Archive for November 3rd, 2009

Curried Carrot Soup

November 3, 2009

carrotsoupI have fond memories of returning home after school on cold autumn evenings and enjoying this soup.  My mom made it regularly as a starter, but Cari and I tend to have a big bowl of it as our meal.  Sometimes we’ll put a small amount of rice in the bottom of the bowl to give it a bit more substance.






Pumpkin Millet Muffins

November 3, 2009

Pumpkin Millet Muffins

I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin something for a few weeks now. I even agreed to getting another pie pumpkin in our weekly veggie bin. (Something I’d sworn I’d never do after my last attempt at getting purée from it… but now I realize that I was just stubbornly avoiding it because my one experience wasn’t so fabulous. Of course, that’s primarily because I hadn’t given myself the time needed to cook the pumpkin so I was short on time and stressed. Anyway…)

So now I’ve got this pie pumpkin taunting me. I figured I’d make a pumpkin pie at some point, but then realized I have no where to take a pumpkin pie to, and Adam and I couldn’t possibly eat one on our own.

In the meantime, we had some friends over for a pumpkin carving on Halloween, and someone brought some canned pumpkin purée as he was set on making pumpkin shortbread milkshakes… Surprisingly, those turned out pretty tasty, but it left us with almost a full can of opened pumpkin purée. Must. Make. Pumpkin. Something.

I’ve been scouring blogs and recipe sites with little luck. Sure there are lots of really amazing looking recipes out there (and yes, most of them seem to belong to Smitten Kitchen…), but none of them really seemed quite right. Either I was missing an ingredient (walnuts), or they were too sweet (cupcakes/brownies), or just something that didn’t really seem worth it (waffles). Vanilla Sugar’s scones were a front runner today, but I just didn’t have enough of the ingredients on hand, and Adam and I are leaving town in just over a week… so not worth it quite yet.

Then Adam reminded me of these lovely Pumpkin Millet Muffins! They came on a Green Earth Organics bulletin last year, and while they required a few changes, they’re super tasty and very pumpkin-y! The millet is a great addition, too – it adds a really nice crunch. So that was that. Breakfast until we leave town. (more…)