Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carving up some pumpkins, roasting up some seeds

As a kid growing up in India, Halloween wasn't really on my radar. Okay, so maybe it made an appearance in books, much like Guy Fawkes did, but ol Jack'O'Lantern didn't really make his presence felt until quite recently. But what a delight he is!


The perfect combo of ghoulish horror and mischievous whimsy. Mr. FrankenPumpkin graces our window and winks at us, keeping his secrets close.

See the Pumpkin Masters Carving Kit? It was great! Knowing I was gung ho about  pumpkin carving, MIL gifted us this little set. It lurked in our drawers for months (one doesn't carve up non-pumpkin food after all) until finally meeting its carving destiny this year. Now it'll lurk again until next year's Jack'O. I highly recommend - the scoop was perfect for dealing with the innards, the little saw ensured that my pumpkin carving adventures didn't turn into an actual horror movie. What more do you want from a carving kit after all? I didn't end up using their patterns and whatnots, preferring to let out the artist inside me (she hides for most of the year), but they seem pretty nice too.

The one secret he did give up though, was a treasure trove of seeds! Delicious bits of nutty flavor that get crackly and crunchy when you roast them up.
 


And roast them we did! But of course when faced with pumpkin seeds, you also face the eternal question: sweet or salty? Sweet or salty? How to pick? Impossible!


Best, then, to just do both.


These will last all of five minutes before they're munched up and gone. You might have to go get another pumpkin.

Savory Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dried)
1/2 tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
1/2 - 1 tsp olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 300.

Toss the pumpkin seeds with olive oil, chili powder, and salt. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes.


Sweet Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (cleaned and dried)
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 300. 

Toss the pumpkin seeds with the brown sugar and olive oil, and spread them on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes.

Have a happy halloween, everyone! 

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