Well hello there! And yes, you read the caption right. It’s Fall/Autumn which by many means Pumpkin Season!
We love pumpkins around here. Yes sir we do! Particularly, we like eating pumpkins. We also do like decorating with pumpkins, well… read on:
Decorating With Pumpkins
I think decorating for the seasons has gradually been accepted in British culture, (we live in the UK) and so we have come to accept it too. We enjoy using real pumpkins that we either get from kind-hearted people, or we grow ourselves. I don’t think I have ever actually bought pumpkins to use for decorating. I also like to add decor items that I make myself, and, no surprise, some of these include pumpkins. So we make crotchet pumpkins, pumpkins from old pieces of fabric, and even from old cardigans/sweaters.
Pumpkin Spiced Drinks
Apologies in advance if you are disappointed with my next statement. I do not like pumpkin-spiced drinks. I think it is one big hype and totally over-rated, and yes I have tried it before but it gets a big thumbs down from me! I did say, I am sorry. So what do we do with pumpkins? Well, we cook with them. So I am going to share with you, some lovely pumpkin recipes which I think you will love. By the way, I have recently learned that you can steam pumpkin leaves as a nice side dish to go with your main meal so why not try it and tell us what you think? I’m gonna try it too.
Cream of Pumpkin Soup
500g Pumpkin, cubed
1 small onion
2 spring onions
2 carrots, cut into small pieces
2 small potatoes, cut into cubes
2 cups vegetable stock
200 ml cream
First saute the onion and spring onion in butter for about 3 minutes, turning all the time. Then add the carrots, pumpkins and potatoes. Cook for a further 5 minutes. Then add the stock and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Once the soup is cooked, blend it and then swirl the cream through until combined. Serve with warm bread rolls or just croutons. If you want to avoid the fat from the cream, you can totally do without it too.
Creamed Sweet Potato and Pumpkin
This is a very simple recipe. To make simply boil sweet potato and pumpkin together until cooked. Place the drained vegetables in a bowl. Add a knob of butter, a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and a pinch or two of nutmeg. (the nutmeg is essential). Use a potato masher to crush the vegetables together. Serve as part of a wholesome meal.
We also made amazing Jamaican pumpkin spiced muffins and it was honestly, divine! You should try it if you get a chance.
So there you have it, 3 yummy recipes that I am sure you will enjoy. Give it a go and tell us how you like it.
Jo and Leisa