Squash Soup Workshop

You will need:

  • Squash, medium sized, a pumpkin will do just fine
  • Onion, 1 white, peeled and sliced into 6 chunks
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, to roast in their skins
  • Olive oil, a good glug
  • Stock, vegetable, dissolved in 600ml of hot water
  • Ginger, 2cm chunk peeled and roughly chopped
  • Nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground
  • Paprika, ½ teaspoon ground
  • Chilli flakes, ½ teaspoon
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Seeds, (pumpkin, linseeds & sesame) 1 tablespoon of each, toasted to dress
  • Cooking equipment (baking tray, oven, blender/soup maker, pot, frying pan, knife, chopping board, bowls & spoons)

Spicey Squash Soup

Taken from ‘LEON Happy Soup’s by Rebecca Seal & John Vincent

 – serves 4

This is a super simple vegan soup with plenty of punch for those cold winter days ahead.  Roasting the squash gives it a creamy texture and the chilli and lime add a warm and refreshing kick.  It’s also really good for you, and a great way to use up those extra pumpkins after Halloween.

Heat the oven to 200c 400f gas mark 6.

Pumpkins are high in fibre and sweeter than other squash, so a great choice for this recipe. Prepare the pumpkin by peeling it and scooping out the seeds and stringy parts inside (set aside for the compost and dry the seeds to grow later in the year). Cut the flesh into large chunks and place them in a baking tray with a good glug of oil and the garlic cloves in their skins. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes, then once removed from the heat, squeeze out the garlic and remove the skins.

Whilst the pumpkin is roasting, sauté the ginger for a minute in a pan by cooking it in some oil, then add the stock, nutmeg, paprika, chilli flakes and pumpkin chunks when they are ready. Bring to a simmer and after a minute remove from the heat and blend in a jug blender (or soup maker). This is a great soup to make in batches, so prepare to store some in the freezer to enjoy on a rainy day.

When serving the soup, its lovely to add some nutty tasting roasted seeds and a squeeze of lime.  Just heat the seeds in a frying pan until they begin to pop and puff, then remove from the heat before they burn and serve in a side dish along with your sliced lime. Perfection!

Health benefits of pumpkin soup:

Source: ‘Healing Foods’ by Neal’s Yard Remedies

Pumpkins help fight inflammation, lower risk of heart disease and stroke, promote bowel regularity, and support a healthy pregnancy

Onions have a powerful antibiotic action, help lower cholesterol, and feed good bacteria in the gut.

Garlic is a natural anti-coagulant, helps strengthen the immune system, removes toxins and pollutants, and contains anti-cancer substances.

Olive oil lowers cholesterol, helps to control blood sugar levels, and protects against heart disease.

Nutmeg helps fight the effect of stress, it’s an adaptogen so can stimulate and sedate according to the body’s needs.

Chillies help remove toxins from the body, help lower cholesterol, reduce appetite cravings, and help clear congestion.

Pepper aids digestion, stimulates appetite, helps detoxify the body, eases lung and bronchial infections, relieves shock and stress, and can even halt cancer…respect!

Squash seeds all squash seeds are edible and are high in healthy fat, protein and fibre, yet low carbohydrate making them great for heart health as well as prostate and urinary problems.

Sesame seeds are a good source of vitamin E, promoting healthy skin and hair, great for removing toxins from the body, also high in calcium for bone and teeth health.

Linseeds are particularly good for heart health and are also beneficial to the eyes, joints, and brain health. Awesome!

KET beneficiaries testimonials

E a Growth Journey Participant

“As a volunteer/Trainee I am finding it very rewarding and well worthwhile. I would recommend it here at the Kent Enterprise Trust, if you would like to learn key skills to further your career chances or to add new skills to your repertoire.”

S  Improving Lives Participant

“Before starting improving lives I didn’t have much confidence, I had no routine and hadn’t been in work for a while. I am so glad I have had the opportunity to do this work experience now as it has helped me massively. The people that work here are friendly, kind and always willing to help.”

TF – Improving Lives Participant

“In the time that I have spent at Links House on the Improving lives Course, I have found the staff and volunteers at the Kent Enterprise Trust to be really supportive and encouraging people. They are always on hand to help with any issues you may have. Their help has made me realise that those things that once might have held me back are not impossible to get round. They are lovely positive people who have given me support and encouragement to try and start my own little business. They have also helped me to boost my confidence and try to overcome my own pain issues and depression by not judging me. They let you do things at your pace. I would truly and wholeheartedly recommend the work of the Trust to anyone looking for employment or for just improving their own life and communication skills and confidence levels in general.”

RS- Improving Lives Participant

“At first I wasn’t too sure how I would get on. After the first day I quickly realized that I was with a good set of people who were easy to get on with. That in mind I became more comfortable talking to each person. With all the bits I done and people I met I can easily say I enjoyed my time here and would recommend anyone lacking in confidence or low self-esteem should take part in one of these courses.”

ED – Improving Lives Participant

“Very friendly. Not intimidating, helpful and kind and reassuring, welcoming and respectful. Lots of opportunities and things to do there and people were treated as individuals. I was able to do my work experience at Whitstable Castle which I enjoy. And take advantage of the training opportunities.”

LS – Growth Journey Participant

“There isn’t many companies/people that would give me the opportunities and trust KET offered and gave me.Thanks to KET I have grown so much as a person and overcome depression, anxiety and issues I didn’t even know were issues until they were gone. Your work experience programme and subsequent voluntary position gave me the confidence I needed in life to rebuild old friendships and offered me hope.”

F – Kent Enterprise Garden Participant

“I have found volunteering at Community Oasis Garden a really rewarding experience. I enjoy being able to collaborate with the other gardeners, as well as help to support other attendees that might not feel so confident in their own abilities. It is a really positive thing to see the garden space becoming a place for people to go to relax, create, and grow things. I think that the potential for the garden is infinite, which makes it a really inspiring thing to be a part of. I am hoping that I can further my skills and knowledge, while also being able to work on my own confidence and gain a career in the sector. “

ZF – Kent Enterprise House Volunteer

“I would like to thank Kent enterprise trust for all the volunteer work they gave me. It really has helped boost my confidence and helped me get a new job after 3 years of no work. Thank you”

 R- Kent Enterprise Gardens Participant “I have benefited quite well from taking part in the Improving Lives Programme. Since joining, I have developed a few new skills. These include working with certain types of plants, carpentry, able to make a fire and how to stay safe while working. This programme has helped me quite a bit and I’ve enjoyed working with some of the other people that participated. I would recommend Improving Lives to anybody currently looking to find work in a garden environment.”

Update from COG…


We now have a letterbox at the garden, thanks to our apprentice Ed’s handywork – Thanks Ed.

And what a few weeks it’s been, the rain didn’t put us off with brainstorming ideas for a new sensory garden coming soon and plenty of seeds planted in the poly tunnel growing for us to plant or sell.

There are lots more plants outside now and bespoke rabbit net constructions, made to keep Peter and his friends at bay! 🐇 Don’t forget our plant sales stand at the entrance, its these very plant sale donations that allow us to buy more soil and seeds to sow…

  • AM I CRAZY!?!

On the 25th of July (41 sleeps) I will be jumping out of a plane for our beneficiaries… I want to show that I can try to conquer my fear of flying in the most extreme way and inspire others to conquer their fears. Please help me to help improve the lives of our beneficiaries… We support many adults with mental health and learning difficulties to get into or back into the workplace. We desperately need soil, seeds and tools for our gardening project – please help me to help our community. https://www.gofundme.com/abbie039s-skydive


Thursday 20th June from 12:30pm to 2pm at Kent Enterprise House, The Links, Herne Bay CT6 7GQ

Please join us to celebrate our volunteers and all the continuous amazing work they do for us at Kent Enterprise Trust. KET could not survive without the constant support of our amazing volunteers, please join us to thank them for all the work they do. A volunteer is unpaid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless