Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup

As soon as I feel the temperature drop slightly, it’s overcast, and I can pretend it’s winter, the first thing I do is get a pot of soup on the stove. Today I decided it called for Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup. Unfortunately, as the day proceeded, it did get brighter and warmer but I wasn’t going to let that stop me, plans had been laid.

Finished Soup

This soup is truly delicious, my daughter, Bec, gave me the recipe quite a few years ago and since then it could have been tweaked slightly and feel free to do the same. The amount of chilli, fennel and thyme for example is totally a matter of taste. If you don’t like the heat, tone it down. Some people don’t like fennel, I really can’t understand this, but you can leave it out or substitute something you love. It’s very versatile.

Because you roast the vegetables they develop a slight crust, so when they are blended there may be little flecks of brown through the soup but that is just caramelised goodness. There is no need to chop the onion too finely as you will be pureeing it later. On this occasion I used dried thyme, because my plant had died and there is no way I’ll pay $4 for a bunch of thyme at the supermarket, and it still turned out tasty.

Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup
Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup
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4 serves
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Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup
Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup
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4 serves
4 serves
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  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the pumpkin on one side of a baking dish and the potato on the other then drizzle both with a little of the olive oil. Sprinkle the pumpkin with dried chillies and fennel seeds and scatter the potato with thyme leaves, then season both vegetables with salt and pepper. Bake pumpkin and potato for approx. 35-40 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
    Raw Vegetables
  2. Heat a large saucepan, add the remaining olive oil and butter and fry the onion and garlic until soft and translucent. Add the pumpkin and potato and roughly mash. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  3. At this stage you can choose to blend until smooth with either a hand held blender or food processor. Return to the pan and reheat if necessary.
  4. Stir through the cream and season to taste. Serve with cracked black pepper and crusty bread.
    Spicy Roast Pumpkin and Potato Soup
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Nasi Lemak Korner, Como

Claude and I were so glad to find Nasi Lemak Korner open for lunch on Easter Monday. Having seen lots of pictures on Instagram, we were really looking forward to trying authentic Malaysian Street Food. Last year we went on cruise with stops at Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, so that is the only time we have tried Malaysian food.


The ambience of the restaurant was lovely with a combination of traditional and modern decor. Although when we arrived, just after 12 it was not full, a lot of tables were reserved. We were shown to a table however it only had stools and as both of us hate sitting on stools, our old bones like backs on our chairs, we asked if we could have a different table. I was impressed that that even though most tables were reserved they managed to find us a lovely table at the front of the restaurant. It didn’t take long for the restaurant to start filling up and by the time we left it was full. 



We ordered sparkling water and for entree decided to share vegetable spring rolls and beef satay. The spring rolls looked a little anaemic but they were very crispy and delish. I loved the satay sauce, I could have just drank it out of the bowl, but the beef was slightly overcooked resulting in it being a little dry. Not bad, just disappointing.

Vegetable Spring Rolls Satay Satay and Spring Rolls

I was excited as although normally they only do Roti on the week end, as this was a public holiday, I was able to order Murtabak Daging, a Malaysian Roti with a filling of curried beef. It was a bit of a let down as although as the Roti was light and beautifully cooked the beef had very little taste, there was certainly no curry hit. The curry sauce that accompanied it was extremely flavourful, so when dipped in, the Roti was yum.


My Nasi Lemak with Rendang Curry was amazing. I couldn’t really taste the coconut in the rice but the curry was spicy with just the right amount of heat. The sambal was also exceptional.

Beef Rendang

Claude really enjoyed his Nasi Goreng with perfectly cooked prawns and tender squid. The egg on top had a silky runny yolk, perfect.

Nasi Goreng2

Over all the service was polite and friendly, the prices reasonable and I think the food is probably the closest you will get to Malaysian food in Perth. We will certainly be going back.

Outside Wall

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South Beach B & B, South Fremantle

I have to admit, I love Fremantle, and would gladly move there if I could, so recently, as we had a lot of reasons to venture there, I couldn’t have been happier. We had a party to attend in Fremantle so thought instead of catching a taxi there and back we’d stay at a little B & B on South Terrace. Situated on the corner of Scott Street, the South Beach B & B is in an excellent location and definitely represents value for money. There is also free parking in Scott Street.

Exterior of South Beach B & B

South Beach B & B

I didn’t get a picture of the front, but this one is from Booking.com where you can get more information and it’s the site we booked on.

Hall Stand

Welcoming hallstand with Port and Chocolates

From the moment you entered you could tell they had an eye for detail. The beautifully lit hall stand with a decanter of Port and a crystal bowl of chocolates, which I dipped into later in the night, was so welcoming and homely.


Our Room

Our room was charming and everything you could need had been thought of. The bed was comfortable, with a gorgeous fireplace and the room was very clean, what more could you ask for, well maybe the ensuite could have been a little larger. It did make for a bit of a comedy routine as we both tried to get ready in this tiny room.


The hosts Pete and Sally were away for the weekend so Pete’s sister, unfortunately I didn’t get her name, did an excellent job of stepping in for them.

Breakfast room

Lounge Area

We had breakfast in the lovely enclosed breakfast area, as it was much too windy to sit outside. The breakfast was simple, cereal, juice, coffee and fresh bread, which was still warm,  but it looked so lovely.


Breakfast Room

I loved the room and our host and would recommend this B & B to anyone wishing to stay in the area.

There will be more from Fremantle over the next few posts.


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