It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

And this is the pumpkin patch behind my parents house in Austria. Pumpkins, more than other seasonal fruits and veggies play an important in rural live. Both, folkloric and economical. But either way, pumpkins when other fields are already harvested and are laying bare, are still projecting their colors. Almost like somebody has forgotten ….

And if you remember, a few weeks ago I took some pictures of the autumn season at the Beqaa Valley …..

Pretty aren’t they.

So, then ,,, 

Let’s get cooking then …

Kürbis-Erdäpfel Gulasch

Pumpkin & Potato Gulyás

1 kg Pumpkin (with seeds)

2 boiled potatoes

1 leek stalk

1/2 teasp Caraway seeds

1 teasp Coriander seeds

a few white peppercorn

3 tblsp Butter

¾ l – 1 l Chicken or vegetable stock

Salt

125 g Fresh cream

1 tblsp Chopped parsley

a few leaves of fresh thyme

              •      Peel the pumpkin
              •      Take out the seeds thoroughly rinse and dry, put aside for later
              •      Cut the pumpkin into large pieces
              •      Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes
              •      Clean the leek and cut into stripes (Juliennes).
              •      Grind the caraway-, coriander-seeds and peppercorns in a spice mill
              •      Sweat the leek in 2 tblsp of butter
              •      Add the pumpkin, potato and spices sauté
              •      Sauté for a minute, cover and cook over low heat for about 15 min
              •      Add the hot (!) stock, bring to a boil and continue cooking for about 25    on LOW heat.
              •      Puree about 1/3 of the soup (or all of it if you prefer)
              •      Sauté the pumpkinseed in 1 tblsp of butter until golden and crispy
              •      Salt the pumpkinseed lightly
              •      Whip the cream
              •      Taste soup and season if needed
              •      Plate in your favorite soup bowl or plate
              •      Add a dollop of cream
              •      Garnish with the pumpkin seeds and herbs

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Published by ChefThomas

… born in Upper Austria’s Wels, I have done most of my growing up in Vienna. Only by sheer accident did I fall into the trade of Pâtissier. After a short apprentice ship at a Viennese Bakery, I was accepted for apprentice ship, at "K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäcker Demel’s Söhne", one of the oldest patisseries in Vienna. Learning the trade from the very basics, as the Emperor two Centuries ago would have expected from a "Pâtissier to the Royal and Imperial Court" (That is what the older Pâtissier still calls himself). I soon took to travel the world. From patisseries in America, to hotels in the Far East, Africa and the Middle East, did I accumulate a wealth of experience, ranging from bakeries to first class restaurants in major hotels to banquets for Presidents, Sultans and Heads of States and other famous, infamous and not so famous people. But the true excitement for me is in the "Viennese Café". Not just as an occupation, but as an institution in it own right.

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