Katniss Everdeen’s Pumpkin Brew

If you haven’t read the novel “Catching Fire” or you’re waiting for the movie beware there might be some insignificant spoilers in this recipe 😉 .

At the end of the “Hunger Games winner’s tour” there is a great party, held in the mansion of president Snow. The party buffet is enormous, there are tons of really tasteful dishes 😉 . We decided to procede chronologically and began with the first dish tasted by Katniss 🙂 . A creamy pumpkin brew sprinkled with black seeds and slivered almonds.zuppa zucca katnis

But the real star of the evening is the food. Tables laden with delicacies line the walls. Everything you can think of, and things you’ve never dreamed of, lie in wait.

“Ok, no more than a bite each dish.” I say. My resolve is almost immediately broken at first table, when I encounter a creamy pumpkin brew sprinkled with slivered nuts and tiny black seeds.

Text from the novel “Catching fire – Hunger Games”. No copyright infringement intended. All rights reserved to original owner.

We’ve only began with the dishes from the party, you’ll see other recipes inspired by the Hunger Games soon 🙂 .

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Katniss Everdeen's Pumpkin Brew

Cuisine Egg free, Gluten free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Difficulty Easy


  • 1 onion
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 potato
  • 800 g pumpkin pulp
  • 1 l vegetable broth
  • white pepper
  • mace
  • 200 ml cream
  • 50 g slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • salt


  1. Slice finely the onion, the shallot and the carrot and brown them in a pan.
  2. Chop the pumpkin and the potato and add them to the vegetables.
  3. Pour the vegetable broth and spice the soup with mace and white pepper.
  4. Let it boil for half an hour, then blend it finely with a hand blender.
  5. Add the liquid cream, let the soup boil again and salt to your taste.
  6. Turn off the fire and sprinkle with slivered almonds and sesame.




macisThe nutmeg is contained in red-yellowish lacelike coating: the mace. The flavour of mace recalls pepper with a hint of cinnamon, very close to nutmeg but more delicate.

We can find the first mention of mace use in the scripts of Pliny the Elder. The Roman author describes the nutmeg as a tree producing fruits with two distinct flavours.
Both mace and nutmeg can be perfectly used in rich dishes because of their digestive properties.

Black sesame

sesamo neroThe sesame is a flowering plant originally from Asia and Africa, and its seed are widely used in cooking. There are several qualities, the best known in Occident is the brown one. The black variant, better known is Orient, has a more intense favour. By toasting softly the seeds, you will enormously exalt their flavour.

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