Audrey carved the Pumpkin Man and I used his huge eyes, tiny nose and smily mouth to make a pumpkin soup. I also cleaned the seeds, boiled them with a couple of star anises, salt and Chinese Five Spice powder, and then baked them at 250 F for two hours.
As I drank the soup and cracked the seeds, I looked up at the Pumpkin Man in between bites, and for a second I seemed to feel him watching me eating him, and I feared that I might be traumatizing him. And he would come after me when the lights went out… If I don’t have a new post tomorrow, you will know that the Pumpkin Man has had his revenge.
The girls went out with their friends. Peter and I had a movie date after dinner and we saw CitizenFour, a provocative documentary about Edward Snowden and global surveillance of all electronic communications by the NSA. The film portrayed another kind of spooky man, who lurks behind everyone’s cell phone and computer, and I suppose it was ironically fitting for a Halloween night.
2 cup raw cubed pumpkin
1/2 onion, chopped
2 clove garlic, crushed
2 carrots, chopped
4 slices peeled ginger
a dash of each ground cumin, paprika, turmeric and coriander
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups chicken broth (or water if vegetarian)
Sauté onion, garlic, ginger and carrots until soft and slightly caramelized, and move them into the soy milk machine.
Add in pumpkin and chicken broth and turn the machine to DRIED BEAN.