Autumnal Pumpkin Stew

So here is the first dish I made with the pumpkin πŸ™‚

It was eaten that night (as were all the dishes) and we felt we had seriously entered into an autumn state of being πŸ™‚

I was aiming to make enough for 4 people, but I just made extra and popped the other half into the freezer. This is giving a good idea of how much food there is to be had from just one pumpkin.

Autumnal Pumpkin Stew

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serves 8 people

1 kg / 2 lb roasted pumpkin flesh
3 medium onions
5 medium carrots
3 sticks of celery
3 cloves of garlic
120g / 4oz creamed coconut
2 tbsp sunflower oil
4 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
(or 4 tsp Garam masala if you prefer a more curry flavour)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1.5 lt / 3 pt hot vegetable stock or water

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(Not the garlic!) Peel the raw vegetables and cut them all into a 1 cm chunk – not too small, this isn’t a soup πŸ™‚

Chop the cooked pumpkin flesh to be about 2 cm chunks.

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Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan.
Add the raw vegetables, keep the heat as high as possible and allow the vegetables to start to brown.
Turn the heat to low and add the pumpkin, spices, herbs, sugar and tomato puree.
Give it a stir, allow that it 10 – 20 seconds to open the flavours.
Turn up the heat and either chop or use a garlic press to process the garlic to a fine mince and add to the pan.
Add the hot stock. The liquid should not quite cover top layer.
Now add the coconut and to bring this to the boil.
Turn the heat down to medium low, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 10 -15 minutes.
If it looks too soupy after this then take the lid off and allow it to boil on a high heat for 5 minutes to drive off some of the liquid (you will also intensify the flavour).
Keep a check on it, give it a stir every so often to make sure it’s not catching on the bottom.
That’s it, it’s ready – but, as with so many tomato based foods – this is so much tastier if you allow it to cool and have it thoroughly warmed through the next day.

I served these with the Savoury Pumpkin Cakes πŸ™‚

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Pumpkins’ Are Enormous – And What To Do With Them

As you know, I do like a seasonal bit of produce and there are lots of enormous pumpkins around and most are bought (here in Blighty) just to make lanterns.

I have had an intrigue and fascination of pumpkins for way too long (considering I am an adult) and it is all down to Linus and his obsession with the Pumpkin Patch in Peanuts (I want to be Snoopy). But I am not exactly successful at growing them myself, however they are plentiful and cheap at the moment.

So I bought some and thought I’d make a sensible attempt at seeing what I could make to feed a family of 4 from one pumpkin.

There was more pumpkin than I could cook dishes with in the time I had but I did get 3 good ones πŸ™‚

Preparing the Pumpkin πŸ™‚

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I wanted to cook it in a way that would get rid of some of the moisture and intensify the flavour, so I knew I would roast it.

Cut the pumpkin in quarters and take out the seeds.

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Wash away the membranes and any sticky juice and allow them to dry on a tray. The seeds can be roasted with soy sauce or spices to make a tasty topping or snacking food.

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I did cut away the skin, but I know some people like to leave the skin on as they roast. I can’t see any benefit to leaving it on unless you want to scrap the skins of all flesh once it has finished cooking.

As you can see, I got a lot of flesh from the one pumpkin. Put it in a single layer on the tray and roast at 425˚F/220˚C/Gas7 for about 20 minutes – until the flesh is tender.

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Allow it to cool – ready for what ever it is you want to cook.

And here are the recipes πŸ˜€

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/autumnal-pumpkin-stew/

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/pumpkin-savoury-cakes/

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/spiced-pumpkin-cake/

Coconut Potato Curry For Frugal Feeding on Meatless Monday with a promise of Daisy Chain Dinners

This is an absolute favourite in our house. It is very savoury, nice and zippy on the taste buds, filling without being stodgy and good> And for all you meat eater, you will not even think about the fact it is meatless.

This recipe was born at a point in my life when I was seriously skint. I lived in a little terraced house and I made the tiny back garden really work for me. I grew my own herbs, carrots, tomatoes (I have wonderful memories of Daughter No1 getting up in the morning to climb over the grow bags of tomatoes strung up towards some overhead timber beams, as she feasted on a breakfast of freshly plucked tomatoes straight off the vines). I grew strawberries, apples, pears and I had an amazingly over enthusiastic Victoria plum tree -Daughter No1 would use a butterfly net to poke and prod and pull at the fruit to make them fall – she is made of plundered fruit and vegetables. How secretly delighted I was this October when she admitted to scrummping apples from some near by land to then spend the next month making apple crumbles, pies, cakes, cookies – I did try to sound cross πŸ™‚

Actually, she Skyped me as I was photographing this and got very excited and made it for her house mates πŸ™‚

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At the time Creamed Coconut was super cheap, 19p a box, it now costs Β£1.39 a box, but it is still a really frugal meal. And …. AND it is really good for eating a day or two after you have made it – so Daisy Chain Dinners – ahoy!

The Engervita B12 is a great idea for real Vegans (and a cheap way to get B12), but if you eat across the diets then it is by no means essential. But I love the taste too.

I really hope you make this and enjoy it as much as we all do.
Coconut Potato Curry
serves 6 people

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10 small – medium sized potatoes (waxy are best)
2 medium onions
4-5 small carrots
3 sticks of celery
2 eating apples
120g / 4oz creamed coconut
4-5 tbsp sunflower oil

440g/ 14 oz kidney beans
500g/ 1lb passata
2 tbsp curry powder (I like a Biryani for this)
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1 bunch coriander
1.5 lt / 3 pt hot vegetable stock or water

2 dssp Engervita with B12 if you can find it. This is an excellent addition to your Vegan pantry.

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Peel the vegetables but not the apples and cut them all into a 2 cm chunk.

Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan.
Add the vege, keep the heat as high as possible and allow the vegetables to start to brown.
Turn the heat to low and add the curry powder and stir, allow that 30 – 50 seconds to open the flavour.

Add the hot stock (be careful it will bubble up). The liquid needs to come up to the top most layer but not actually covering it. The vegetables will collapse somewhat as this cooks and you want a moist dish at the end – not a soup.

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Then add the coconut, passata, kidney beans, sugar (if you are using it) and turn the heat right up as you want to bring this to the boil now.

Once it is boiling turn the heat down to medium low, put a lid on and allow to cook for 10 -15 minutes (depending on your potatoes).

Add the coriander and stir.

It is ready to serve. If you want you can finish it with a teaspoon of the Engervita.

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Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

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Spiced Haddock & Coconut Soup

This is another of my store cupboard recipes. I always have some smoked haddock in the freezer and the other items I will have as a matter of course.

I only had to go buy the parsley, but in the summer I have heaps of it in my garden.

I made this a few weeks ago when a friend came to visit. She liked it and asked for the recipe. Being a total airhead I promised it to her and promptly forgot to send it.

Today is her birthday, I hope I have saved a little face.

Happy Birthday Katy, love you lots my lovely friend πŸ˜€

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Spiced Haddock & Coconut Soup

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2 red onions
4 carrots
3 stalks of celery
2 tbsp Olive oil or Sunflower oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp Korma curry powder
1 tsp dried Coriander leaves
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried Dill
1 tbsp Nam Plaa (Fish water or Fish Sauce or 2 anchovy fillets)
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 lt / 2 pints Vegetable stock (from a cube is just fine)
1 lt / 2 pints Coconut Milk
125 ml White Vermouth/ Wine or even a nice dry Cider or Perry
1 bunch spring onions
1 bay leaf
400 g /14 oz un-dyed smoked Haddock
60g / 2 oz Flat leafed parsley

Peel or wash all the vegetables.

Chop into smallish pieces the red onions, carrots and celery.
Heat the oil in a 3 lt / 6 pt pan.

Add the onions, celery and carrot, let them cook on a high heat until they are just starting to colour.

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Roughly chop the garlic and add it to the pan

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As they start to colour nicely add the curry powder, the dried herbs stir them in.

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Pour in the Nam Plaa, lemon juice and zest, stock, Vermouth and coconut milk.

Put the lid on and bring to the boil.

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In the meantime skin the fish.

And cut into 1 cm chunks.

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Lower the pot to a simmer and add the fish.

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Slice through the spring onions and roughly chop the parsley.

Add these to the pan and cook for about 30 minutes.

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That’s it, done!

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I suggest you cook some rice noodles to have in the bottom of the bowl but just as it is, is divine! πŸ™‚

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

email me scarletrositafood@btinternet.com
phone or text 0792 310 9170
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