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Cooking with pumpkin

Mum had an abundance of pumpkins to harvest this autumn, as you do when you plant your seeds on what was once an excellent compost heap!

We have been meaning to have a "pumpkin party" so we turned my sister's birthday into a pumpkin feast! First course was pumpkin soup with pumpkin and herb bread. Mum did a fabulous job on both counts.

Second course was Dave's pumpkin and spinach risotto with garlic bread.

For dessert we had New England pumpkin pie (with maple syrup, yum, yum) and pumpkin and date cake. Mum made the cake, and I made the pie.

The amazing thing was that I didn't feel like we ate pumpkin all evening! Each course had pumpkin as a main ingredient, but each dish was so different that it was not in any way monotonous.

What about you? What do you like to cook with pumpkin?

hannah  – (August 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM)  

Oh, yummy! Sounds like a fun and delicious party. The pumpkin risotto sounds like something I'd like to try (and something my family would say sounds like me;)). Wonderful that you were able to share the abundant harvest as a family.

Hope your pregnancy is going well! Blessings to you.

Faith  – (August 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM)  

yum yum!! What a great idea for a party!
Our pumpkin season is not quite here....we are in midsummer here and the pumpkins won't be harvested until about mid-October. (beginning of autumn). I like to bake pumpkin chip bread and pumpkin muffins. daughters like to walk in from school and smell the fresh muffins baking....

Anonymous –   – (August 17, 2010 at 3:37 PM)  

I'd love a copy of the recipe for New England pumpkin pie, it looks great! can you post it on your blog?

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Sherrin  – (August 24, 2010 at 9:24 AM)  

Hello Jenny, I'd love to give you the recipe but need to check if it is OK to copy it from the book. Sorry to take a while to get back to you, we've been away!

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