It’s a Japanese pumpkin also known as Kabocha! I know, I know pumpkin season is pretty much over, but I can’t stop myself. I LOVE it!
It does not resemble our traditional American pumpkin at all, except for maybe the size, but on the inside it looks just like one with the seeds and all.
There were many delicious looking Kabocha recipes on the internet. The recipes featured soy sauce, thai curry paste, coconut milk and many different herbs. I decided to make a quick and easy soup.
To bake the kabocha, I sliced it in half scooped out the seeds and then roasted it for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.
Once the kabocha was almost cooked I sauteed half an onion in olive oil until tender in a large pot. Then I simply scooped out the kabocha flesh, added vegeteable broth (just enough to cover the kabocha) and let it cook for 15 minutes.
Then I added about 2 T of heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper and curry powder and stirred.
Then puree it anyway you can, I used an immersion blender. This is the best device!
Served with bread (of course) and topped with parsley.
However, next time I’m skipping the parsley, it just made it annoying and did not pair that well with the soup.
How could I forget to mention how healthy this squash is? Well it is actually just as healthy as any other winter squash, but just in case you forgot winter squash is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber, low in calories and a good source of magnesium, potassium, maganase, thiamin, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, niacin and folate. Source
On a doggie note, I recently purchased them new beds. Dempsey has been eating his blankets and they are starting to smell like dog (go figure). I found a really good site called Dr. Fosters & Smith. They had great black Friday deals and give free shipping $50 dollars or more. I had my eye on these Cozy Cave beds last year, but they were kinda expensive. They both love to burrow so I figured they would love this bed. At Dr. Fosters & Smith they were half off! So I got a small one for Dempsey and a large one for Rizzy (did not have medium).
My main desire in a bed for them is that the cover is machine washable. When we first got Dempsey I got him a bed that you had to wash the whole thing. It was soo annoying to wash! This cover looks easy to wash, so hopefully it won’t be hard to keep clean.
Look how curious they were! Well after putting treats in the bed.
They had no idea how to use it. Actually, Dempsey still doesn’t but Rizzy got the hang of it. She even loves the smaller one!
I hope Dempsey comes to love it too. If not, Dr. Fosters & Smith offers free returns too which is wonderful.
Have a good day!