Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

As we were driving from York to Whitby we passed this pumpkin farm and just had to stop. It looked more like the USA than North Yorkshire.

The farmer said it had been a bumper crop due to the wet weather in July and August and the dry sunny weather in September. If you look carefully at the top of the photo above our vintage camper van is in the background.

The pumpkins at the top of the photo above, in the wheelbarrow are 'blue' pumpkins which are supposed to be great roasted - I bought one of these and one traditional orange one. The ones on the wall have been spray painted black and gold!!

Today I have been making pumpkin pies and baked pumpkin cheesecakes for the Halloween party we always attend. I discovered that the best way to cook pumpkins is to cut them in half, remove the pith and seeds and then roast them in the oven cut side down. It only takes about 40 mins and then the skin just peels off. I can't believe how much flesh I have got from one medium size pumpkin - enough to make 5 large cheesecakes/pies and 2 pounds of pumpkin flesh put in the freezer.


blushing rose said...

Pretty pics. Marie said those blue pumpkins will last for 4 years ... that would be awesome.

Have a BOO-tea-FuLl Halloween. TTFN ~Marydon

** Watch for huge giveaways that start tomorrow for several weeks.

Rachel said...

I didnt know there were different kinds of pumpkins and different colours - hope you had a good party.

anthea said...

lovely pics so charming, would be a gr8 source for a quilt. hope you enjoyed your stay in Whitby, I love it over there.