Peak Pumpkin

Ade was rooting around in the loft the other day when he noticed one of the pumpkins we’d stored up there was starting to go a little soft. He brought it down for me thinking we’d better use it up quickly.

It was one of the ‘Hundredweight’ variety, so there was an awful lot of pumpkin to cook up.

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In the last week alone, I have made pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread and a savoury pumpkin tart. Yesterday was the first time in eight days that I hadn’t eaten pumpkin in one form or another.

As much as I love them, I think I may have reached peak pumpkin; I’m not sure I can eat anymore (and we have so many left!) Consequently, I’m also convinced I’m radiating a rather nuclear glow about me just now.

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Meanwhile, up at the plot, our Christmas dinner goodies are coming on a treat. We’re on target for cabbage, broccoli, swede, carrots, parsnips, onions and sprouts.

sprouts

Last year we managed an entirely homegrown vegetable platter for our Christmas dinner, but this year’s potato crop was ruined by blight earlier in the autumn, so sadly, there’ll be no allotment spuds this year.

According to Icelandic tradition, at Christmas time, children receive gifts in their shoes if they’ve been good throughout the year and potatoes in their shoes if they’ve been naughty. What I wouldn’t give to wake up to a potato in my shoe on Christmas morning. Because if there are no potatoes to roast, well… I’ll let you guess what the substitute is likely to be…

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7 thoughts on “Peak Pumpkin

  1. The wonderdul David Lebovitz has a recipe for pumpkin flan – essentially a creme caramel. If you can get past the pate-ish consistency it’s rather lovely. I can only look on in squash envy, We have 4 left and one of those is smaller than a cricket ball. A squashette, if you will.

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    1. Well, he planted a lot of pumpkin plants! And he made sure the the soil was very rich (he added plenty of compost beforehand) and he piled the soil up into mounds, sitting the pumpkin plants on top to ensure good drainage. It seemed to work. A bit too well. 😉

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  2. Tee-hee! You can have too much of a good thing. We have a chest freezer in our basement, and I freeze pumpkin and squash when I have too much. Would pumpkins make good Christmas presents, do you think? 😉

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  3. Oh Laurie, you lucky thing. I dream of having a chest freezer! Not enough space in our tiny house, sadly. I’ve found a good recipe for pumpkin and apple chutney though, so in a roundabout way I will be offloading the pumpkins as christmas presents! 😆

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