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What you need:
1 medium  pumpkin (cut into quarters)
2tsp curry powder
1tsp cumin
1tbsp olive oil
300g lean minced beef or lamb
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 leek, finely chopped
100g frozen peas
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
10ml Worcestershire sauce
1tbsp tomato puree
200ml beef stock made from concentrate cube
1tsp thyme

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 200C /400F /gas mark 6.

Place the pumpkin onto a roasting tray, drizzle over a little olive oil, season to taste and cook until soft and golden, then cool.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the lean minced beef until browned then remove from the pan. In the same pan fry the onions and leek until soft. Add the mince back to the pan with the garlic and thyme, fry for 2 minutes.

Now add the tin tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock and simmer for 25 minutes.

Now add the tomato puree and frozen peas and stir, season to taste and transfer to small oven proof dish. Take your cooled, roasted pumpkin and with a spoon, scoop the flesh into a bowl then mash with a fork.

Mix in the curry powder and cumin, spread the pumpkin over the minced beef and bake  in oven around for 20-25 minutes.

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What you need:

1 Onion ( peeled and diced)
1 Carrot  (peeled and diced)
1 Stick of Celery (chopped)
1 litre (4 1/4 cups) of Chicken Stock (you can use a stock cube if needed)
1/2 a medium Pumpkin
1tbsp Double Cream
2 tsp Honey

What you do:

Bring the stock to a simmer in a saucepan, and add the onion, carrot and celery. Continue to simmer for a further 20 minutes
Add the pumpkin, and simmer until soft (approx. 20 minutes more)

Remove from heat.

Add 1 tbsp Double cream, and 2 tsp Honey, and stir well.

Pour into bowls while hot and eat with plenty of crusty bread.

Drizzle a little cream on top with a teaspoon (if you feel like being fancy) and top with a sprig of parsley or a couple of chives.

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