Posts Tagged ‘pumpkin’

Pumpkin Pecan Squares

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I hope everyone had a fun Halloween weekend.  Did you go out guising? Or trick or treating if you’re not from the UK. Me and a few friends dressed up to watch scary movies, eat Chinese and give our bags of sweets to the neighbourhood children.  One of my friends was really excited about giving out sweets as this was her first Halloween in her own house, she really went all out.  We all carved pumpkins and she made up 50(!) bags of sweets.  Sadly it was a bit rainy out and we only got three callers at the door.  Hey, at least that meant there was lots of leftover sweeties for us!

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I dressed up as a vampire.  Sadly that didn’t help me to find a Damon Salvatore but it was fun none the less!  I don’t know if you’ve ever dressed up as a vampire but of course I wanted to have some good fangs.  To the joke shop I headed to buy a set but when I got them home they were a bit of a disaster.  It doesn’t help that I’ve had the teeth removed that you are supposed to fix them to (ahh…childhood braces coming back to haunt me) but it just wasn’t happening.  So where does one turn when in need of DIY fangs?  PIntrest of course!  I found a very helpful tutorial for using fake nails and denture cream to create fangs.  It sounds awfully strange but it worked like a dream!  Just some tips for next year. (more…)

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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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The thing about roasting and pureeing your own pumpkin is that you end up with lots of seeds going in the recycling.  Well I’m hear to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way!  Nope.  You can roast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious and healthy snack, or to use in granola, crumble topping, to sprinkle on top of pumpkin cakes…the possibilities are endless (almost).

Great thing is, it takes no time at all and you can get creative with the spices you use.  Go savoury with chilli, cumin and coriander.  Keep it simple with salt and pepper or cinnamon sugar.  I’ve gone down the pumpkin spice route, with a little twist of ground cardamom to mix things up!  Very tasty. (more…)

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How to: Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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This is the time of year when every second recipe on the internet contains pumpkin, and more specifically, pumpkin puree.  It’s wonderful, and they are sounds utterly delicious.  The only problem is, pumpkin puree isn’t really a thing in the U.K.  Sure, it has surfaced in more and more supermarkets in the last year or two and there is even a selection to be made at Wholefoods but not every town has one of those (sadly).

Pumpkins, in their raw and beautiful state, however are readily available all over the country.  Great news!  We can make our own pumpkin puree, can’t we?  The answer to that is most certainly yes.  It’s hella easy, as long as you have a large, sharp knife! (more…)

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Currently Loving

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Pumpkins are at the top of my list this week.  I’ve roasted my own for pumpkin puree, how to coming soon, and made two recipes with it already.  They tasted great but I’m having a little trouble getting the textures right.  Oh well, more taste testing required!  Here are some people who are already nailing their pumpkin recipes:

Love coming across new (to me) blogs that are bursting with recipes and photos that are so inspiring.  Kitchen Treaty is a beautiful looking blog and these fluffy pumpkin pancakes are a must make!

My favourite coffee shop drink is the seasonal PSL (Pumpkin Spiced Latte) from Starbucks.  I have to hold myself back from wasting too much money on them.  This homemade chai version is a great new take on it.

Interactive desserts would be perfect for a fun festive party!

There are so many beautiful pumpkin decorating techniques out there!  Melted crayons, no carve, sparkly!  So many ideas!

…and lastly is my favourite pumpkin recipe from my blog.  Pumpkin, chocolate and almond is a killer combination!

And in non-pumpkin news:

Really enjoyed this Ina Garten article.  Mostly because I love her and her idyllic East Hampton life but I like her take on keeping things simple in the kitchen.

My favourite blogger has a new cookbook out, called Homemade Decadence!  Joys blog is what first uncovered the whole world of food blogs to me and I haven’t looked back.  If this second book is anything like her first it will be jam packed full of delicious, must-make recipes.

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Pumpkin & Almond Cupcakes

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More pumpkin! These cute little cupcakes are super tasty and look great.  The pureed pumpkin keeps them moist and with the addition of spices gives a perfect autumn flavour.  I added in some white chocolate chips for extra sweetness and a touch of almond extract to balance the flavour of the icing.

Talking of the icing…it is definitely the best part of these cupcakes.  Before now, my absolute favourite cupcake topping is peanut butter frosting.  It is delicous, peanut butter at its finest.  So I thought, why not exchange the peanut butter for almond butter, that could totally work.  It does.

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