Colors of the season

A couple of weeks ago we went to see our new house, on the way back we decided to take a stroll through Wimbledon Common, the weather was warm and sunny, the leaves just started to turn golden and we spotted these pretty guys:

London is absolutely freezing at the moment, gloves, scarves and woolly socks came out of the wardrobes, Clapham Common was covered with a film of frost, sun is shining making it look so pretty. But is it cold and that calls for some comfort food. Riverford had a special offer on squash boxes. They promised 3 types but I found 4 in mine.

I also got a little guide of what they are, to be perfectly honest I could only tell the butternut squash for sure, the orange ones I would just call pumpkins but they surely have a better name!

So apart from my butternut squash I got green kabacha, crown prince squash and I am not sure whether it is sugar pumpkin or red kabacha.

My usual squash repertoire is pumpkin soup, squash risotto or Indian curry, I have made pumpkin pie before and might do it again. But this amount calls for more exciting recipes so I scanned the web for some inspiration and here is what I found:

olive oil pumpkin bread, squash and hazelnut lasagne (I used to have a recipe for a squash lasagne which is delicious but can’t find it) and winter squash galette from A Chow Life

Smitten Kitchen has got lots of delicious sounding dishes like pumpkin muffins (handy when the new house repairs start), pumpkin waffles (just need the waffle maker), warm salad – this actually inspired me to make a roasted squash and hazelnut salad, acorn squash pizza looks very appetising too

Hugh’s chicken and pumpkin roast is a perfect winter dinner

Jamie’s laksa which I have tried last year, pure bliss

squash tart from Le Tartine Gourmande

Do you have any exciting squash recipes?

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14 Responses to “Colors of the season”

  1. m 21 October, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    It seems to be a good year for mushrooms, but I’m too nervous to pick them.

  2. kristina 21 October, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    Those look like fairy tale mushrooms! And what a wonderful squash box…and wonderful sounding recipes! Looking forward to hearing about the ones you choose. And I’d so love a waffle maker…

    K x

  3. The Sneaky Magpie 21 October, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    m: these are definitely not edible!

    kristina: now that I am looking into it I may not have enough squash to try them all ;)

  4. read me... 21 October, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    what beautiful toadstools!

    last night we had pumpkin and goat cheese cannelloni for supper, which was really delicious.

  5. The Sneaky Magpie 21 October, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    read me: that sounds amazing, I must give it a go. x

  6. jane 21 October, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    i love all things pumpkin and squash related, yum yum. The recipes you have linked to all sound great, would like to try the olive oil pumpkin bread. here are a couple more…

    i have bookmarked this chard, squash and blue cheese tart- which she says is a summer recipe but could be easily autumnified with different greens if there’s no chard about.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/22/vegetarian-chard-squash-blue-cheese-tart

    http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/breakfast/fall-recipe-noknead-pumpkin-rolls-with-brown-sugar-glaze-129477
    these look like a good option if you feel like something sweet at breakfast time – although like many american recipes they start off with canned pumpkin. it’s getting easier to find it here though, although doesnt have quite the same seasonal appeal since technically you can buy it year round!

    that galette you mention sounds good – the Smitten Kitchen butternut and caramelised onion one is very good too. although vee-e-e-e-e-ry buttery.

    That Moro-adapted salad on SK is really good too, and SO easy. I love winter salads :)

  7. The Sneaky Magpie 22 October, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    Jane: thanks for these, both look amazing. In my last pumpkin pie I just steamed the pumpkin instead of using a canned one and it worked really well. I’d imagine Selfridges food hall would have it in their international section, must have a look. I can’t wait to start cooking!

  8. jane 22 October, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    ooh, just found these which sound good…
    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/pumpkin-and-feta-muffins-recipe.html

    you can get canned pumpkin in waitrose – the brunswick centre branch usually has it along with the tinned fruit …also, partridges stock it along with stacks of other american goodies.

    happy cooking!

  9. if jane 22 October, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    you always manage to have lovely strolls!

  10. The Sneaky Magpie 24 October, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    if jane: I try ;)

    jane: sounds delish!

  11. redmenace 25 October, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for linking to me! I LOVE autumn. So many great squash recipes. Earthy and warm. xo

  12. The Sneaky Magpie 26 October, 2010 at 1:29 am #

    redmenace: thank you for visiting and for having such fabulous recipes on your site!

  13. Trudi | Fabricated Tales 1 November, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Thank you for the pumpkin inspiration! I still have one sitting in the kitchen – that didn’t get carved up for Halloween – and was wondering what to do with it.

  14. The Sneaky Magpie 1 November, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Trudi: good luck with it, I just made some lasagne, it was tasty!

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