Photo uploaded on March 24, 2018

Huge big surprise while wading thru the out of control vines. These pumpkins came from kitchen scraps!!
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  • Best kind of surprise! Well done Jess.

  • I too have pumpkins growing but finding the fruits among all the greenery is a challenge.On top of that i have a couple of other species, grown from seed,  to plant out. Mine are mixed up with some rampant Tromboncino -- which will also turn back into a pumpkin like Cinderella's coach (if you ignore it).

    The challenge is, of course, what to do with the pumpkin in the kitchen. Especially as I am looking down the barrel of a glut.

    I get anxious if waste rises up as a spectre in my dreams.

    Cooked this the other night. I do recommend it. A lot.

    Next week I'll be doing pumpkin and pasta or a pumpkin pilaf.

    The problem is that so many traditional recipes rely on  sweetened pumpkin dishes. The Mexicans make candy. The Spanish a flan. But using it in a chili dish seems like a good idea. Like this.

    The Turks offer this simple variation-- braised in olive oil (link) -- part of a mezze.

    I eat pepitas every day but never think to make my own like this.

    The Vietnamese use pumpkin a lot. Their Buddhist Monk Soup is really filling (recipe here) -- I used to eat it a lot -- or this simplified braise (link).

    I love red lentils, so here's a pumpkin dal (link)

    Anything but the mashed up soup which is so de rigueur.

    So I wish you well, Jess, with your pumpkin. Have a gourd time!

    And remember...if it gets too much:

    “Why not imagine a talk with a pumpkin? Why not imagine going off for a drive with a friendly pumpkin, a companion who would not, after all, answer back; who would agree with everything you said, and would at the end of the day appear on your plate as a final gesture of friendship?”
    Alexander McCall Smith, The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine

  • Nice work Jess. 

  • Well done.  I've not had any luck the past 2 years with pumpkins.

  • looking good there ! 

  • Magnificent!

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