Susan's pumpkin & spud soup:
As near as I can remember
gently saute about a half tablespoon of minced garlic [ or mash a couple of cloves of the real thing ] in a tablespoon or two of olive oil
add 6 cups - or thereabouts - of vegetable stock
half a Jap pumpkin, cubed
1 large carrot, sliced
2 medium boiled potatoes, cubed *
a couple of shakes of ground coriander
same of ground cumin
a goodly quantity of freshly ground black pepper
a 400 gram can [drained ] of chick peas
the merest pinch of chilli powder
simmer until the veggies are soft enough to mash / blend / or pulverise in whatever manner you see fit.
* the spuds were a late addition when the soup was a bit thin, so I preboiled them ... you probably shouldn't need to.