All posts tagged: Halloween

Roasted Sage, Squash & Cannellini Bean Dip

Halloween party preparations have begun in our house, and this one’s a beauty!  It’s Peanut Squash… no?  Perhaps you know it as Delicata Squash… ok… Sweet Potato Squash?  No, I hadn’t heard of it either but it’s one of those, that when it’s roasted is velvety.  It’s got that softly sweet squash flavour and a rich texture, which is great for this dip.  I’ve roasted it up with sage, olive oil and salt & pepper and added some cannellini beans to make the dip.  It’s got a subtle roasted flavour and it’ll make a delicious addition to the Halloween table tomorrow.  Alongside pretty much everything else you might have seen on pintrest or instagram over the past couple of weeks!  Woohahaha… Ingredients:  200g Roasted Squash 10 fresh sage leaves 400g tinned canellini beans (drained) 1 tsp mixed herbs 2 cloves garlic (to keep the vampires away) 100mls Olive Oil Salt & Pepper Handful of pumpkin seeds (dry toasted) A Small Culinary pumpkin to serve (optional) Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. 2. Slice the …

Wholemeal Pumpkin & Feta Muffins

We have a massive glut of pumpkins… ’tis the season!  Actually, I was looking through my instagram account this morning and noticed how beautifully seasonal the pictures look (unintentionally, but glad they do).  The food is the colour of autumn, all oranges, deep reds and browns, it’s quite beautiful.  I haven’t had the account very long, and I’m wondering if the colours will change with the seasons?  It’ll be interesting to see! So, back to the pumpkin glut… With Halloween lurking, we’ve earmarked enough pumpkins for spooky lanterns, and there’s pumpkin soup of course… and now, following a few experiments and suggestions from my lovely friends there’s Pumpkin & Feta Muffins… So here goes… Ingredients (makes 12): For the roast pumpkin: 1 lb peeled pumpkin flesh 12 fresh sage leaves Olive Oil Salt & Pepper For the muffin: 250 wholemeal spelt flour (spelt has a lovely nutty flavour, but wheat is good too) 100g salted butter 150g feta 1 egg 1tsp baking power 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda 100mls whole milk ground black pepper handful of …

Halloween Pumpkin Soup with Sourdough Cheddar Croutons

The allotment is getting sleepy… and it’s also getting cold.  It’s hot dogs on the fire and hot chocolate to keep our hands warm while we’re there from now on!  The last of the harvest bounty has come in… and we’ve finally collected the gnarly old pumpkins ready for halloween and ready for pumpkin soup… So here’s the first halloween pumpkin recipe of the season! Ingredients for the soup (serves 4): 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, chopped 1 large clove garlic, crushed 1 large carrot, chopped 2 sticks celery 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped salt & pepper 2 bay leaves 2lbs pumpkin flesh, chopped into bite sized (or slightly larger) chunks 800mls boiling water (1 tsp vegetable stock dissolved) 100mls white wine For the croutons: 250g stale or day old sourdough bread 50g organic cheddar 3 tbsp olive oil Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C for the croutons. 2. Bring 800mls water to the boil and add 1 tsp vegetable bouillon. 3. Heat the bay leaves, butter and olive …