Over 10,000 pumpkins are bought every Halloween in the UK, with 18,000 tonnes of the vegetable being thrown away. From tasty cooking to fun creative projects, here are some ways that you can make the most out of your pumpkin this spooky season.
I am sitting next to a truly beautiful specimen of pumpkin, grown by us, from seed. We had two beauties from a virgin gardening project and have already roasted and frozen the contents of one, ready for a future soup or pie.
Falling into the flavours of autumn, this citrusy pumpkin bread is like the fancy cousin to your average banana bread. It's the ideal cozy comfort loaf you are looking for now that the days are shorter and the weather is just that little bit cooler.
Make the pastry: Using a machine, pulse the flour and salt in the processor for 4 seconds. Add and pulse the butter to amalgamate. Add the sugar and pulse again. Add the lemon rind, egg yolk and 3 tablespoons water.
Is there anything they can't do?
Then there was this party platter pumpkin. Note to self, for our next birthday we want a pumpkin, forget a cake. Read more
Michelin starred chef Steve Smith has devised the perfect recipe to make use of those leftover Halloween pumpkins. Alternatively this recipe can be used with butternut squash for the ultimate winter warming dish.
This delicious and nutritious pumpkin and lamb stew recipe can easily be made from the leftovers of your pumpkins. Meaning nothing goes to waste after you've finished carving.
This pumpkin coconut curry contains all the warming elements you need to begin your seasonal hibernation. Each bite combines the infusion of turmeric, chilli, and pumpkin in the coconut sauce and then you add in the texture of fresh pomegranate seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds for extra colour and crunch. This makes for one delicious combination.
These pumpkin gnocchi are so moreish and simple to make. They start off a little tedious but once you get the hang of them, they really are quick to have ready. I've been making this at least once a week since I started having it...