Creamy Carrot Hokkaido Pumpkin Soup with Cashew paste for this Fall Season
Wahoo, the Fall is here!! The big time of pumpkins, apples, squash, sweet potatoes, tangerines, pears… and the best of all Halloween will be here soon.
I’m not a very big fan of fall and cold weather. But the fall season and all the great things that come in this season I do like. Like Halloween, pumpkins and apples around, warm and delicious soups, drinking hot cocoa and looking out the window while it’s raining, or enjoying all the beautiful colors outside the nature by the sunset, and even fooling around with a kids in a garden and jumping into a big heap of leaves (sounds so much fun!)
I don’t know if everybody does that, but in our family, it’s almost like a summer and fall season tradition to go to the woods and looking around for some mushrooms. And of course take them and eat them at home. My grandparents go to the woods almost every weekend all summer and fall. But sometimes we go to the woods for mushrooms as a big family. Meaning: Me, Adam, my parents and my grandparents and sometimes even my aunt and her family. If you can imagine us all with a backpack and baskets full of mushrooms you would laugh. But it’s amazing too. Spending a Saturday with all your family in a nature and the woods. It’s very nice. I always like it and enjoy it every time, because many times it’s so much fun. Oh, and it’s so enjoyable when you find such a big mushroom. I mean like a Huge mushroom! Ha-ha. And at the end of the day we are showing each other who found the biggest mushroom.
That’s what we do at the Fall time. Mostly. Also other things, of course, but this is the main Fall Family Activity I guess. Because… I have to say that we don’t really celebrate Halloween. Not in that way like in America. I’m from Europe and from a very small country Slovakia where our traditions are very different from some other places and countries.
But, when I was in Florida for 5 months, that was my first time that I have seen Halloween for real. Before I could only see it on a TV or movie. And then I saw it for real. And I have to say that it’s Amazing! I couldn’t believe how people are enjoying the Halloween and especially kids, celebrating, making decorations, dressing up so nicely and scary too. I could see how people can be creative. All the decorated houses, gardens, driveways, all the costumes. It was amazing and beautiful! 😀 I totally enjoyed it. It was the best time in those 5 months in Florida. If I could stay there just because of the Halloween and celebrate that again I would.
Since then our Halloween at home has been closer to the American Halloween like ours in my country. Because every year since I was in Florida I wanted to celebrate and enjoy the Halloween this way, the American way. Our way and traditions are boring! I’m serious, sooo Boring. Nothing special, No scary and amazing decorations, No pumpkins, No Witches. And No Trick or Treats (that would be too much, I’m being paranoid). As I said: Boring!
America is much more Fun! Now at the Halloween I make pumpkins, candles, decorations around our house. The neighbors are looking at us like we are crazy, ha-ha, but I don’t mind, I love it!! 🙂
I’m starting to think that maybe I was supposed to be born in America. Because I love America more than my own country. Maybe it’s not very nice thing to say about my country (which I like btw), but I wanna be honest with you guys. And with myself too. I enjoy America a lot more than Slovakia. And I could even say that loud without a shame. But to be fair, I like my country, we have lot’s of different things that America doesn’t have, or traditions that I may enjoy more. And that’s what I think is great and amazing that every country on earth is unique and different. We can see and enjoy others traditions and things. If every country would be exactly the same it would be boring out here, right? 🙂
But I have to confess something. If I could make or change our traditions by the Halloween to the American Halloween I definitely would! 😀
But don’t worry. We still make pumpkin soups. Which is why I made this Hokkaido soup when the weather was so cold and rainy. Everybody in the house was so happy with that soup, because it made them warm and it just cuddles your stomach and heart ♥
Hokkaido SoupPrint Recipe
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 small Onion
- 1 clove Garlic
- 10 ounces (300g) Hokkaido Pumpkin
- 10 ounces (300g) Carrots
- 2-3 cm Ginger
- 1 tsp Salt
- pinch of Black Pepper
- pinch of ground Nutmeg
- ½ Lemon juice
- a handful Cashew nuts
Add the cashews into a bowl with water and let them soak while you prepare the soup.
Peel the Hokkaido pumpkin, cut it in half and scoop out the pips and insides. Then cut the Hokkaido and carrots into small squares. Add salt to the Hokkaido in a separate bowl.
In a big pot, heat the olive oil on a medium high heat. Add onion and after 2-3 minutes, add garlic and saute for a minute or two.
Add the Hokkaido, carrots and chopped ginger into very small and saute for a few minutes. Then add a water covering the Hokkaido and carrots. Bring the water to boil, cover the pot and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Take a hand blender and blend everything until very smooth.
Drain half of the water from the cashews and mix them in a blender until very smooth. Add more water if it’s too thick to mix. Add half of the cashew paste into the soup and stir.
Add all remaining ingredients and stir everything well.
Heat the soup again and serve with the cashew paste and pumpkin seeds. Enjoy 🙂
If you love ginger you can add even more to the soup. I added a lot more (4-5 cm) and it was still very good, especially for ginger loving people 😉 But start with a small amount.