Pumpkin problems...

01 August, 2012

Part of the reason I like growing fruit and veg is that a lot of it tastes SO MUCH BETTER that the supermarket bought stuff.

(Sorry for shouting, but that's how strongly I feel about kitchen garden produce.)

But pumpkin is one of the exceptions to the rule, assuming you are selective with your veg purchases and don't buy the watery, anaemic excuse for a pumpkin that is occasionally seen for sale to the undiscerning public. A pumpkin's flesh should always be bright orange!


A good pumpkin (shop or home grown) is just that - a good pumpkin. I haven't found a variety that is particularly special - but feel free to enlighten me if you feel different!

I grew 6 medium size pumpkins over summer, and these have been decorating my back verandah since. Slowly I have been getting through them. I've even been keeping the seeds to roast and have for snacks.


Now I like pumpkin, but I'm getting a bit bored of pumpkin soup and winter pumpkin salad. I even made a catering size batch of pumpkin tortellini and froze it. And I still have two pumpkins to go!


The have been staring at me sullenly every time I go into the backyard, which is often. I try to ignore them, but my food wastage conscience  is getting to me. I don't like wasting food at the best of times, even if it ends up in the compost and isn't really wasted. But wasting my own home grown veg is unforgivable.

So I've been making my way through my cookbook collection looking for inspiration, but nothing seems to be tempting me. 

Does anyone have any good pumpkin recipe ideas?

6 comments:

  1. Hazel has a load of pumpkin recipes on her blog from a while back when readers sent them in. There's a badge on her home page http://hazel-dene.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks for the tip! Serves me right for never reading the side-bars...

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  2. I really like a Japanese pumpkin variety called Ebisu - really, really dry and pumpkiny flavour - so good for soup and pasta filling etc. As for recipes i have a few on my blog - my favourite is probably a pumpkin, orange and quinoa salad that although it doesn't really highlight the pumpkin does use it and the salad itself is great.

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    1. Interesting... I'll have to keep an eye out for that one! And I love the idea of pumpkin, orange and quinoa salad, I'll definitely be giving that one a go!!

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  3. Have you ever had that sweet American-style pumpkin pie? It is quite delicious. Australians don't really think of sweet pumpkin dishes. I don't have a recipe but it is really worth trying. I am sure you could google it, or perhaps one of our North American bloggers can help?

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    1. I have, actually it was only the other week, and it wasn't bad but not really my cup of tea. That said if I still have some pumpkins at thanksgiving time I might have to make it anyway!

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