Pumpkin and Kale Soup

by Khushboo on August 14, 2014

One of my goals for the next few months is to work on my photography skills.  While food photography is obviously a priority, I am not limiting my subjects to only that.  The first step is to buy a new camera, which I did last weekend.  

Pumpkin kale Soup potAfter much debating, I opted for the Nikon L830, which is a ‘bridge’ camera that is somewhere in between regular entry-level cameras & DSLRs.  I’ve been playing around and trying to get a feel for it.  Although I am still exploring every spot in my home for the best lighting, jargon like ISO sensitivity & aperture no longer sound foreign to me. After reading 8 million food photography posts, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade.  Two ‘tips’ used by professional photographers particularly stood out:

  • In cereal shots, Elmer’s glue is commonly used instead of milk to avoid sogginess
  • For steam shots (e.g. coffee or soup), heat a tampon or cotton wad & then hide it behind the food/drink.

I’ve also come to terms that certain foods just won’t photograph as nice such as curries, oatmeal, and soup…even more so if they’re green.  

Pumpkin Kale Soup 2 bowls
Thank the lawd for cute crockery!  As ugly as this Pumpkin and Kale Soup looks, I promised it tastes souper..I mean super! 

Pumpkin and Kale Soup
Serves 4
This naturally creamy superfood soup is a delicious way to get your veggies in!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
  2. 2 cups peeled & chunked Pumpkin
  3. 2 cups cleaned & chunked Carrot
  4. 2 cups cleaned & chopped Kale
  5. 1 Bay leaf
  6. ½ teaspoon dried Rosemary
  7. 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  8. 1 medium Leek, trimmed & halved lengthwise
  9. 3 ½ cups Vegetable broth
  10. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Coat medium pot with coconut oil & place over medium heat.
  2. Add leeks & garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until transparent & just going brown around the edges.
  3. Add pumpkin and carrot & sautée for a further 2 minutes. Add vegetable broth, bay leaf and rosemary and bring to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. The pumpkin & carrot should have softened by now.
  4. Add kale, cover & simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Turn off heat. Once soup has cooled, remove bay leaf & transfer pumpkin/kale mixture to your blender. Purée until smooth.
Notes
  1. If the soup is too thick, add another ½ cup of vegetable broth when pureeing.
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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 14, 2014 at 5:47 pm

This just gets me excited for pumpkin season! And soup season…although, it’s been cold here the last few days so maybe I can break out the soup early!

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Khushboo August 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

As crazy as it sounds, I once read that soup and hot foods have a cooling effect on the body…that still doesn’t convince me to have soup when the sun is out though!!

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Lucie@FitSwissChick August 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Oh I am excited for pumpkin season!!
I actually always try to ‘show’ the consitency of the food. Cutting the cookies half, so the inside is visible (even better just take a bite 🙂 ) , place a spoon in soups or dips etc.
Also – daylight! Can’t go wrong there!!

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Khushboo August 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

That’s such a good tip, Lucie- definitely something to keep in mind…thank you!

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health August 14, 2014 at 7:15 pm

yayyy for new camera. i cant believe pumpkin season is almost here.. about photography, i say always go for natural light and practice…i follow http://www.edibleperspective.com/ she has weekly photography tips. She is pretty awesome.

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Khushboo August 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

Ooh thanks for sharing, D! And I have definitely started to appreciate natural light like no other over this past week!

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Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness August 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Oh I think you did a fantastic job photographing that soup– personally green stuff always look good to me- be it soup, smoothie or curry! And i LOVE your crockery and silverware!

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Khushboo August 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

You’re so lovely- thanks, Charlotte :)!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 15, 2014 at 12:13 am

😆 I nearly died when I read that tampon trick — totally a new one to me! My best tip is to shoot in natural lighting and never, EVER use a flash. Ever. This can be a pain in the butt at times, especially in winter when daylight is so limited, but it really does make the biggest difference. And speaking of winter, I’m getting all sorts of excited for soup season! Curried apple and pumpkin soup here.I.come!

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Khushboo August 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

It makes me cringe to take that before last week, I used to think flash was such a handy setting….definitely NOT! 🙂

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

I’ve actually started making soups even though it’s still summer here. That deep freezer isn’t going to fill itself. I’ll have to add this one to the mix. It’s full of ingredients I love (kale, carrots, garlic, leeks).

I had no idea about the tampon trick. I always try to take my pictures outside so I can get better lightning. I’m taking this 30 day food photography course right now, and it’s intense but absolutely worth it. I’ve learned so much in just a week. Now I need to figure out how to implement what I learned. That’s the really hard part.

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Khushboo August 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hope you enjoy the soup!! I’m so in envy about your photography skills although for what it’s worth, I’ve always thought you take stunning photos :)!!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen August 15, 2014 at 9:50 pm

LOL at that tampon trick. Seriously dying.

I want to improve my food photography too, but it’s tough. I get so frustrated with it!

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Khushboo August 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I can see why…I keep putting it off because there’s SO much to learn!!

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Parita @ myinnershakti August 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I love that you’re getting more into photography! I hope to learn more from YOU! 🙂

I think the best tip I can share is to work in natural lighting as much as possible!

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Khushboo August 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Ditto- I am sure you are taking some amazing photos with your DSLR ;)!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 17, 2014 at 3:59 am

A tampon?! LOL!

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Khushboo August 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

My reaction exactly!

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Brittany August 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

AHH new camera yay!! Buying a dSLR was one of the best ideas I made. I LOVE it. This soup makes me so warm and fuzzy for FALL!

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Khushboo August 17, 2014 at 11:21 am

You’ve really learnt your way around the DSLR- your photos are stunning 🙂

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