The April List and an Autumn soup


Hello! Here we are on the cusp of F.O.O.D Week, with endless jobs to do, and here I am faffing about on the computer. But as mentioned previously this week, an April List of cooking and reading is well overdue so here goes.

Pear, pumpkin and sage soup

This one is Autumn in a bowl and heavily influenced by a recipe given on page 92 of my new favourite book Hugh's Three Good Things on a Plate, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  In between putting this little post together, I've been making vast quantities of it to serve as a starter at our Farm Kitchen events tomorrow and the kitchen is smelling amazing!

1kg butternut or jap pumpkin
5 cloves garlic (bashed but unpeeled)
1/2 cup sage leaves
Olive oil, sea salt and pepper
500g Red Anjou or other pears (ours came from Nashdale Fruit Company)
700ml chicken stock
100g butter

Preheat oven to 180C. Peel the pumpkin and chop roughly. Place in deep roasting tin with the garlic, sage and a good few glugs of olive oil. Season well and place in the oven for 45 minutes (tossing about half way through). Near the end of the cooking time, peel, core and quarter the pears and add them to the pan. Toss everything about again and cook for a further 25 minutes or until the pears are soft. Blend in batches with the stock and butter until smooth. Serve in deep, warm bowls with warm buttered rolls.

Serve with a drizzle of chilli oil and a few toasted pumpkin seeds.  Serves 4-6.

And here to finish today's post, two beautiful little films about two different but inspiring producers. The first comes from Tiger in a Jar and the second via Whole Larder Love and Smith Journal.


  1. Oh thanks Sophie for the shout out! Am off to explore all of your beautiful other finds now...thank-you x

    1. Thanks Emma! I am so looking forward to reading more on your beautiful site. Sophie

  2. That soup recipe sounds gorgeous!!...Thank you for sharing...xv

    1. Thanks Vicki! Hope all is well with you, Sophie


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