Halloween pumpkin fun

We were on holiday this year for Halloween so it felt a bit different to usual.  We bought a pumpkin and were very thrifty with it.  The seeds were scooped out and toasted.  The flesh was made into pumpkin soup, served with the toasted seeds, (recipes below).  And I’m not very good at carving, so the pumpkin was made into a simple jack o lantern.

My pumpkin

My pumpkin

The children haven’t been trick or treating yet, as this is the first year that son2 has really been old enough.  But I didn’t think this was the time to commence, with us being in a city where we knew nobody. And particularly with son1’s blood counts being very low, I would prefer him indoors in the warm, as a chill could lead to an infection which could lead to a hospital stay.

Pumpkin holds pumpkin!

Pumpkin holds pumpkin!

We put the pumpkin outside the front door, but I warned the children that we might not get any trick or treaters calling, as we were staying in a gated mews of only 6 properties and I hadn’t seen any sign of other kids.  And I didn’t think it particularly likely that anyone would come from off the street as a closed gate is rather off-putting.  The kids dressed up and we had taken one of the Halloween window decorations that I reviewed earlier this month with us, so I hung that up at the window.  I was glad that I had kept their expectations low, as we didn’t get any callers.

Scary Halloween faces

Scary Halloween faces

The boys were a little disappointed, but they got to enjoy lots of sweets that we had ready in our treats bowl.

Here are my recipes. Rather rough and ready, as I didn’t have anything to measure the ingredients with, so all done by guesswork. Also no blender. But a very tasty result. And I would usually use olive oil rather than butter, but didn’t have any.

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients (serves 2 adults and 2 children)

flesh of 1 small pumpkin
1 medium potato
1 medium onion
approx 3/4 litre stock (made from 1 vegetable stock cube and boiling water)
salt and pepper
1 knob of butter
approx half a 142ml tub of single cream

Method

Deseed the pumpkin and reserve the seeds.
Chop the pumpkin flesh into small pieces.
Peel and chop the potato and onion.
Heat the butter in a large pan.
Add the onion and soften.
Add the stock, potato and pumpkin.
Bring to the boil, then simmer until soft enough to mash.
Season with salt and pepper.
Mash (in the absence of a blender).
Add the cream and heat through.
Serve with an additional swirl of cream and some toasted pumpkin seeds.
Enjoy.

Pumpkin soup

Yummy Pumpkin soup

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Scoop out the pumpkin seeds.
Wash through a sieve.
Bring a pan of water to the boil.
Add seeds and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile heat oven to 200 deg C.
Put knob of butter in roasting tray.
Heat in oven for couple of minutes.
Spread seeds in tray, coating in melted butter.
Toast for 5-10 minutes until starting to go brown and crunchy.
Serve whole. (Some people prefer to remove husk at this stage but it is edible).

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Toasted pumpkin seeds

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22 thoughts on “Halloween pumpkin fun

  1. A S,Edinburgh

    The soup looks delicious, a lovely recipe for winter. I’ve only tried roasting pumpkin seeds once and I didn’t do very well at it, but I didn’t boil them first, I’ll have to try that.

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  2. Emily @amummytoo

    I think the cream is a great addition. I do like pumpkin but my tastebuds are more used to the sweetness of butternut squash so I think it needs that cream for pep.

    Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek – I’ve Pinned this post and there’s a fresh linky live on the blog now. Hope you join in! x

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    1. mumjd Post author

      Yes wonder what they do with any they haven’t sold by Halloween. There must be plenty of people in UK who want them for Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

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    1. mumjd Post author

      No problem. I’ve been and taken a look at Crumby Mummy too and given you a follow there on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t think I could manage swapping between 2 blogs myself

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    1. mumjd Post author

      Last year we tried saving some of the seeds to plant this spring. And we got a couple of good flowering plants, but the flowers never matured into pumpkin fruit

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    1. mumjd Post author

      Not too bad if you keep the design fairly simple. More difficult if you’re also trying to cut the flesh out to cook, in case you accidently make an unplanned hole in the skin.

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