Sweet Potato and Pear Bisque, Pumpkins and Halloween

What comes to mind when you see the color orange? Why, Sweet  Potato and Pear Bisque of course. It’s  a smooth , healthy, warming treat, that’s a perfect fanfare for an Autumn meal—Autumn, when leaves are burnished with orange, and flame-colored pumpkins are waiting in great patches to delight the local children.

Brilliant fall trees

Dale’s World:

Sweet Potato and Pear Bisque

A bisque is a rich soup that uses only pure vegetable puree as its thickener. One of the first bisques I tried was a soup that required 15 tomatoes, some herbs and a little cream. It was so fresh! And it doesn’t have to be that hard. A homemade bisque will make you feel pampered.  [RuthAnn]

Ingredients

2 Sweet potatoes                        3 Pears

1 Carrot                                        Water

2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup      1/2 teaspoon Salt

Juice of one lime                          1/2 cup Whipping Cream

1/2 teaspoon Ginger                    2 Tablespoons confectioner’s Sugar

For Health

1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes, pears and carrot. Place them in a soup pot, cover with water and boil until soft.

2. With a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables from the pot and put them into the food processor. Do not pour the water into the food processor, but save it in another bowl or pot. Process the vegetables to create a puree. Then return them to the pot.

3. Stir in as much of the reserved liquid as is needed to get a nice thick soup consistency.

4. Season with the maple syrup, salt and juice from 1/2 lime.

5. Pour into soup bowls and garnish each bowl with a dollop of Ginger Lime Cream. The recipe follows.

A Luscious Bisque

Ginger Lime Cream

1.Whip the cream until stiff.

2.Whip in the lime juice, ginger and sugar.

Serves 4

Note: Forgive the lack of the whip cream dollop. I thought I bought whipping cream, and I bought Half ‘n half instead. No go!

Food for Thought:

What do you think of when you think of the color Orange? If you’re getting married, you might think of orange blossoms, a conventional flower for the bride introduced into Britiain in 1820. The orange is said to indicate the hope of fruitfulness, few trees being more prolific, while the white blossoms symbolize innocence.

If you are Irish, you might be reminded of Orangemen, an Irish organization begun in the early 1700’s. It’s members were militant Protestants whose goal was to guard the English throne from Roman Catholics. The Orange Order still flourishes, imposing ethical obligations on the part of its members.

Then there’s the notorious Agent Orange originally a herbicide used by American soldiers to exfoliate trees in the jungles of Viet Nam. It  weakened the immune system of many soldiers, making them susceptible to cancer and all kinds of diseases. Plus it cause birth defects in infant newborns.

When Sir Robert Peel was Chief Secretary for Ireland (1812-18), he was given the nickname Orange Peel, because of his Protestant bias and opposition to Roman Catholic emancipation. How would you like to have the name “Orange Peel?”

And, at this time of year, we encounter the color orange everywhere—in trees, berries,  jack-o-lanterns, packaged candies, costumes, wrapping paper, crepe paper, advertisements,  gift sacks and even websites.

Our coffee table centerpiece


Halloween Candy Corn

Halloween is creeping upon us earlier and earlier and lasting longer. One Denver haunted house I saw on the Internet is open from the end of Sept. to Nov. 5. During the last two years our country spent more than 4 billion dollars on this holiday. Our Colorado Springs Borders store has recently been turned into a huge Halloween supply store, and haunted houses in town include horrors like Mind Seizure, Hellscream and Viral Shock.

Even Martha Stewart’s October Living magazine, presents bloodied eyeball drinks,  poisonous looking white, jack-o-lanterns, severed hands securing candles, broken glass cupcakes and Hitchcockian birds.

Halloween has its origins in the 17th century, when a pagan festival was celebrated by the Druids at the end of the summer in Britian and France. “They believed a lord of death sent evil spirits into animals during that time, and the animal spirits roamed about all winter playing terrible tricks on people. To escape you had to wear a disguise so that the evil spirits would think you were one of them.” (Harold Myra, Halloween, Is it for Real?, page eight)

Later Halloween became a day of the dead in which people prayed for the spirits of their  loved ones. Then it became a holiday for Satan-worshipers, who believed they could get special favors from the Devil that day if they gave him treats.

Today Halloween has turned more dangerous than ever. It is a time for Satan worship and a time when Witches gather to offer sacrifices.

A young Christian woman named Sheryl passed a woman in a bookstore who was studying the Occult bookshelves. Suddenly Sheryl burst out, “If you dabble in those things,  Satan will destroy you.”

The other woman stuttered, “I-i-i was just looking.”

Sheryl was aghast at herself. It was not like her to say things like that to people. Where had that come from? Perhaps since serious witchcraft is on the rise, it was a Word from God this particular lady needed.

Some pseudonyms for occult activity are poltergeist events, psychic power, spiritists, mediums, parapsychology and psychical research. Channeling has become the politically correct current expression. Neopaganisms have become politically correct also and attack the Christian world unabashedly

Perhaps we need to be more careful. Certainly it would behoove us to be alert.

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things ” (Philippians 4:8 NASV)

[RuthAnn]

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