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September 23, 2020


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Deb in Hawaii

I have seen the tromboncino squash before but never cooked it. Your soup looks warming and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays, (The book sounds interesting too.) ;-)

Simona Carini

You should try it, Deb. It's so cute and also good (by the way, I have a pot of the soup on my stove right now :) You are welcome, my pleasure.


What a perfect way to comfort yourself! And thank goodness for books. Many thanks for keeping this event going, Simona. (I wonder if we can get tromboncino squash at our farmers' market... I hope so. I hope so.)

Simona Carini

Thank goodness for books, indeed, Elizabeth, in this and other circumstances when we need comfort. You are welcome: it is a great, enduring pleasure to get people together 3 times a year for Novel Food. In terms of the tromboncino squash, seeds are available and if you ask farmers you know they may be intrigued by this squash. Just last Sunday I snatched two more and can't wait to turn them into soup :)


I just looked at some of the photos of tromboncino squash growing and realize that we have seen them growing in some gardens that we have bicycled by! Now that I know they are an Italian heirloom seed, we'll look for seeds next year at the garden centre near the neighbourhood where there are many Italian immigrants living.

In the meantime, we will have to content ourselves with butternut squash (which is a favourite to make into soup with ginger, garlic, and lime juice - it's a recipe I copied from Gourmet Magazine Sept 1987). But your soup with Moroccan spice mixtures sounds truly wonderful. I think we neeeeed to make it!

(I have just downloaded a libray e-copy of "The Man From Beijing" by Henning Mankell. Wow. It starts out very well, doesn't it? Thank you for the recommendation.)

Debra Eliotseats

That is a beautiful squash. I would love to try to grow that next season. I'll pass on the book but would definitely take a bowl of soup!

Simona Carini

It would be so cool if you find the seeds and grow it, Elizabeth! I also like butternut squash for soup. In fact, I have already bought a couple for that purpose, small ones, which I like. Yes, the novel's beginning is intense: it makes you wonder what kind of rage makes a person do that, doesn't it? I have another novel by Mankell without Wallander on my reading list :)
P.S. I am currently reading a Deborah Crombie mystery (I described the series in this Novel Food post: https://www.pulcetta.com/2014/06/carrot-fromage-blanc-tart-torta-salata-carote.html )

Simona Carini

I hope you find the seeds, Debra. I just roasted another one last night and will make more soup today. It is pretty and I love the dense flesh. I imagine it could be used in zucchini dishes where having less moisture is a plus (I am thinking fritters or bread). Mankell's mysteries are rather intense, crime-wise, so I understand preferring lighter reading. The current Cook the Books selection, though still a mystery, fits the bill :)

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