It’s time to get into that spooky spirit!
Although the nights are drawing in and the weather makes you want to curl up in front of the fire, there’s still lots to do. So how can you make the most of the half term break and enjoy the Autumn seasonal produce and activities?
Instead of grabbing a pumpkin off the shelf at your local supermarket, support local farmers and take a trip and pick your own pumpkin. They come in all shapes and sizes and there are so may different varieties, it is quite a sight to see a whole field of them! So just grab your rain coats an pull on some wellies and get out for the day to show our small people how they grow creeping over the soil and where they come from.
To find a PYO near you search online there are lots to chose from. For the south coast check out the Visit Hampshire has a list of PYO sites.
When you have picked you favourite take them home and decide you next plan of action.
You could freestyle and create your own faces for them or just use some templates like the one below. Print them out and either trace over or cut them out and use as a guide to produce your perfect carving. https://redtri.com/pumpkin-design-templates/slide/1
If you really aren’t ready to be up and close with sharp implements then why don’t you try some simple painting and decorating. It doesn’t have to be scary. Just glue or pin anything you fancy to pimp up your pumpkin. As bakers, we especially love these donut decorated pumpkins, check out this article in Home Beautiful magazine for some great inspiration.
We would love to see what you have been up to so please share all your creations on our Instagram page @thekatiebakes.
Trick or Treat
Rather than giving sweets to those Trick or Treaters, why not have fun doing some Halloween baking and cooking and offer some freshly baked treats to your visitors. How about making some Eerie Eyeball Cake Pops, Halloween Cupcakes or if you want a bit of fun without the hard work, use our Spooky Skeleton Gingerbread Baking Kit to make and decorate some Gingerbread Skeletons or check out our other Halloween offerings.
Use It, Don’t Waste It!
When Halloween has passed and the decorations are all down, don’t forget to make the best use of your pumpkin. Did you know that 15 million pumpkins are being binned every year!!
Take a look at the Pumpkin rescue campaign to make the best of yours in which ever way suits you best. But read on for inspiration to use make the most of your pumpkin.
These are great snacks and are packed with vitamins and minerals and a great source of fibre. So scrape out the seeds and clean them off, boil in salted water for a few minutes, toss in some oil, spread out on a baking try and then bake in an oven until golden brown. You can roast with all sorts of flavourings, balsamic vinegar, honey or cumin to make so tasty healthy snacks.
There are some great recipes out there to create all sorts of pumpkin goodies. So scoop out the flesh and try some Pumpkin & chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin & coconut cake or take a look at our October Recipe of the Month, for Pumpkin Pancakes with Salted Caramel Butterscotch. to name a few.
Soup is a classic way to use up your pumpkin. Give it a twist by adding ginger or bacon. Alternatively toss pumpkin chunks in olive oil with cumin seeds and some chilli flakes and roast in the oven. Add crumbled Feta cheese and blanched tenderstem broccoli for the last 5 minutes of cooking delicious hot or cold, the next day.