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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 !
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