Nigel Slater's spiced pumpkin soup with bacon. Homemade Italian semolina bread on the side.
This was a squash (butternut I think) which was diced and cooked with some onion and garlic. The spices were toasted coriander and cumin seeds, and dry chiles for a little bit of heat. Once the squash starts to brown, chicken stock is added. The soup is pureed at the end with some heavy cream. It reminds me of Paula Wolfert's autumn squash soup, but whereas her version is redolent of garlic, this one puts the emphasis on the spices, coriander and cumin. The garnish is little lardons of home-cured fresh bacon.