Posted 18th Oct 2016
With autumn firmly upon us, leaves are falling from trees and the evenings are drawing in. Another sight that will greet us will be the arrival of pumpkins, taking over supermarkets in their thousands. While some will love carving faces into the winter squash, there's always a chance to take advantage of the chance to enjoy the fibre-rich flesh. The place to start? Pick a pumpkin that is heavy for its size, and with a smooth, firm skin, and prepare to get cooking.
Steve Smith, the head chef at Bohemia, is advocating something a bit more tasty that the sometimes bland pumpkin soup. He's come up with a few more tasty options...
1. Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie is a truly delectable autumn treat, best served with a dollop of fresh cream on top. If you want to get the best results, it's worth spending a bit of extra time in the kitchen, making your own crust, which will be more than worth it.
2. Pumpkin Pancakes
Wave goodbye to the usual pancakes and instead turn towards the pumpkin variety. Simply purée a cup of pumpkin and mix it with buttermilk and the rest of their usual pancake ingredients, to create a stack of perfectly fluffy pumpkin pancakes.
3. Pumpkin Curry
Have you ever considered combining chick peas and coconut with pumpkin? If now, now is the time to make this dish for the whole family to enjoy. It's worth making this dish ahead of serving, to allow the full flavours to completely develop.
4. Pumpkin Risotto
A resourceful take on a dinner party classic, the pumpkin adds both texture and substance to the popular dish. The end result? The ultimate autumn comfort food to enjoy on a cold winter's night.
5. Pumpkin Loaf
A healthy snack, this marks the ideal alternative to the carb-heavy loaf cake. A thick layer of cream cheese icing will upgrade it too, from healthy to heavenly in a matter of minutes.
Tips courtesy of Bohemia