Once cooked, transfer the pumpkin to a blender and blend in batches with some coconut cream. Pour it into a saucepan and once all the pumpkin has been pureed put it back onto the heat and season with some salt and also a teaspoon or two of sugar to balance the flavours out.
I've made regular pumpkin soup many many times before, especially in winter, to take to work and stuff and I think that because I kept making it the same way and eating so much of it I've been slightly turned off by the thought of pumpkin soup now. The addition of the curry paste, coconut cream and all the other ingredients really does give this humble soup quite a good kick.
The combination of pumpkin and coconut cream actually takes me back to my childhood, when mum used to always cook a chunky pumpkin and coconut cream soup to eat with rice at dinner time. Her version was a prawn/pork broth with large pieces of pumpkin and sometimes she would add some minced pork and dried shrimp to it too. I would find myself just mashing up the pumpkin and coconut flavoured broth and mixing it through my rice turning it all orange and eating it just as it is. Mum has stopped adding coconut cream to this soup over the years though possibly due to health concerns but I miss it. This soup brings me back to those days but with a more evolved taste sensation. It probably would have been a little bit on the too spicey side for my young taste buds at that time.
Ryan absolutely loved my soup and said to me yesterday that he was craving for some more and that the little serve he got on Saturday was just not enough for him to appreciate the flavour of the soup. So today I went and bought a pumpkin and thought I would make it again. I added more stock and coconut cream but found that it was still quite thick. I don't mind though as I love my soups thick (depending on what it is though). Also I used the last of my red curry paste to make the first batch I used the curry paste I made for Massaman curry I had in the freezer which worked fine.
This soup had a much more intense flavour and slightly spicier than the first batch (possibly because I added more curry paste too hehe), I couldn't help but lick all the spoons and even the pot and ran my finger down the sides of the blender to not waste a single drop. That's how much I loved this soup! =D
** Oh and I just realised it's been 3 months since I started this thing, feels like I've been doing it for ages! Maybe because I've been taking photos of my cooking/food for so long already. Happy 3 months bloggy!**