In case you haven’t noticed, pumpkins are everywhere! Not only can you literally buy them by the trolley-load from supermarkets (yes, we are guilty of this too!), but you can also go to a restaurant or café and indulge in pumpkin pies and even pumpkin spiced coffee!! We’ve even spotted food bloggers getting really creative and conjuring up things like pumpkin spiced porridge, cookies, smoothies, granola, even cocktails – everything!
So why are pumpkins so popular?? Personally, we love them! We associate pumpkins with Autumn and Halloween. Every year, we have a pumpkin carving competition in our house, which is always a lot of fun, even if it does get a bit competitive at times! Seriously, some of us research and plan out what we are going to carve weeks before Halloween. Does anybody else do this? We can’t be the only ones!
Also, pumpkins are huge (sometimes small) orange balls of goodness. They are full of fibre, potassium and vitamin C and when roasted, taste deliciously sweet! They are so versatile too, they can be baked, mashed or pureed. And as we mentioned earlier, can be added to any dish or can be the main character of a dish. They can also add a pop of colour to your table too. Why not dot a few pumpkins round your dining room or you can even use as a vase filled with autumnal flowers, making a beautiful centre piece. So you see, what’s not to love about pumpkins?
So, once Halloween is over and you’ve carved your pumpkins (we would love to see your pictures by the way), what do you do with all the left overs?
Pumpkin pie is always a favourite go-to, or copy off our food blogging friends and add to your porridge, yogurts and lattes for a bit of spice! You can even roast the pumpkin seeds and use as a topper for soups or bake into bread for a hearty seeded loaf.
Our chef, Paul Hood, Chef Patron of Social Eating House, uses his left over pumpkins to create a Pumpkin Crème Brulee. Sounds pretty impressive doesn’t it? Show off to all your friends and family and get his recipe here.
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That’s all for now my little pumpkins (see what we did there?), keep checking back for more foodie updates!