Celebrating My Heritage: Bajan Pumpkin Soup!

Source: www.eatlikeagirl.com
Source: http://www.eatlikeagirl.com

My salt fish cakes which I made last weekend were to die for!  They were so delicious they didn’t even last long enough for me to take any photos to post here for you.  As soon as they came out of the frying pan they disappeared – just like that.

But hopefully it’s back to the kitchen this weekend to make my favourite soup: Pumpkin! There’s absolutely nothing like a hot steaming bowl of beautifully garnished Bajan (another word for Barbadian) pumpkin soup.  This soup soothes and solves all your problems in one go, it’s that good of a comfort food BUT not all pumpkin soups are created equal!

I’ve never made it myself, but there’s always a first time and I’ll be using the easy peasy recipe shown here (again, taken from Sally Miller’s book entitled: Bajan Cooking In a Nutshell).  I haven’t gotten any pumpkin as yet mind you, but there’s still time – I hope!

So come join me, and happy cooking! 

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

The two main varieties of pumpkin found in the Caribbean are Garden and Belly. Belly pumpkin is more fibrous and most commonly used for soups. This soup is also delicious made with butternut squash.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1lb/500g chicken with bones and skin or left over baked chicken bones
  • 5 cups 40floz/1.2L of water
  • Sprigs of thyme, parsley and marjoram
  • Celery leaves or a stick of celery
  • 1-2 whole, green topped spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 onion
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1oz/30g butter
  • 3lbs/1.5kg Pumpkin


  • Fresh cream
  • Parsley or thyme

If using chicken, remove any fat, but not the skin since it gives the stock a good flavour.

Place all the ingredients except the pumpkin and the butter into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and then simmer on a medium heat for 1/2 hour.

Remove all the chicken and vegetables from the stock by pouring through a colander or strainer and return to the heat in the saucepan with the pumpkin peeled and roughly chopped. Boil for 1/2 hour or until the pumpkin is well cooked. If using chicken, either add the cooked chicken meat to the soup or use it otherwise.

Cool and mix in a blender and add salt and pepper to taste.

Freeze if not serving immediately.

When ready to serve, reheat over a medium heat.

Serve garnished with fresh parsley or a small blob of cream, dropped in the centre of each bowl and swirled gently with a pointed knife or toothpick.

Serves 4-6 

Source: www.food.com
Source: http://www.food.com
Bajan Cooking in a Nutshell by Sally Miller
Bajan Cooking in a Nutshell by Sally Miller





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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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