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Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup

So easy the kids can make this one.


1kg of Jap or Kent pumpkinpumpkin soup

1 large onion (chopped)

2-4 cloves garlic (crushed)

2 tablespoons butter

Pinch of cracked pepper – to taste

1 cinnamon stick

2 teaspoons chicken stock powder

water to just cover

To Serve

fresh coriander leaves -finely chopped

sour cream or yoghurt to serve


  1. Gently heat the chopped onion, garlic, cinnamon stick and pepper in the butter until the onion is transparent
  2. While the onion is cooking – Peel, seed and dice the pumpkin into 2-3 cm cubes
  3. Mix the pumpkin into the onion and butter mixture and coat the pumpkin.
  4. Cook gently for about 5 – 10 minutes until the outside of the pumpkin pieces begin to soften
  5. Add only enough water to cover the pumpkin , add chicken stock powder (CAUTION- too much water will dilute the flavour – less is more here).
  6. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft.
  7. Remove the cinnamon stick
  8. Blend with a wand /stick blender until smooth
  9. Serve with crusty bread covered with melted cheese
  10. Drizzle each bowl with sour cream or yoghurt and Sprinkle with finely chopped coriander.
  11. Enjoy!!

Optional extras

Add sweet potato or carrots to the pumpkin pieces for a richer flavour.

Add curry spices for something a little different

Use coconut cream and water to cook the pumpkin.


Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes

Delicious, easy to make and economical meal for the whole family. Great cold for the lunch box the next day too.


  • 1 x 450g tin of Salmon
    500g sweet potato
    rind of half a lemon
    2 tablespoons of chopped Laksa herb,Vietnamese mint or coriander
    1 small chilli (adjust to suit your family’s taste)
    3/4 cup Polenta for coating
    Oil for frying



Steam the sweet potato until soft
Drain and place sweet potato in a food processor with herbs, lemon rind
Drain the tin of Salmon and roughly mash
Mix the salmon with the sweet potato mix
Use dessert spoons to make into pattie shapes and roll in the polenta
Set aside until ready to fry in hot oil
Serve with steamed rice and fresh garden salad

Very yummy:)