Halloween Festivities

Harleqiun squash

We couldn't help ourselves this week, we had to join in with the Halloween festivities. It started with a visit to our local pumpkin patch, followed by planting, carving and baking!

PUMPKIN PATCH

Filled with fun for all the family, the pumpkin patch in Rogate was a delight. You can choose your own pumpkin, discover the corn maze and play 'smash the pumpkin' or 'sling a pumpkin' plus many more hours of activities. Rogate isn't the only patch around, Google your nearest pumpkin patch - you won't be disappointed!

Pumpkin planters
PUMPKIN PLANTERS

We've been itching to try out the latest pumpkin trend, and with Halloween just around the corner, what better excuse? We used harlequin squash for a unique look, plus the perfect size for smaller succulents. They are so simple to do and yet very effective! All you need to do is carve into the raised top or bottom (depending on which side sits flat), scoop out the seeds and stringy parts and then fill with a little soil followed by your plant.

Pumpkin spice bundt cake
WASTE NOTHING!

We don't like to see our pumpkin flesh go to waste, so we made Nigella Lawson's pumpkin bundt cake and you can too with the recipe here - to make your own pumpkin puree, simply steam the pumpkin until tender and blend until smooth. Below we've also shared a couple of recipes for toasting pumpkin seeds - so really, nothing is wasted at all and when you're done with the pumpkins, simply pop them in the compost.

sugary seeds
SALTY PUMPKIN SEEDS RECIPE

1 cup pumpkin seeds

3 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper

  • Dry out the pumpkin seeds in a preheated oven at 200°c for 3-5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to 180°c. Toss the seeds in oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Return to the oven for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so until golden brown.
toasted pumpkin seeds
CINAMMON SWEET PUMPKIN SEEDS RECIPE

1 cup pumpkin seeds

2 tsp olive oil or melted butter

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  • Dry out the pumpkin seeds in a preheated oven at 200°c for 3-5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to 180°c. Toss the seeds in oil and stir in the sugar and spices.
  • Return to the oven for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so until golden brown.
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