E.J.Wilkins

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Pumpkin

Not a wild fruit today, I spotted this pumpkin growing in nearby allotments and thought it was too perfect a specimen to leave unrecorded. The only editing this picture has had is a slight crop and resizing for upload.
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Tell me, please, what you do with pumpkins?

Do you carve them up for Hallowe'en and then thrown them away or do you eat them?

If you eat them, what's your favourite recipe?
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Autumn Fruits


Pumpkin

Not a wild fruit today, I spotted this pumpkin growing in nearby allotments and thought it was too perfect a specimen to leave unrecorded. The only editing this picture has had is a slight crop and resizing for upload.
.....

Tell me, please, what you do with pumpkins?

Do you carve them up for Hallowe'en and then thrown them away or do you eat them?

If you eat them, what's your favourite recipe?
.

comments (29)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Nov 2008, 01:52
A plague on Halloween! It's nothing more than a Retailer's opportunistic event.

Pumpkins...on the other hand... are very fine fruits and make for all manner of good eating.

#1 Roast pumpkin [skin on] is a wonderful inclusion in a roast dinner.

#2 Large chunks of pumpkin in a spicy red vegetable curry on steamed rice...hard to beat.

#3 Creamy thick pumpkin soup, served with a large dollop of Greek style yoghurt on top is a meal on its own...especially during cold weather.

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EJWilkins: MMm, certainly food for thought Ray
very nice field shot! lovely colour.
EJWilkins: Thanks, I thought so too smile
whoops... Ray forgot how great the seeds are roasted. One of my most favourite memories as a kid.
EJWilkins: I'd never actually thought of roasting the seeds myself, I'd probably end up burning them!
And PIE! You can't do better than a good pumpkin pie! Spicy sweet muffins or pumpkin bread and a cup of tea on an autumn afternoon is a wonderful treat (I'm getting hungry....) I have five beautiful pumpkins from my garden waiting for me to decide how to use them. Maybe my fairy godmother will turn one of them into a magnificent carriage a la Cinderella for me. I already have my Prince Charming, but the carriage would be nice!
EJWilkins: Ah, but what do you put in the pie with the pumpkin to give it flavour?
  • FLOOG
  • The library of my contented soul
  • 21 Nov 2008, 06:17
The quality of this photograph is such that I feel I could stroke the skin from my monitor. Astounding lighting and colour

I had pumpkin flan (sweet) in Canada a year or so ago, for the first time in my life and it was delicious smile
EJWilkins: I was really pleased with this picture, it didn't need any editing.
Must try to find a recipe for a sweet flan from somewhere or other, for when I get a pumpkin
This is a really good picture Ellie: the colour of the beast is wonderful. As far as I remember pumpkins taste of nothing. If you make pumpkin pie the flavour depends entirely on whatever spices you use
EJWilkins: That's always been my problem, I'm hoping for inspiration for next time somebody offers me a pumpkin!
Beautiful...we have just eaten pumpkin yesterday evening, just frizzle it smile
EJWilkins: Sound very easy way to cook it
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 21 Nov 2008, 07:33
I think Ray has listed all the way i have had Pumpkin.
EJWilkins: and it sounds good too, all I need now is a pumpkin of my own!
Gorgeous photo, Ellie.

You need a very sharp strong knife for cutting pumpkin into cubes. Then you can boil it, boil and mash it, roast it, make it into pie or tart, and even make a sort of jam (sweet) or pickle (savoury) with it. I like it best mashed with plenty of pepper. Ray's pumpkin soup is very good too, especially with farmhouse crusty bread.
EJWilkins: The skins are so amazingly thick aren't they. Do you make soup, if so what do you add for extra flavour?
This is SO autumn
EJWilkins: It is, isn't it smile
Ange made a pumpkin dish once and it was very nice, but we've never had it since! Daft really. I detest Halloween thoughsmile

This is a fine pumpkin by the way
EJWilkins: I avoid Hallowe'en too, hate it. To get cooked pumpkin you first need a pumpkin, maybe you should get her one?
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Nov 2008, 09:56
Lovely cheerful colour. I have to admit I'm not that keen on pumpkin - I prefer squash, and normally cut them up and roast them or make soup.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: Both always seem so very bland, with squash I tend to cut them in half, bake them and then fill with curry!
A very very good photograph of this overblown vegetable, Ellie.
EJWilkins: It was huuuuuge!
Lovely shot Ellie, never tried Pumpkin,must give it a go some day !
EJWilkins: It's really quite bland, only slightly more flavour than marrow
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands England
  • 21 Nov 2008, 11:46
Now that would make a cauldron of soup Elliesmile
Love the lighting it looks so fresh.
EJWilkins: Probably feed a family for a week!
Pumpkin pie is a winner for me!

Also, I roast the seeds.
EJWilkins: I've no idea how to make pumpkin pie and never thought to roast the seeds. Can you do the same qith squash seeds?
I have been meaning to make some pumpkin soup but not got around to it yet. Your lovely photo has reminded me.
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 21 Nov 2008, 14:48
Great details and color can almost reach out and touch it.
Have a nice weekend!
Looks like a prize winning pumpkin Ellie. Never tasted them myself but I gather they have very little, if any, flavour.
Gorgeous colour and textures, Ellie! Can`t help you with the cooking, though. (:o)
Lighting and colours are superb Ellie. Great capture!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Nov 2008, 17:26
Cook, bake, roast, roasted seeds - many ways. You can bake a pumpkin cake or a pumpkin pie. One of my favourites is pumpkin flapjacks. We have a thing here called a butternut. The inside is like a firm pumpkin, but I believe it is actually part of the squash family. The name butternut describes the taste.

As a rule pumpkins are water rich. It means that when you cook (boil) it will add a lot of water. So you start the boiling with very little water and step the heat up at the end to get rid of the water. You don't want to drink the pumpkin if you are not making soup, which can also do smile

The leaves of the pumpkin plant are also edible. Boil the carved leaves with some potatoe and onion - when boiled dry take it off add salt and pepper and serve.

Btw - great picture.
EJWilkins: I ha dno idea the leaves were edible, but it stands to reason that they are. Sounds a good idea
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 21 Nov 2008, 19:36
Beautiful specimen!
It really seems to come out of the screen. We do Pumpkin Cream soup at home and itn tastes delicious.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 21 Nov 2008, 23:26
Pumpkin soup, Ellie. I had some fairly recently and it was wonderful. For the life on me, though, I can't recall where!

This is a cracking photo, full of rich detail and colour.
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/recipeDetail.cfm?objectId=C2BD5334-9927-428E-9DD50962363605DD

pumpkin recipes from Williams sonoma found at above link--soup, pie, bread, dessert squares. Can understand how such a wonderful image would give you a craving for something pumpkin flavored. :o)
I'm always impressed by Pumpkins so big, so orange so...
Hallowe'en
Un color brillante, Ellie!
Wow, what a big pumpkin. Very nice capture. Light looks beautiful. Well framed too.

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