Yes, I am aware that Halloween was almost two weeks ago and the squash season is quickly fading, but if like me, you can grab some last minute squash before it disappears until next year, go for it. I kept it seasonal and served this dish on all Hallow’s Eve – but you could even have it as a weekday meal. To amp up the spooky atmosphere and prove for an interesting table setting, I put the pasta in my very own pumpkin bowl, that I had spent hours carving out. This is a slightly unusual but nevertheless gorgeous dish, perfect for vegetarians; but fear not fellow meat-lovers – lower the cleavers! Fry a couple of sausages and add for a dish that will satisfy any pangs of meat withdrawals.
If you’ve ever gone to the effort of cooking with, or carving a pumpkin, you’ll agree that it’s a good thing Halloween only comes around once a year. For me, at least, the whole process or halving, scooping, peeling, slicing and grating was a great deal of fun but a great deal of strenuous activity. Snigger away, pumpkin pros, but with the size squash I bought, it really was a mammoth task for me! But I will admit that the fruits of this labour were definitely worth it.
As I’m sure you’ve gathered, I spent most of my morning working on this pumpkin, just so I could make a cake (or possibly teabread) from it. And it sure was worth it. Pumpkin, when baked, doesn’t really have a strong flavour, but gives the cake a lot of moisture, and the ginger, naturally much stronger, lends a lovely aftertaste in your mouth a few seconds after eating a slice. But just remember to pat your grated pumpkin dry thoroughly and adjust the cooking time accordingly because if you’re not careful, the cake unknowingly could be a little too wet and doughy in the centre,
like mine was. And of course, keep those seeds! Continue reading
If you weren’t aware, Autumn is here. It’s that wonderful time of year again when there’s a chill in the air, leaves turn the most dazzling array of golds and reds and that cozy jumper you’ve been harbouring since last year can come out of the closet. But best of all, Autumn brings a whole new selection of winter veg! And this may seem a slight surprise, but ever since I widened my horizons, cooking with pak choi and various squash, I’ve become a bit of a veggie lover. So this squash soup is the perfect thing to come in from the cold to, especially because it’s got a slight chilli kick that will really warm you up.
This recipe requires a good kilogram of butternut squash, which fortunately, is going very cheaply at the moment in most supermarkets. And as I’ve mentioned, this was a whole new experience for me, that was very satisfying. Squash is a gorgeous vegetable, which to prepare, you cut off both ends, peel away the thick skin and cut it in two just where the squash begins to widen. After scooping out the soft flesh and seeds, chop up the veggie and roast in the oven. And a final tip: keep every seed you scoop out, as once roasted with a few spices, they’ll be a gorgeous and relatively healthy snack. In a few days, I’ll add a recipe for them. Continue reading