Sunday, 21 October 2012

butternut squash harvest

 
This is an upside down post, with the finished result - a bowl of warming soup first.
 
 
The soup was from a recipe sent to me by my sister from a Sainsbury's magazine. It was just right for a blustery October evening, with warm overtones of cinnamon from the garam masala which was one of the ingredients.
 
Below is a picture of our butternut squash harvest, all of which are now safely stored in the garage.
 
Eighteen altogether of varying sizes!
I think I should have been more ruthless in removing some of the small squashes in order to produce more uniform larger ones, but it seemed such a shame at the time!
 
 
 
Most of the squashes have lovely smooth skin
 

... but 3 have splits in the skin, although still edible.



 
The squash ready for cooking -  


 
The variety was  Hurricane and were very easy to grow from seed. Although they have a tendency to roam at will across the plot, if you have the space, their delicious fruits more than compensate for this personality defect; they make velvety soups, soft golden mash and nutty,chewy morsels when roasted. Definitely worth another go next year. 

 

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. I see we are both keen on growing our own and cooking with the results. I will definitely add you to my Google reader as I'm sure I will love to read about what you are cooking... and hopefully glean some recipes too!

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  2. Thank you. We've had our allotment for about 18 months, so still a lot to learn!

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  3. I'm pleased to see the Sainsbury's recipe has come in useful. Your squashes look great. I'm quite envious - beginning to wish our veg plot was bigger!

    I've also been visiting Gina's blog regularly since I saw the link from your blog and love her textile art too.

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    1. Yep, was a good recipe. I haven't tried the other recipes yet. Will let you know when I do.

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