In a saucepan, bring to a boil 5 cups of water. Add pepper. Peel and dice pumpkin, then add to boiling water. Cook until tender. Remove pumpkin from water, while water is still boiling (do not discard water). Blend pumpkin using coconut milk. Pour blended mixture back into saucepan and bring to a boil. Add chopped garlic, scallion, onion, thyme, chicken-style bouillon and seasoning. Add additional salt, as needed. Allow to cook for 20 minutes, on medium heat; stirring every 5 minutes, or until soup thickens. Optional: Add dumplings and carrots, turnips and/or your chicken-like protein.