Saturday, November 6, 2010

Halloween food

This year I carved my very first Halloween pumpkin. It was so fun and much easier than I anticipated. I can't wait till next year to try out something more ambitious.

I used the pumpkin guts to make pumpkin and goats cheese empanadas and roasted pumpkin seeds. I am not inclined to post either of the recipes because they were both pretty forgettable. But I want this blog to be a record of both successes and failures in the kitchen so I am recording them here.

For the empanadas I used the dough recipe adapted from the Bourke Street Bakery book found here at stonesoup. I don't know what I did wrong, but the dough didn't really work out. It was too hard and chewy. They tasted nice enough but were definitely not great.

For the seeds I got frustrated with the plethora of recipes and techniques available on the internet and so just randomly chucked oil, salt, sugar and spices into the pan and the roasted at about 150 for 1 hour. Again they were okay but not great.

But one thing that was great was my pumpkin. Let see him again.