Pumpkin Recipes

Posted on October 31st, 2016

It may be Halloween, but pumpkins are for more than just carving spooky faces into; this often overlooked winter squash is a lovely nutritious ingredient which can be used in so many culinary delights. Pumpkins are in season October to December in the UK so now is the time to be making the most of them in lovely comforting dishes such as soups, stews and curries for those cold winter nights. There are numerous recipes and ideas for cooking or baking with pumpkin, here are just a couple to inspire you!

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

(Recipe via: http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/glorious-roasted-pumpkin-soup/)

Bowls Of Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients

1.5kg Pumpkin
Olive oil
1 Teaspoon dried chilli
1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
1 Large onion
3 Cloves garlic
1 Carrot
1 Stick of celery
1 Litre hot vegetable stock

Method

1. Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and cut into wedges.
2. Place the wedges on two large baking trays and drizzle over a little olive oil.
3. Finely grind the chilli and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt and sprinkle over the pumpkin with some black pepper.
4. Roast in an oven preheated to 170C for 1 hour or until soft and slightly caramelised at the edges.
5. Roughly chop the onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Heat a lug of olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan, add the vegetables and cook for 15 minutes, or until soft and sweet but not coloured.6. When the pumpkin is ready, add to the pan with the hot stock. Blend and add more water if you like a thinner consistency.

 

Pumpkin Curry With Chickpeas

(Recipe via: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/7732/pumpkin-curry-with-chickpeas/)

Pumpkin Curry With Chickpeas

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Ingredients

1 tbsp Sunflower oil
3 tbsp Thai yellow curry paste, or vegetarian alternative
2 Onion finely chopped
3 Large stalks lemongrass, bashed with the back of a knife
6 Cardamom pod
1 tbsp Mustard seed
1 Piece pumpkin or a small squash (about 1kg)
250ml Vegetable stock
400ml Can reduced-fat coconut milk
400g Can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Limes
Large handful mint leaves
Naan bread, to serve

Method

1. Gently fry the curry paste, onions, lemongrass, cardamom and mustard seed in the oil for 2-3 mins.
2. Add the pumpkin into the pan, stir to coat in the paste.
3. Pour the stock and coconut milk into the pan and bring everything to a simmer.
4. Add the chickpeas and continue to cook for about 10 mins until the pumpkin is tender.
5. Squeeze the juice of one of the limes into the pan, cut the other lime into wedges for serving.
6. Just before serving, tear over mint leaves, serve with the lime wedges and warm naan breads.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The seeds of the pumpkin are often discarded during preparation but these could be roasted for a nutritious snack. Rinse the seeds to remove any of the pumpkin flesh, coat in olive oil, spread over a baking tray and then bake until golden. Eat as they are or add to soups or salads.

Pick your own pumpkins October 2016

Posted on October 28th, 2016

Halloween is upon us once again and children and adults alike love nothing more than getting creative and carving pumpkins. While you could easily buy your pumpkins from the supermarket, why not try something a bit different this year and pick your own while having a fun family day out? Numerous farms have ‘pick your own’ pumpkin patches; you may live close to one or be looking for a family activity to do whilst on a cottage holiday. Here are just a few for some inspiration:

Pumpkins in a field at Beluncle Farm, Kent

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Beluncle Farm, Rochester, Kent

This family owned farm holds an annual Pick Your Own Pumpkin event, taking place until 30th October. Here, you will be able to find a large variety of different types of pumpkins and squashes. The event allows the farm to support their chosen charities of Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK) and Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association (CICRA).

Piglets Adventure Farm, York, North Yorkshire

This farm park in York is holding a Pumpkin Festival until the 30th October. There is a free pumpkin for every child and various activities taking place such as Trick or Treat Tales, a trailer ride to the pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving.

Crockford Bridge Farm, Surrey

The pumpkin patch at this farm has a varied selection of pumpkins to pick from and there is a variety of activities for children such as apple bobbing, face painting and pumpkin carving over half term.

Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington

This working family farm hosts an annual Pumpkin Festival until 31st October. Pick pumpkins of different shapes, sizes and colours and enjoy activities such as pumpkin carving and spooky story time. There will also be Halloween themed food and drinks to enjoy.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, South Yorkshire

The annual Pumpkin Festival at Cannon Hall Farm takes place until 31st October. Children can pick and carve a pumpkin and enjoy many other activities available on the farm such as outdoor adventure play, indoor soft play and tractor rides.

Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park, Essex

The pumpkin patch is open until 31st October; each paying child gets a free pumpkin to pick and carve and tickets also include entry to Witches and Wizards Week.

Over Farm Market, Over, Gloucester

The Spookyard Daytime Family Fun Event at Over Farm is running until 31st October and includes pumpkin picking, carving and quad train rides.

 
There are so many more “pick your own” farms available, and remember, pumpkins are not just for carving, they are also great to cook with; use them in soups, stews, curries and much more – yummy for the cooler Autumn nights!