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Jamaican pumpkin beef soup recipe

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I do not eat beef, and it has nothing to do with health consciousness; it's just plain and simply; I do not eat beef because I do not like beef, however, I love beef soup. Although this is beef soup, but it is meatless because I am using beef bones in the soup and discard it after. I am using the bones to give the soup the 'beef flavour'.

2 Irish potatoes (peeled, cut into medium size)
4 carrots (peeled, cut into medium size)
piece of pumpkin (peeled, cut into medium size)
2 lbs. beef soup bone
1 stalk scallion
1 sprig fresh green thyme
1 clove garlic
1 green hot pepper
Salt to taste
1 pk. cock soup (cock flavoured soup mix)
1 lb. flour
1 lb. yellow yam

Curry pumpkin is best to use when making the soup. Curry pumpkin is the type of pumpkin that has bright yellow  flesh; It gives the soup a bright yellow pretty colour.
You can add other vegetables, such as; turnip and cho-cho into the soup as well.
I cut the vegetables in medium sizes because I want to eat them, if cut smaller they will mash out in the soup

Pour 6 cups of water into a medium or large pot, then put over high heat and add the beef soup bones. Cover the pot and cook the bones for 25 minutes, add 2 cups of water if needed within the 25 minutes.

After 25 minutes, open the pot and skim off the fat and oil. Add 2 more cups of water if needed, then add the vegetables, stir and cover the pot, continued to cook the soup bones and vegetables for 5 minutes
Put the flour into a medium-size container, add a dash of salt, use a bit of water and knead the flour into dough. Use a piece of plastic wrap to wrap the dough to prevent air from catching it; air makes dough becomes hard.  Allow the dough to rest for at least 30 minutes (Knead the dough 30 minutes before using it, the dough will become soft and moist, and the dumplings will be more enjoyable to eat)
After 5 minutes, add the yellow yam to the pot, stir, cover and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, add the scallion, hot pepper, thyme and cock flavoured soup mix. I only want the flavour from the cock flavoured soup mix and not the noodle. I use a sieve to remove the flavour from the noodle, then add the flavour to the pot and discard the noodle. Stir, cover the pot and continue cooking, stir every 2 minutes. I will not put the dumplings into the pot until the soup reduced. Dumplings only take 5 minutes to cook; the longer the dumplings cook  the more they become tight or hard. I love soft dumplings. I removed the thyme leaves from the stems before putting it in the soup, If I was serving the soup to a male, I would not have done that. I would've put the sprig of thyme in the soup so that most of the leaves stays on the stems.
It is often said in Jamaica that men should not eat a lot of thyme leaves because it CAN cause men to have stoppage of water. (What is stoppage of water?) I will explain at the end of the video.
When the soup has reduced to less than half, add the dumplings (pinch off a piece of the dough and roll loosely into ball shape. I rolled them loosely because I do not like tight rolled dumplings, because when cooked it becomes extremely tight. (many Jamaican grandmothers love tightly rolled cooked dumplings because they said it burst gas. (buss gas)
After adding the dumplings, add salt to taste, stir, cover, lower the heat and simmer the soup until it reaches a semi thick consistency while stirring every 2 minutes. I discarded the bones. Serve hot or warm.




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