Last week was Halloween! I love Halloween: it is becoming more and more popular to celebrate it in England and I wish it lasted for more than a day
So, to keep that Halloween feeling going, I went on a pumpkin bender! My son and I nicknamed it the "Pumpkin Madness" week. The aim: bake and cook as many things as possible with pumpkin and here they are!!
1) Apple and Pumpkin Butter (slow cooker)
I used the pumpkin flesh I had carved from my Jack o' Lantern and added some apples I had been given (not lookers, but looks don't matter when you simmer for half a day in a slow cooker!)
Add spices, sugar and a little water and place in a slow cooker. We went from this:
To this, in 14 hours:
We managed to get 2 big jars out of it (but only had 1 jar left after 24 hours, because my son and I are greedy!):
It is delicious stirred in Greek yogurt:
Or in this Breakfast Parfait, inspired by an Oh She Glows recipe (we used porridge oats, home-made almond butter and the apple/pumpkin butter for our layers):
2) Roast Pumpkin Tartlets (topped with crispy bacon or topped with chopped walnuts and Stilton cheese):
I then made some pumpkin puree (I cannot find it canned here in the UK) but first, I had to make sure to get all the water out of it. The best way to do that is by putting the pumpkin in a lint-free tea towel and squeeze the water out.
3) Sweet Pumpkin Pie with Crunchy Pecan Topping:
4) Pumpkin Breakfast Muffins (Paleo):
5) Pumpkin Cookies (with walnuts and dark choc chips) (Paleo):
6) And to finish with, a simple Pumpkin Soup:
And this marks the end of Pumpkin Madness Week! This was fun but I'm all pumpkined out!!
+ I cannot believe what happens today!! I was reading my latest copy of Natural Health Magazine and what did I spot?! My name in a Readers' Tips section on how to find tranquility!!!!
I had commented on a Facebook status by Natural Health Magazine but never imagined my tip would end up being published. My tip is the 2nd one down:
Have a fab weekend Sparkfriends!