Help, the flu has got me! Outside the sun is shining, people are walking in t-shirts and I’m sitting on the couch with my fluffy comfy socks on and a blanket, cleaning my nose every two minutes and avoiding my zombie-like reflection in the mirror. Not fair.
I’m making a grumpy face right now, like I did back then in the 80’s, when my mom put a hat on me I didn’t like. Not fair.
But what you gotta do? The best of it of course! I don’t know what I did back then but I hope I rocked that hat anyway!
Making the best of a cold is not as easy, but there are a few things that actually can make you feel a bit better. Like fluffy comfy socks. Or a hot bath with nice smelling essential oils. Or hot lemon-ginger tea. Or watching a few episodes of your favorite Tv show in a row (cause you can). Or eating a cookie (grab two – no one will stop you now!). Or… ooor making a soup!
Even though the weather is still more like summer than fall right now, pumpkins are already back in the store. Lucky me, because yesterday I was craving a good old pumpkin soup! This time I tried it with a new twist, the chestnut-twist, and it turned out SO good. Brought back a smile on my face!
This recipe is also very quick and easy to make, perfect for those times you don’t feel like cooking but still crave some comfort food. Win!
Pumpkin Chestnut Soup (Vegan)
(for 2 servings)
- 1 tbsp grape-seed oil
- 1 medium sized onion (diced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- 260g hokkaido pumpkin (without seeds, diced)
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 10 chestnuts (I used store-bought, ready to use chestnuts)
- 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
Heat up the oil in a pot and saute onion dices and garlic cloves (finely chopped) for about 2 minutes. Now add the pumpkin dices and saute for another minute. Add vegetable stock, chestnuts and rosemary and bring to boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until pumpkin is soft. Now you can use a hand-blender to blend everything until smooth. Let it simmer a few more minutes so the flavors combine and the soup thickens. Add salt to your tasting and enjoy! PS: It tastes just as good or even better the next day!