Cannibalizing the Pumpkin Man


Joan the teenage revolutionary in front of Tian An Men Square

There is a famous revolutionary song about Mao’s Long March I used to sing as a child call “Red rice and Pumpkin Soup.”  Pumpkin soup was considered peasant food — the opposite of Bourgeois — therefore revolutionary. Even today pumpkin soup is still emblematic for a plain life style touted by the Party for its officers.


CCTV posted Xi eating pumpkin soup with the soldiers and the officers and named the event Red Rice and Pumpkin Soup

I of course no longer associate pumpkin soup with revolution. I anticipate Autumn’s abundance when I see pumpkins arriving in the market. Fall is my favorite season.

I sat across from the Pumpkin Man at the breakfast table this morning, drinking my tea and contemplating his fate. In the end, I couldn’t let the Pumpkin Man go.  He’s now been hacked to pieces and occupying both my refrigerators.  I grew up not having enough food and I simply hate to waste anything, let alone a perfectly good pumpkin.


It is true that the Pumpkin Man was not raised to be yummy; he was raised to look good.  But he turned out to be quite worthy of admiration in the form of an almond flour pumpkin bread.



2 cups pumpkin puree (roasted at 350F and pureed in Vitamix)

3 large eggs

3 egg whites

1/4 cup blackstrap molasses or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum (optional)

In a mixing bowl, mix Pumpkin puree, eggs, egg whites, vanilla and molasses.  In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients.  Mix the wet and dry together with a hand mixer.  Move mixed ingredients into two loaf pans and bake at 350F for 40 minutes.




Since the oven was already on, I decided to make another bread and some muffins in a different flavor:


1 cup almond flour

1/2 oat bran

1/2 coconut flour

1/2 pumpkin puree

3/4 cup raisins

2 eggs

2 apples

4 tbsp. xylitol

1tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

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2 thoughts on “Cannibalizing the Pumpkin Man

  1. What is the red heart in the teacup? Is it a reflection or something inside the cup? Like a bit of love inside each cup! Your husband and daughter share the same face shape and you can see the love in these photos. Thanks for sharing.


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