The pumpkin is a stately thing. Less a vegetable, more a looming presence in the kitchen. It awaits like the sculptor’s block of marble, concealing much, awaiting the delicate touch of the kitchen artist to reveal its fate. It may transform to a delicious soup, it may become a grinning gargoyle, only fit to frighten the children.
Two things: first, you can carve a pumpkin. But we find drawing eyes and fangs on in black marker pen works pretty well too.
Second, with Halloween coming up, if you want to make something out of Mr Pumpkin’s innards as well as his skull, here’s our Crib Sheet of pumpkin recipes, which includes a great recipe from Ston Easton. (scroll down for more)
If you’re in an experimental mood, you can combine a little sweetcorn in most of these recipes, to add sweetness and (to a British audience) familiarity. (Americans are very happy with pumpkin pie; historically, the Brits have carved more than we’ve eaten.)
Halloween Crib Sheet coming up shortly. Once you’ve sorted out Mr Pumpkin, come back to us for ideas on bat’s wings, black candles and squid ink! (You need squid ink, to dye the risotto . . . keep up!)