This recipe is true to my attempt to maintain the no-fuss style of cooking I enjoy on a daily basis. I could fancify it by roasting the pumpkin myself, which could do wonderful things for the flavor. I could add other squash to mix things up, but I leave these additions, deletions and modifications in your capable hands.
I believe recipes are meant to be individualized. Take a look at some of the most used cookbooks that belong(ed) to older relatives. Are there notes in the margins? If we approach our recipe collections as sacred texts, we’ll miss out on new, creative, simpler, easier, more fun, faster, more impressive, etc., ways of making our favorite foods. The authors of cook books may know a lot about food; they may bring us some fantastic flavor combinations, but they aren’t perfect. Even if they are the best chefs in the world, they don’t have the same tastes and preferences as you do. Maybe you can’t stand cumin, or maybe you love it more than the author of this recipe. Even if it calls for 1/8 tsp, you get to decide if a little more or a little less improves the flavor as you experience it.
I say, try the recipe as it is (barring any strong dislikes or allergies), and then modify it from there. The recipe I have for Asian slaw simply does not work without lime juice (as far as I am concerned)- the flavor is drastically different if you use lemon juice instead. However, there are other times where you could make substitutions that are just as tasty, if not better suited to your preferences, as the original.
For today, here is a recipe that is easy to modify and scale up/down for portions. It’s also my submission for this month’s Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free!
Ingredients: (makes 1-2 servings)
1 C canned pumpkin puree
3/4 to 1 can coconut milk (~12 oz can)
1 tsp grated or minced ginger
Lemon or Kosher salt
Melt a chunk of butter (or splash of oil) in a pot and add pumpkin. Heat through, stirring constantly.
Stir in coconut milk to desired consistency. (I liked it on the thinner side)
Add seasonings to taste, heat through and serve.