Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Pumpkin Soup

As I sat down with my warm crusty bread and  big bowl of steaming pumpkin soup last night I felt  guilty as my soup was of the lazybones variety. It was store bought. I contemplated pumpkin soup and wondered how long it had been on Aussie menus.

The go-to place for my answer was a no brainer  - Trove of course.

The first recipe I found was in 1843. I thought Pumpkin soup was an Australian dish but it seems to have come from France.

1843 'ENGLISH EXTRACTS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 October, p. 3. , viewed 23 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12408180
There were no onions in the recipe published in 1865.

1865 'HOUSEHOLD RECEIPTS.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 18 March, p. 20. , viewed 23 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197036884
It's interesting to note the lack of precise measurements in this next recipe from 1885. That's how my grandmother cooked, I don't think she owned a set of scales or measuring spoons.

1885 'THE HOUSE.', The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), 11 March, p. 2. (Afternoon Edition.), viewed 23 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208343944
One hundred years later in 1985 chef, Stephanie Alexander, discusses pumpkin soup and shares her recipe.

1985 'STEPHANIE'S FOOD', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 29 September, p. 60. (GOOD WEEKEND), viewed 23 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128258205
Let's also share a thought for Geoff who had the ingredient for a bumper batch of pumpkin soup.

1999 'top grower', Times (Victor Harbor, SA : 1987 - 1999), 8 July, p. 14. , viewed 23 May 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196861628

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