Pumpkin Season

img_0422As Christmas is getting closer I am really keen to see the pumpkins I ordered last month from my organic delivery box put to good use.

SOUP

The best and simplest way to cook it is roasting it and making soup by blending it with some vegetable stock.

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Roast with onion and garlic, salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil
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An every day soup with lots of crispy bacon and bread rolls
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The posh way! Served in shot glasses with crispy skin

PARTY

Cut some pumpkin or butternut squash into even squares before gently roasting

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Save the odd bits for a soup or stew

With thanks to  Milli Taylor for the recipe in her great book “Party-Perfect Bites”

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They make the best canapés with some cooked vegan chorizo sausage and fresh coriander leaves

WINTER WARMER

Loving all the different colour pumpkins available and they are so sweet!!!

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Empty and remove seeds and a bit of flesh
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Fill with soya cream, celery leaves, garlic, lemon juice, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper

Cover with foil and bake until soft. Mine took about 1 hour at 180 on a fan assisted oven. Add any vegan cheese you like and bake for another 10/15 minutes without the foil.

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Served with toasted bread

MUFFINS

A friend asked me if I had a recipe for pumpkin cupcakes and to be honest I had never baked some before. I had a read through several recipes I did have and I made my own version by replacing the butter for olive oil and adding some orange juice.

100ml olive oil
175g light muscovado sugar
Egg replacer = 3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g grated pumpkin
100g sultanas
grated zest and juice of 1 orange
2 tsp ground cinnamon
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Pour the oil into a large bowl and add the sugar, egg replacer and vanilla. Beat together, then add the grated pumpkin, sultanas and orange zest and juice.
Stir in the cinnamon, flour and bicarbonate of soda, the mixture will be very wet. Spoon into the cases. Bake for 25 mins 180C/160C fan.

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Vegan Cream cheese and icing sugar frosting
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Crispy sugar nuts are literally the icing on the cake

 

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