So I have an abundance of pumpkins so trying to use them. Today was my A Taste of Old Colony History zoom. We made mini pumpkin pies while learning their history.
Here are my pies. Some of the crusts are thicker than others, but they are tasty. I did use our pumpkin rather than canned. Plus I used our lard instead of shortening in the crust.
Then I made Soup Joumou. I didn’t realize it while I was cooking it, but “it has a powerful story behind it. This traditional Haitian soup, made with a Caribbean pumpkin called Joumou, was once a delicacy reserved for white enslavers but forbidden to the enslaved people who cooked it. After Haiti won its independence from France on January 1, 1804, Haitians made a tradition of eating the soup each Independence Day (which also happens to be New Year’s Day) to celebrate their freedom.” So I made it early. But I was able to use a lot of our farm’s foods including pumpkin, chicken, rutabagas (I used instead of potatoes), scallions, corn, parsley and thyme. I have a stash of dried scotch bonnet peppers because I cannot find them here fresh.
It is good, and I like a tropical soup after a nasty rainy day. Plus I used up some pumpkin!