The lowly pumpkin, it seems at this time of year, it’s brilliant orange colour stocks us from every grocery and produce venue. I drove by a megastore yesterday called “Halloween Alley”, complete with pumpkins on its sign and it made me annoyed. When did Halloween become as big as Christmas that we need megastores?
I cooked up 3 fresh pumpkins yesterday, which turned into 3 fresh pumpkin pies, and a batch of pumpkin energy bites and a whole bunch of bags to go into the freezer for the winter. The 2 smaller pumpkins I cooked were the pie pumpkins; these are sweeter than the regular larger ones.
To cook a pumpkin: put a couple of knife slices (like poking a baked potato) into the sides of the whole pumpkin, a really important step so they do not blow up in your oven. Place onto a cookie sheet and put into a 250 oven for 2-3 hours, or until it is soft with a fork or knife poke. If the pumpkins are too high you can snap off the woody stem at the top as you will not need it.
Once baked, I cut them in half and let them cool, then I scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff. Some people will keep the seeds and roast them to eat, then with a spoon, I scrape the “meat” away from the skin, this is the part you use for baking.
Did you know pumpkin is really nutritious food? It contains a lot of potassium, beta-carotene, fibre and antioxidants – Vitamin C and E.
Do not use the canned pumpkin pie mix you get in the grocery store as it contains sugar and possibly syrups. The store should have cans of strictly canned pumpkin, one ingredient, that is the one to buy if you do not cook up your own. Once you taste a pie made from fresh pumpkin you probably won’t be going back to the canned stuff.
Pumpkin can be used in baking, soups, casseroles, salads, preserves and some people use pureed pumpkin in place of butter or oil in a recipe.
Pumpkin is just plain good for you.
I saw this on facebook but I believe this came from HIS radio station.
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin
God picks you from the patch and brings you in. (John 15:16)
Then washes all the dirt off you. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
He opens you up and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed etc. (Romans 6:6)
Then He carves you a new smiling face. (Psalm 71:23)
He puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see. (Matthew 5:16)
At this time of year when “pumpkin’s” get a bad wrap of just being jack o lanterns and a Halloween trademark, I love to remember this and how yummy pumpkins are and get a new thought and a whole new perspective on one of God’s wonderful creations – pumpkins!