Saturday, May 07, 2011

What to do with the pumpkins from the garden

 With 2 pumpkins from the garden to cook up, I wanted to try some different recipes rather than just adding them to a roast. The first recipe was pumpkin hotcakes from Stephanie Alexanders Kitchen Garden Companion, pumpkin steamed & mashed then added to flour, eggs, etc (no sugar) & cooked up, served with maple syrup.  Delicious morsels with crispy edges & the sugar wasnt missed though the maple syrup did make up for it!
 Next, a roast pumpkin salad, the dressing is made up of chopped roasted capsicum, lemongrass, sesame oil.  All served on a bed of rocket (from the garden too).  Delicious though my pumpkin didnt brown up during the roasting & was quite soft, think it would have been nicer if it caramelized a bit.
Lastly a Bill Granger recipe for a pumpkin soup that was a bit different.  Pumpkin was baked in the oven with tomatoes, carrot & spices, then mashed, stock & lentils added & simmered on the stove for a while.  Serve with a dollop of yoghurt & this was one of the best soups I've tried in ages, bound to become a Winter regular in the house.  Pumpkins all gone now though does anyone have any sensational pumpkin recipes to share?