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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Stored sunshine



There is nothing better, 
in the middle of a cold winter,
than chopping into a perfect pumpkin.


One you planted and nurtured through the summer,
as it soaked up the warm summer sun.
Picked at its best and stored away.

Roast it till it's soft and sweet.
Mash it with some home-grown potatoes from your store.
Add an egg from the girls, and lashings of flour.
Knead it, roll it, and cut into little dumplings.


Drop these into boiling water
and cook them for few short minutes
till they float to the surface.
Scoop them out and serve them in a delicious sauce.


Tonight it was a cream based sauce 
with one rasher of free range bacon, 
lots of garlic (yep, home grown), 
a handful of spinach (because all meals deserve a bit of green) 
and topped off with a sprinkling of parmesan.


Make lots, allow them to air-dry for a few hours. 
Dust them with more flour 
and package them up for the freezer.

Next time I might try a golden butter and sage sauce.

Now that must be the true definition of 
solar power!
Stored in summer, used in winter
 to charge our batteries!

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful! What type of "pumpkin" was that? Lots of flesh, very small see cavity.

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    1. It was a Jap pumpkin...maybe or a Jap crossed with something else. It certainly had a lot of flesh.

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  2. All I would have to do is look at that scrumptious meal and the kilos would pile on! So much you can cook using pumpkin.

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    1. Lydia, it doesn't have to have a cream sauce. The actual gnocchi isn't that fattening and you only need a small server as it is very filling. Besides, what's wrong with a few kilos to insulate one in winter. LOL

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  3. That looks soooo good and so easy, I'm going to try it. It's so good to have you back Hazel.

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  4. That is a great idea for a recipe and so economical too. Must try this next year...I had pumpkin fail big time round here this year...not a single one.

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  5. Yum Yum!!! Absolutely stored sunshine! What a very Nigella way of putting it, you domestic goddess you.

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  6. Love pumpkin, never thought about describing it as stored sunshine but that's exactly what it is!!!!

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  7. Stored sunshine and orange vitamins what more do you need? I think I just might come for lunch - keep some in the freezer for me!
    How would pumpkin golden syrup dumplings go?
    HDW

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    1. Dear HDW, hurry up and come home! I have kept you some gnocchi and you are always welcome for lunch...or dinner...or just move in! (For those of you wondering if I am propositioning HDW, you should know that she is my sister.)

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  8. Looks delicious! I'm growing pumpkin this year but with our wet and windy weather I'm not sure I'll get results. Your dish looks very gourmet!

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  9. Love the sound of your delish dumplings and the sauce too :D)

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  10. Yep we are enjoying our lovely pumpkins too :) I just love the smell when they are cut open...Yum love the sound of your recipe, must give it a try :)

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