Friday, 2 November 2012

Food Waste Friday - Halloween


We were away for a few days at the start of the week and the waste got a bit out of control with no chickens or compost bin to fill.

Fast forward to the end of the week and we were back on track, making use of our pumpkin wastage.



Spicy pumpkin soup and roasted pumpkin seeds. It's hard to go wrong with pumpkin soup and it was delicious, but we all agreed that whilst the olive oil and soy sauce part of the roasted pumpkin seed recipe was tasty, the seeds themselves were nigh on indigestible. I battled on when everyone else had given up in the name of zero food waste, but even I had to admit defeat, and they were eventually composted.

This year was the wettest Hallowe'en we've known; only one group of trick or treaters arrived at the doorstep, so we have sweetie wastage too. The kids are taking care of that though.

Everyday Life On A Shoestring's use what you've got and make it up as you go along Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Ingredients

The scoopings out of two medium sized pumpkins
A couple of mediuim sized onions
A couple of potatoes
2 tsp veg bouillon powder
1 - 2 tsp medium curry powder to your own taste
Water

Put all the vegetables, bouillon powder and spices in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, and then simmer for approx half an hour. Blend the soup and serve. 


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Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. 




10 comments:

  1. But think of the fibre in those seeds! I feel the same way about them -yes cajun spices and olive oil very nice, but they were a bit like wood shavings to eat.

    My pumpkin soup was a bit tasteless this year.

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    1. I was starting to feel that maybe there is such a thing as too much fibre...and we had similar observations with them; tree bark was mentioned several times!

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  2. I cannot stomach the smell or texture of orange pumpkins, but maybe that's because we buy the ones that are just for carving. I adore butternut squash, but not soup. We had no trick or treaters this year either

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    1. I like all things squashy! Rain stopped play round here as far as the trick or treaters were concerned.

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  3. I love pumpkin soup but admit I couldn't quite face eating the pumpkin seeds - they just seem so gloopy

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    1. The recipe I found suggested leaving some of the gloop on the seeds when roasting, for extra flavour...I'm not convinced!

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  4. I've tried to roast pumpkin seeds a few times and decided they were never worth the effort.

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    1. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong, but it seems that maybe not.

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  5. I have never tried making pumpkin soup, but I will now. I have a couple of pumpkins to cook up, I've promised pumpkin pudding for the children, but the soup I'm making just for me, although I will share. Love the recipe thank you.

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    1. Hope your soup turns out OK. I made another batch today and it turned out a bit more liquidy - that's the joy of a make it up as you go along recipe; it never quite turns out the same way twice!

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