You may remember my gardening post from August this year? Well three and a half of the pumpkins survived. One was slightly chewed by slugs so we cut the bad parts away and used the good flesh to make a pumpkin pie. That was a few weeks ago. The other three pumpkins were harvested at the same time and have been sitting on top of the fridge waiting for this weekend.
We had pumpkin soup on Saturday from one of the carved pumpkins and I found a recipe on-line which Paul adapted and used to make Pumpkin bread yesterday (he'll be adding it to his bread website later - see my sidebar for the link). The bread is actually more like cake but was a lot tastier than the soup - I preferred the butternut squash soup we made last weekend.
Last night we had about five different groups of 'Trick or Treaters' - the little ones came first in splendid costumes, their parents hovering halfway up the drive. Our last group were some boys of about ten or eleven years old. We had put the smaller of the two carved pumpkins near the front door with a lighted tea-light inside to guide the way - after the boys had taken two or three sweets from the bowl one of them said to me 'Thank you, Happy Halloween - I like your pumpkin - it's small, but cool!'
Later it was lovely to sit in the light from the pumpkins and other candles with a glass of wine and Downton Abbey on the television.
We've saved the seeds from the pumpkins and the butternut squash to see if we can grow some more next year.