This spicy, warm pumpkin soup is just what your fall menu is calling for. Add deliciously fried polenta cakes in place of ordinary bread or biscuits, and you have an extraordinary winter dish.
There’s a certain, rather pleasant stereotype regarding the autumn season in New York. It’s a nostalgic yet thoroughly modern scene, city blocks lined with browning memorial trees blanketed in fog laden air, while the pedestrian crowds begin succumbing the first October chill, fading into their long coats and scarves. Each year, this metropolitan scene plays out as masterfully as if Stevenson himself had composed the plot and set the scene.
As a gourmet with an intentionally overdeveloped palate, and practiced appreciation for my trade, I like to think that the season’s flavors, particular to the New York region whose culinary culture is in a constant state of blissful flux, has at least something to do with it.
Take today’s offering for example, an autumn themed pumpkin soup, which pulls together and fuses a range of influences, from grilled jalapeno and marinated artichoke hearts, to ground cumin and oregano, to parmesan and fresh rosemary. For added measure, I like to serve this soup alongside a platter of homemade polenta cakes, which perfectly completes the autumn setting.
While this may not be the first thing you think of when you consider autumn in New York, I urge you to give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Enjoy with Love,