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Pumpkins - so I have grown 2...

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PolarBear74 Fri 11-Sep-09 11:34:13

... what shall I do with them?

Never cooked or done anything with a pumpkin before so not sure where to start.

ilovegreenbeans Fri 11-Sep-09 11:42:47

I love pumpkin: pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin in risotto, even pumpkin bread!

It's a lot like butternut squash, so if you have any recipes you like, just substitute it.

You can bake it by cutting it in half, scooping out the seeds, put some butter and salt and pepper in the middle (or cinnamon and brown sugar) and baking until tender. Scoop the flesh out and either eat it as is, or use it in recipes (like soup or pie).

Also, don't throw out the seeds! Spread them out on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and salt, then bake until they are crispy (can't remember how long!). They're such a yummy snack- they never last long in our house.

SomeGuy Fri 11-Sep-09 12:54:00

what sort of pumpkins are they? Are they the jack-o-lantern variety?

Chaotica Fri 11-Sep-09 14:24:40

You can stuff them (for an entire dinner party) with chilli or veggie chilli. Bake empty with a little water and butter in first and bake with chilli cooked separately first.

(For best effect and a very gruesome Halloween dinner party, carve a face as if you're making a lantern, without cutting right through to the seed cavity or your stuffing will all fall out. Stuffed with veggie chilli this makes the veggie/vegan favourite severed head - invented to stop people assuming that veggies are just soft grin) You could just cut nice patterns in the pumpkin if you are soft though wink

LilRedWG Fri 11-Sep-09 14:25:54

I'm envy. DD loving plants five seed and grew five beautiful plants - not a single pumpkin has appeared. Grrr!

LilRedWG Fri 11-Sep-09 14:26:14

planted not plants

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 11-Sep-09 14:30:48

Lilred - you can have some of mine. My plant is now 14m long. That is almost the entire length of my garden. Pumkins are sprouting up everywhere including one giganticly huge one. It is very shock

PolarBear74 Fri 11-Sep-09 14:39:30

I don't know what variety they are as my FIL grew the seeds for me and then I put them into garden and they have taken over, never realised how big the plants got!

Only got 2 pumpkins from all that plant though but he didn't get any (that did make me giggle slightly).

Thinking of soup as hopefully that will be a success. Any tips?

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