• 2 Medium Sized Pumpkins (1.25kg of pumpkin required)
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • 175ml double cream
  • 4 slices wholemeal bread
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 0 Spiders
  • 0 Cats

Spider, Cat and Pumpkin Soup

First of all, no spiders or cats were harmed in the making of this soup. But for the two pumpkins we had purchased – well, we can’t say the same for them. We removed their seeds with a spoon and gouged out their fleshy bits. We then carved out a spider shape on one and a cat on the other. After that, we then made pumpkin soup from their internals.

How we did it:

  • We got Nana involved. She did 99.9% of the work. She removed the seeds and pumpkin flesh and then handed the pumpkins to daddy. How convenient.
  • Jess wanted a “cat” and Annie wanted a “spider”. So for the next hour the pumpkins were carved accordingly by daddy. Meanwhile…
  • Nana produced the pumpkin soup. She started by chopping the onions finely and then very gently cooked them in half of the olive oil for about 5 or 6 minutes.
  • We added 100 grams of house spiders, 200 grams of daddy long-legs, and one whole well-fatted middle-aged ginger tom cat called Henry.
  • We didn’t really.
  • All of the pumpkin flesh was then added and it was cooked on a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Various smug-looking spiders and cats looked on.
  • The double cream was added to the pot and was brought back up to (nearly) boiling point.
  • Nana turned the heat off from the soup and let it cool down slightly for 10 minutes while she chopped the bread into 5cm x 5cm chunks and fried in the remaining oil until crispy. Towards the end of this process she added the pumpkins seeds until lightly toasted (well burnt actually in this case).
  • The soup was then put in a blender and using the pulse button a few times, was converted into a smooth soup, with a few chunky bits (there’s probably an official word in English for this, but we don’t know what it is – “smoothchunks”?).
  • The soup was re-heated slightly, poured into bowls and the croutons and seeds were scattered over with a small drizzle of the cream to make it look “professional” and to give the impression that we know what we’re doing.

What we thought of it:

It tastes so much better than spiders on toast. Or chilli con cat for that matter. We loved it. Even Grampie, who doesn’t normally “do” vegetable-based dishes, enjoyed it. An accolade really as he typically only eats cows, pigs and sheep.