The first month of Autumn is almost over, the weather has been mild, not too cold but slightly warm. However, we need the rain badly, the soil is dry, very dry in fact, it is not encouraging for the garden. I notice my flower bed is growing very slowly, we have enough sunshine but not enough water for the ground. By saying that, I am so lucky that the self-sown pumpkin in the garden is growing alright, three pumpkins are growing bigger by days.
self-sown pumpkin in my backyard
Two of them at least will make it for harvest. I believe they are ready to be picked in a couple of months. Pumpkins keep well on the storage but knowing me, love to cook them straight away or share in pieces with friends.
What I would do with the homegrown pumpkin is for cooking, baking and roasting. Pumpkin soup I cooked in the past, and also pumpkin cake, mini cakes and scones.
Roast pumpkin I do to complement the roast meat is a winner for my family.
pumpkin soup, pumpkin scone, pumpkin cake, and mini pumpkin cakes
Another pumpkin that I cooked was a baked of the whole pumpkin, cut in a half used for a plate to serve peas, and also rack roasted lamb.
The Lamb and My Herbs Garden
I love to share the recipe of the mini pumpkin cake with you, here it is.
Mini Pumpkin Cake
A cup full self-rising flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon heap cottage cheese
Method: in a bowl place the flour and sugar together and in another bowl, mix all wet ingredients together (egg, oil, pumpkin, cheese and water)
Use a blender or food processor, blend and process the ingredients together to make a smooth and thick batter. If it is too thick adjust it by adding more milk.
Spoon the cake batter and put onto buttered mini muffin/cake tin (almost full)
Bake in the preheated oven at 160 degrees C for 14-16 minutes
When it is cold fill in with pumpkin jam and whipped cream.
the baking process
The fresh herb is essential for me, love to have them in my cooking and use them for garnishes. At the moment the herbs are looking good in my garden.
Pumpkin is a very versatile vegetable, you can do so much with it. Hope you like my cooking using the pumpkin, enjoy the recipe and happy cooking.