Halloween is two days away and the world is going pumpkin crazy once again. Pumpkin cake, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin everything. It reminds me of asparagus season in Germany, even though there is no such thing as asparagus latte (yet).
In Germany Halloween isn’t a big deal. It may have become more popular over the last decade or so due to the influence and popularity of US movies and TV shows. I’m in my late 20s now and when I was a child no one dressed up to demand “Süßes oder Saures” (=trick or treat). We had Martinssingen instead. Instead of costumes and pumpkins children had lanterns. I remember making a lantern with my mum and being super super proud of it. The children go from door to door with their lanterns and sing for sweets. Essentially it’s pretty similar to Halloween so while Halloween is probably getting more popular in Germany I don’t think it will take over – we have our own little thing ;)
I remember my first Halloween in UK – I was more excited than the kids that came to our house! It was just a couple of weeks after we had moved in. We were trying to assemble our lovely IKEA wardrobe and every time the doorbell rang I bounced off. Never has it taken longer for two people to put together a piece of IKEA furniture.
Pumpkin and Ginger Soup
I really enjoy this pumpkin and ginger soup. You’ll need very few ingredients for this, yet the soup is full of flavour with a pleasant spiciness. I prefer this soup medium spicy and rather thick, almost like watery mash (even though that doesn’t sound particularly appetising :P). The curry paste I use is quite hot so you may want to use less if you don’t fancy hot dishes too much. Same for the coconut milk. If you like your soup to be more soupy, simply increase the amount of coconut milk to your taste.