Friday, October 24, 2014

What the Pumpkins Did

First, the pumpkins did this:
Then a little of this:
And some of this:

This is what was left:
And this is what was made:
The bread:
The curry soup:
I have to add that this was a creation by me. When I told my wife what I was making, she said, "That's fine, but you don't get to be mad at me if I don't like it." She loved it. She was surprised.

The toasted seeds:
I'd never had toasted pumpkin seeds before, so I was surprised at how good these are. I'll definitely be toasting all of my pumpkin seeds from now on.

All of that, and we still have more pumpkins to use. Pie is soon to come.


  1. So the pumpkins are like Thanksgiving turkey with lots of different uses.

  2. I don't think we've ever cooked a real pumpkin...

  3. Pumpkin seeds are quite tasty. I'm not crazy about most other pumpkin foods, though. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. I'm still left hanging for something I've been wondering for years....which part of the pumpkin do you use for cooking? Do you use that stringy stuff or do you use the solid part that we carve our jack-o-lanterns on?

    I'm thinking about growing my own pumpkins next year but it would be a waste if I didn't know how to make good use of it instead of just for carving or decoration.

  5. I love everything pumpkin, including the seeds! These are cooking pumpkins I take it?

  6. Last year we couldn't even cut the pumpkin we bought. Since then I have been using canned, unsweetened pumpkin to make soup. Your soup looks great. I tried drying the seeds once, but wasn't too successful although I have eaten them other times and enjoy them.

    Pie you can keep.

  7. Yum. I love pumpkin seeds. I make mine spicy with some chile powder and garlic. :)

    And that pumpkin curry soup looks good. I practically live on butternut squash soup all winter. So good.

  8. Yum, that all looks fantastic! Love the thought of incorporating pumpkin into a curry dish~ the hubby loves curry.

  9. Pat: Yeah, you could look at it like that. Pumpkins are definitely more than pie.

    Alex: This is my first year to do it.

    JeffO: Maybe you just haven't had them prepared correctly.

    Workingdan: The stringy stuff goes in the trash. The stuff you carve through is the part you eat.

    Karen: Oh, yeah, we made sure to plant pumpkins for eating. I don't need a bunch of decorative pumpkins.

    Jo: You have to boil the seeds before you do anything else with them.

    My kids will thank you for the pie.

    L.G.: We've done butternut squash soup; this was WAY better.

    I haven't done any experimenting with flavors on the seeds, yet, but give me time.

    Jess: It's well worth it. It's going to become a regular thing around here.

  10. dolorah: They're surprisingly trainable.

  11. Nice! I have 4 pumpkins sitting in my kitchen waiting to be roasted and pureed. I can't wait for from-scratch pumpkin pie!

  12. Wow, you're big on pumpkins. Good thing you can make lots of stuff out of them. And nice work on the curry soup.

  13. Rebekah: We just did that, too, but without the crust. It was the best I've ever had!

    Jeanne: Well, no, not really. I've never grown them before, so this is the first time I've done all of this with pumpkin. However, I may be big on them now.

  14. It all looks so good! I love pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds are fantastic! certainly have a lot of pumpkins. Good thing they're versatile!

  15. Eva: Yeah, they're good for a lot more than just carved faces.

  16. I made bread from real a pumpkin once and it was delicious! So much better than canned. And I always love to toast the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a great snack.