Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's Not Pretty

I'd better warn you, this may be a bit of a rant today, so you may just want to skip to the recipe. This morning, I read an article about the healthcare bill. Then, Joseph mentioned being behind a Mom with her small child yesterday, whose shopping cart was packed full of Twinkies, Little Debbie snack cakes, and other assorted junk foods. Which she then paid for with food stamps. I've always thought it made more sense to promote prevention and wellness, than focus on care of dis-ease. The light bulb came on. Wouldn't it make sense to allow food stamps to buy only real food, food that our ancestors would have recognized? No high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and the like. As Michael Pollan espouses. The health of everyone in the family would improve, the little ones would learn about and get a taste for real food, the farmers would seemingly benefit (rather than the agro-conglomerates), and we would all benefit from lower healthcare costs and a larger number of productive members of society, due to improved health and energy. Now, I know there are probably some holes in this theory, but it sure seems like a win-win situation at first glance. Something that may move us a step closer to where we're trying to get as a society.

OK, on to the recipe. I found this recipe in a recent Backwoods Home magazine. I may not agree with everything in the magazine, but there are some real treasures, including Jackie Clay.

Grandma's Pumpkin Soup

2 tbs vegetable oil
1 minced onion
1 minced sweet pepper
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 c cooked, pureed pumpkin
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 c chicken stock (I use vegi stock)
1 c cream (more or less to suit you)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, heat oil and saute onions, pepper, and garlic until soft. Add pumpkin and spices and saute until aroma is released from curry and cumin. Add stock and cream. Heat through. Taste and adjust seasoning. Makes 4 small servings.

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we have. And forgive me if I have offended thee.


cookingwithgas said...

I will put that soup on my list of things to make!
Mark had it twice- for the guy who does not "like" pumpkin soup- he enjoyed every bite.
PS- rant away.

Anonymous said...

oh my. apparently we share a brain in some fashion.

i was nodding so vigorously through this one i thought my head mights fall off.

come visit. i just put a link up on my post earlier today that you will love.

weird timing.....

Jill said...

Thanks for posting and adding the links... I agree with you!
I'll add the recipe soon for the Liquore alle more.. ;)

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

1. The soup sounds DELICIOUS. It's on next week's menu.

2. Your "rant" makes total sense. Therefore, I don't classify it as a rant. I think it fits more in the category of "just spreading the seeds of change, one thought at a time." :)