Fall has set in early this year bringing with it damp skies and rain. Sniffles, sneezes, and warm socks are in rage and the temperature has dipped low enough to turn the heating on. It‘s not the nicest weather and we are indulging in hearty stews to keep ourselves warm. Strangely, most of the autumn vegetables are not in the market yet, so the merry summer flowers, blood red geraniums are still blooming riotously and trees seem to be unable to decide whether to change colours or not. They stand mute in their wet half green-gold foliage while the fallen autumn leaves create a scanty carpet. The landscape seems devoid of all colour, with only the plump pumpkins adding dashes of saffron gold. Thankfully, the German farmers’ markets are full of these fall goodness and I have already made creamy pumpkin soup thrice this month.
The journey of pumpkin from North America to Europe
Festival celebrating the pumpkin love in Germany
Pumpkin‘s secret reason for popularity in Germany
Kürbis – Rahmsuppe (Creamy Pumpkin Soup)
What you need –
- 5 lbs Pumpkin (just the meat. No seeds or rind)
- 2 medium Onions
- 5 tablespoons Butter
- 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 6 cups Chicken Broth (optional)
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Cut the pumpkin into small cubes. Finely chop the onions.
- In a large pot, melt the butter. Add onions and cook until transparent. Add sugar and mix until it has dissolved and melted slightly.
- Add pumpkin and cook 15-20 minutes. Add seasonings like parsley, salt, and pepper.
- Add the chicken broth (if using skip adding extra salt) and half of the sour cream.
- Allow mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Puree the soup in a blender until smooth.
- Add additional seasoning if necessary.
- Pour soup into individual-sized bowls.
- Swirl in some sour cream into each serving and serve hot with crusty bread.
P.S – This blog post is part of the weekly series called the Cologne Diaries. Every week, Maverickbird will take on a new theme, emotion, and beauty of an expat life in Cologne.
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