I know Halloween has long since gone, but it’s just my absolute favourite, and as I can’t do Thanksgiving here per se, I do try to pretend Halloween lasts a little longer than one night.
One of the main ingredients for a proper Halloween, in my opinion anyway, aside from ghosts, spiders, etc, are pumpkins!
I sort of went all out with them this year – we had these three, and two more:
The stickers are courtesy of the Monkey-moo – Hello Kitty goes well with ghosts, right?!
We also did this:
Twice. Once with just salt and a bit of oil, the second with a bit of oil, cinnamon, ginger and agave nectar (which I recently found and wanted to try). I’ve never roasted my own pumpkin seeds, but will definitely be doing it again and again (will be trying butternut squash seeds next). So easy, apart from the cleaning part, and they do take a while to dry, so I sort of oven-dried them first (low oven) before tossing the seeds, oil and seasoning in a zip lock bag and tossing it around. Then I plonked them onto a lined baking tray. I will definitely use greaseproof paper instead of the foil next time (I did one and one). The sweet ones came off much better with the greaseproof paper than the foil!
For the insides of the pumpkins (the smaller ones – the bigger ones just got gutted and binned) – we have this:
Or rather, this is what’s left over. I didn’t really grow up with pumpkin (my folks are not American – and this is not a food from either of their childhoods!), so didn’t really know what to do with it, but I just treated it like a general winter squash, and the love is certainly growing. Roasting 6 pumpkin halves at once in the oven was also a good idea – bish bash bosh, as my husband would say (and lots of other people!).
I’ve seen plenty of recipes floating around for what to do with the rest of it, and I’ll let you know if I get around to trying one! (Time’s been a bit tight of late)
I’ve also managed to snag this:
A present from my brother and SIL. Very kind of them to fly it over for me! I’m almost afraid to open the tin as I don’t know how long it will be before I can get another tin, and I expect it would cost me about GBP 7 to get one here (I love how you have to pay for the tin’s flight over when you’ve buying some foreign products…). I’ve seen far too many good things to do with it as well. Again, once I am brave enough, I will let you know.
I think I need to teach my daughter about Thanksgiving this year… Let the pumpkins live on!