Tag Archives: Pumpkins

Garden in late August


I am so excited about the pumpkins I go to touch and poke them every day. This is the first year I grow them and I just love the jungle they created, I could not tell which leaf belongs where. I am supposed to remove some of them to allow just a couple on each plant to grow to a decent size but I am not ready for it yet.



The tomatoes are still very green, argh, I keep feeding them weekly but perhaps it is the time to chop their tops off.


I spotted some beautiful borlotti bean flowers, I am not sure if I will have any beans though, the seeds were old and the plants are not performing as they should. At least they will improve the soil.


I have a lot of sunflowers to keep the bees, and the birds, and even the squirrels happy.



Hubby’s chillies are looking very good, we will have enough for the whole year and then some.



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?