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Monday, October 03, 2016

Hallowe'en Approaches!

Out cycling this morning along the ancient Roman road that links my village (Kingsnorth) with the site of the Roman harbour near Lympne - this was the surreal sight in a field to my left.

In a couple of weeks this field will be barren as all the pumpkins will have been harvested for Hallowe'en. Does anyone eat them in the UK or do they just scoop out the middle, cut faces onto them and hang 'em up with a candle inside?


15 comments:

The Crow said...

Beautiful!

Avus said...

Glad you liked the image, Martha - but have you ever eaten the things?

Tom said...

I wonder how much of a fire hazard they are, even with their lids on? :)

Avus said...

Tom:
Yes, I have wondered that, too. A subject much in your mind at present I expect. I am glad that Lucy and you are getting sorted and back into your own home again. Best wishes for the future!

Zhoen said...

I've never made anything from fresh pumpkin, but there are any number of pumpkin products available that I do eat.

Actually, I did make pumpkin pie from fresh once, but it was a load of work. The second time I tried it, I failed utterly. Understand, I'm not much of a cook.

Avus said...

Zhoen:

Perhaps it's the article, rather than the cook? I believe pumpkin seeds are a vegetarian delicacy though.

Zhoen said...

Avus,
No, it was me. Skimped on the preparatory research. Pumpkin seeds are lovely, too. I have roasted mine from pumpkins used as Jack-o-lanterns, those have turned out pretty well.

Anonymous said...

Australians eat a great deal of pumpkins. Many varieties here, all shapes and sizes and they taste delicious! Cut into chunks ( with or without skin) and roasted with your spuds and parsnips, baked to golden softness and stirred through pasta, steamed and mashed and added to scone dough for pumpkin scones, cubed and fried and added to risotto.
Well you did ask.
Love Daughter x

Avus said...

Daughter mine:

I thought you would put us all right on things do do with pumpkins and how to bake, roast, fry and stir them.Some tips for Zhoen here!

Love Pa x

Roderick Robinson said...

I'm astonished that HHB finds them delicious. The pumpkin belongs to a growth characterised as water in vegetable form. I have roasted pumpkin seeds and eaten them as roughage but they weren't worth the effort.

Somewhat belatedly I've responded to a later comment you made on my post Furry Friends. I'm not urging you to read my response for itself, but it does contain a question that I think you should answer. You can be assured of one reader - me!

Vita said...

You could have taken that same pic in Oregon. There are folks who claim that carving pumpkins are no good for eating and visa versa. Come fall, there's a never ending variety of pumpkin foods, but often they're just pumpkin spice. My daughter makes pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I make pumpkin soup from pumpkin puree, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds.

Vita said...

To prevent fire hazard, electric candles or electric lights can be used to light up a Jack-o-lantern.

Avus said...

Vita:
Ever the practical one! Why you could even be the wife of a motorcyclist.

Kay Cooke said...

As we would say in NZ - a paddock full of pumpkins! A pretty sight indeed. I was in the UK a month ago now. Loved my visit. Alas too short. My friend lives in Lichfield, Staffs. so I got a taste of Mid-County air. We went to Cambridge and partook in a punt down the Cam. Luverly.

Avus said...

Obviously took in some nice areas, Kay. Dr. Johnson's Lichfield and I wonder if you saw that intriguing "Grasshopper" clock in Cambridge? The "Chronophage".