Halloween 2014

Until about 5 o’ clock this evening, you could have been mistaken for wondering if it was actually the last day of October. It was sunny and 19°C – and my washing dried on the line in a couple of hours.


Home-grown Halloween pumpkin

But the Halloween pumpkin got carved this afternoon and went straight into a pumpkin cake. Well, a tiny proportion of the flesh did. The rest is in the fridge, waiting for me to decide what to do with it.

Cakes is fine, though, and judging by how fast they disappeared this evening, I think the pumpkin could very soon be no more…. Then if I can get the second one still growing on the vine to ripen we can do it all over again. Without the trick or treating this time!

© Helen Butt, October 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Halloween 2014

  1. It must be a great feeling to have grown your own Jack-o-lantern.
    Have a Happy halloween

    • Helen says:

      Oh yes, it’s a great feeling!

      Happy Halloween to you, too, Honey. By the way, do you have anything like this in Sweden?

      • Halloween is a new holiday here. Since 2000 we are seeing decorations and costumes being sold more and more. It started in larger cities but even in the country I have seen jack-o-lanterns on porches today when we drove through the countryside on our way home today. Many people do no celebrate it still. It is very popular with young families with children. We enjoy Halloween.
        It is more private parties. I really enjoy the holiday.

        • Helen says:

          It’s got bigger here but I don’t really like trick or treating. Still, it was nice to see my daughter being a bit independent and going round the neighbours’ with one of her friends.

  2. drofmit4108 says:

    Spiced Pumpkin Icecream
    that is one idea for you…
    always goes down a storm…
    and has a secret ingredient….
    black pepper!!
    The recipe is here:
    on my wife’s food blog.
    Another is…
    Pumpkin conserve with butter
    it has the potential to keep forever…
    but never lasts long enough…
    to see what its keeping qualities actually are!
    It makes a good spread…
    excellent stirred into yoghurt…
    make some ginger cake…
    cut it in half horizontally…
    and put the pumpkin conserve in the middle…
    or just serve slices of cake with the conserve spread on it.!!
    Not to be confumbled with “Pumpkin Butter”…
    which contains NO butter and tastes boring…
    especially if you want some inner glow on a dark, drear Winter’s day!!
    Recipe is here:
    That type doesn’t roast like a Butternut…
    but it is still good roasted in chunx with…
    potato, onion, carrots, beetroot, parsnips, tomatoes and garlick…
    all drizzled over with olive oil… salt and pepper to taste!
    I could go on… and on… and on!!
    Have a good November.
    [For more pumpkin entries: http://livingtoeat-pollygarter.blogspot.fr/search?q=pumpkin%5D

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