Recipe Corner: Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who partook yesterday!

I hope you dined well, whether you turkeyed or tofuturkeyed or something else altogether. I don't know much about Thanksgiving except for the general themes of eating too much and being thankful. Sounds like the perfect holiday to me.

In the spirit of the event, here is a wee list of lard-busting things I am thankful for:

Internet Shopping – As much as I love wandering down the aisles of supermarkets admiring the goods, I hate the people. I hate when they meet their friends in the dairy aisle and park their trolleys nose to nose and chatter away oblivious to me trying to squeeze past. I hate the crowded car parks and the checkout queues and jumping up and down at the fish counter trying to get some service. I hate how miserable everyone looks.

So this is why I order groceries online and have them delivered for no more than the cost of trekking to the megamart on the bus. I plan a week's meals in advance, click click for ten minutes, then sit back while some other poor bastard has to scour the aisles with my shopping list then cart it to my door. And they don't "accidentally" chuck in cakes or bars of chocolate. It's a lard-buster's dream!

Dumbells Under The Bed – Again, I hate people. Bah, humbug. And I hate venturing out in the cold and dark, so I like to work out at home this time of year and not have to interact with the world.

Soup – Everything you need in a bowl. Easy to cook, easy to clean up. Endless leftovers. Equally healthy as, but far less fiddly than, a summer salad.

External Validation – The other day I had two separate people ask me if I'd lost weight. Amazing! This hasn't happened to me in so long. The first was a lovely woman who'd been away for six months and the other was someone I see in passing most days. They both used the word "load". As in, "Have you lost a load of weight?".

Dietgirl wept.

Actually, I just said, "Well, maybe a wee bit". Because I haven't lost anything, really. But I've been doing well for a few weeks now and had been annoyed with the scales as you well know, so to hear some nice words from impartial observers was a real boost to the ol' motivation. The number on the scale can faff around all it wants, but at the end of the day I just want to look like I take up less space, darnit.

Other things I'm thankful for: Good friends and internet people, emails from siblings, emerging biceps and Thursday night repeats of The Avengers on BBC4.

. . .

I've been meaning to apologise for my horribly slow email replies. But then I wondered if apologising would make me sound like a raging egomaniac, as though I can't get through the front door of our flat because there's just soooo many emails that they've all burst out of the computer and flooded the hallway. But then I figure if I don't say anything then it looks like I am a unresponsive snob. Hmm, dilemma!

So let me reassure you I have neither delusions of megastardom nor am I too important to answer my emails, I've just been a bit busy. Anyway I'm now down to 18 emails in my ReplyTo folder, and the oldest one is from late September so that's much better. Woohoo!

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Recipe Corner

Well it's not much of a corner, more the arse end of the page. But there's no time for pedantry, we have to make the world's most delicious soup. Allez allez!

Seriously, it's the best soup I've had in yonks. It comes from Good Food magazine and was described as "rustic and robust". I thought that a rather poncy and optimistic description but it was really sublime! Hearty, rich, smooth and sweet. And strangely creamy despite absence of actual creamy ingredients. Hubba hubba.


  • In the mag the soup was served with some fancy cheese croutons but I skipped those as I am trying to shrink, dammit.
  • The recipe said to roast the vegies with the herbs left on their stalks, and remove the leaves afterward. I thought that sounded far too fiddly so I just did that before it went into the oven.
  • I chopped the tomatoes in half before roasting, which was a bad move as the juices ran everywhere and the veggies were more steamed than roasted. Next time I'll leave them whole.
  • The recipe calls for pumpkin but I used butternut squash as that's all there bloody ever seems to be in the shops, except for Halloween. Then felt guilty as hell when I discovered my butternut had been flown in from NEW ZEALAND!?!

I don't have the recipe on me right now so I will blurt from memory and apologise in advance for any glaring inaccuracies! (Update – Have now checked recipe, should all be functional now!)

Serves: 4
Source: BBC Good Food

650 – 900g (1.5 – 2lb) chunk of winter pumpkin or squash, peeled and cut into cubes
450g (1lb) ripe tomatoes
one red onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
6 whole cloves of garlic, unpeeled
a few sprigs of each fresh rosemary and thyme (I used about 6 of each)
3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable or chicken stock

  1. Preheat oven to 220'C (430'F).
  2. Pull the leaves off the herb stalks and chop finely.
  3. Put all of the ingredients, except for the stock, into a roasting tin. Turn in your hands so everything is coated in oil. Roast, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes, turning occasionally, until it all looks… roasty.
  4. Remove veg from oven. Squeeze garlic cloves out of their skins.
  5. Scrape the veggies into a blender and liquidise with the stock, in two batches if necessary. (I just put the lot in a big pot then blasted to smithereens with my trusty hand-held pulveriser thingy)
  6. Pour into a large pot and heat a little if needed.
  7. Check seasoning then EAT. Ooh yeah.
  8. Actually, put it some bowls first, THEN eat. If you insist on being civilised.

Per serve: 212 calories, 12g fat

Bon weekend, you groovers!

22 thoughts on “Recipe Corner: Pumpkin and Tomato Soup

  1. Ooohh do you think you could use something else instead…. It sounds nice except for the pumpkin or buttersquash thingy hehe

    Sounds as though you are doing good! Keep it up, just because you cant see the difference doesn’t mean that you arent losing anything! Even if i have lost a bit of weight I seem to find that i convince myself that i really havent… hope that made sense!

    C x

  2. I very well just might have to try this internet food shopping thing. I’m very much an accidental chocolate bar chucker.

    The soup recipe seems doable. These are exactly the sorts a tips I’ve been needing, cheers.

  3. DietGirl, I adore you. And your blog. Your writing carries an amazing voice and is always entertaining and uplifting. And it makes me happy you think Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday!

  4. Thanks for the recipe. Will do it ASAP. Need easy cheap comfort food that is also energy giving you-can-keep-going-through-the-day food.

    I seem to be becoming a DG/FatBlogland fan. I need to look at my diet. Not because I need to lose weight, but because i need to lose stress and find energy. Comes to the same thing in the end – looking after your body equals looking after your mind and psyche, equals self respect and being able to achieve your full potential.
    Weight is just one aspect of the issue… the issue is health – OUR health!

    I love your blogs, thanks, and keep up the good work.

  5. Kiwi Butternut Squash! Don’t feel guilty, that thing probably read your blog and was honoured to be in your soup!

    I give thanks on internet shopping, dumbells under the bed and external validation too! (Oh, I’m also thankful for getting A’s in Computer Science courses despite having dreams of throwing you out of my house the night before the exam! :-D)

    Congrats on the external validation! The best measure of progress evaaaaar!

  6. Soup? I’m wondering how I can manage to cook this delicious sounding soup while standing in the humidity in my kitchen on the northern coast of NSW.
    Nah, it’s salad time here.
    I’m off to the beach. Shauny your head is in the right place and I can feel your determination across the miles. Grit those teeth and push on for those last few miles. It’s been a marathon but you are so close to the finish line. Go get em tiger. NJ

  7. Soup is definitely one of the good things about winter.

    When you do weights at home, do you still feel like you’re getting the same workout as at the gym? I always feel like I’m not doing as much. I dunno why, maybe cos it’s so less time consuming.

  8. I’m with you on the benefits of internet shopping! It has totally saved me this year. I’m due to have a baby in two weeks and couldn’t bear the thought of lugging my girth around shopping centres to buy christmas presents, especially toting a toddler in a pram (not to mention in this blazing Australian heatwave at the moment!) I don’t really mind the minimal delivery charges seeing as though I’m saving on petrol costs. All hail internet shopping!

  9. Oh God, yes! Online shopping is definitely the G.O.

    Christmas shopping is so much faster and easier, and I’m sure groceries would be too, if only I didn’t have 3 supermarkets within 2km of home. Of course, there IS that not walking past the blocks of chocolate thing to consider…

  10. Hiya,
    The mere mention of Red magazine has made me all nostalgic for a monthly mag that has a good balance of fashion, health and gossip without telling you that:
    a) you need to work in fasion to be interesting
    b) you need to be a size 10 otherwise you wont be interesting
    c) whilst you are buying the prada bag, make sure you are also doing your bit for the environment
    d) preferabley be size 10 and work in fashion…

    I will just have to buy them 3 months out from here.

    Well done on the progress – I am a “pussycat” reader that has lurked. You have inspired me to get off my ever expanding but and take some accountability for it.
    Also I have a report due for uni that I am procrastinating about!

  11. Hello, I found your blog after reading Red magazine in the bath today. Quite fitting since I stepped on the scales and realised I have gained three pounds in the last fortnight and that is pre-Christmas. Yikes! You’ve done an amazing job with your weightloss.

  12. Online shopping is definitely the only way to go unless you’re as lazy as me and go whole hog, ordering the prepared meals online. Hurrah for the pumpkin soup – need something for the leftover pumpkin decoration from Halloween and Thanksgiving!

  13. and cheers for the comments everyone. and i agree that Red mag rocks, i was so chuffed to be mentioned in the article. it’s the only one i subscribe to! it’s got a good balance of fluff and intelligence…

  14. Sounds yummy. I made butternut squash soup recently, it would have been awesome with tomato.

    I also love online groc shopping and would love a little external validation already 🙂

  15. yes, it’s from the olive oil, according to my calorie counter. 45 ml olive oil = 405 cals, 45g fat, so 11.25g fat per serve (i rounded up). i didn’t have a problem with three tablespoons of olive oil shared across four bowls of soup but you could always roast the vegies without any oil.

  16. I just made this soup and wanted to let you know that 4 years after the last comment was made – it is still excellent! Your recipes are an EXTREMELY VALUABLE resource. I work from home and about 5ish when I’ve just about had enough I’ll browse your site for dinner inspiration – so thank you for your generosity and diligence in compiling them.

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