Fiona Staunton, of Fiona’s Food For Life, HATES food waste… But she loves a challenge! So here are her recipes to use up ALL the contents of your pumpkin this Halloween after you carve your creation!
And yes… we mean ALL of it… including the flesh, seeds, and stringy guts!
This is one of the Workplace Cookery Demos that Fiona is presenting virtually this October. While the smaller pumpkins tend to be sweeter and better for making pumpkin pie, soup etc the larger Jack-o- lantern style pumpkins can be eaten also!
Have three containers ready: one for the flesh, one with water which will be for the seeds and one for the stringy guts! As you pull out the guts and seeds, try to separate them. But if seeds are stuck to the stringy flesh then add it to the bowl with water as this will help separate them.
Fiona finds moving a large metal spoon inside the pumpkin to scrape off the flesh works best. It should be easy to lift out the seeds from the top of the bowl with water and place on a baking tray. And then, you can gently squeeze out the stringy guts and add them to the bowl ready to make the pumpkin bread.
This takes 10 mins to prepare and 1 hour to cook. It makes two loaves. This is more of a cake really than a bread, think banana bread! It is delicious warm, with butter and a cup of tea! It freezes well too, best to slice first.
This is a tasty and highly nutritious soup to use up the flesh part of the pumpkin.
You can add in other veg like celery, carrot or potato to this soup. For a lightly spiced soup add 1/2 tsp of ground cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. Adding 2 tbsp grated ginger with the garlic also tastes great.
You can add 1 tsp of your favourite spice, e.g. Cumin seeds or perhaps smoked paprika or cayenne pepper. I tend to add whole seeds at the beginning and powdered spice at the end.
Fiona runs Cookery Demonstrations in the workplace or in her kitchen in Dublin 18. During Covid restrictions she runs Virtual Cookery Demos and Cook-alongs using whole foods to inspire people to cook from scratch, create delicious, wholesome meals to enjoy with family or guests. Fiona offers lots of recipes and handy cooking tips on her website and social media, so go on, give her a follow!