass Your Car Streets and Party Fresh Beats. From De La to Nas, Silver Apples to Prince, it's another fine selection from the Stones Throw head honcho. Peep it here, or if you want it on one of those shiny disc things known as a 'CD' (wha?) then head over to Heavy Crates (my new favourite UK HH mail order site) or Hip Hop Vinyl.

Right. Back in a day or two (honest!) with my favourite gigs of the year. Until then, how's about some new Hot Chip?

Hot Chip
- Ready for the Floor

And for the dancefloor, the Soulwax re-rub to boot. Do those Dewale brothers ever flunk out when it comes to remixes?

Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor

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