Halloween Evening and Roasted Sugar Pumpkin

It’s time of year when dominates gold colours. Autumn is already here for a while and all are in some special mood. Everybody is drinking more hot tea than water, eating soups in the evening in their warm homes and watching some nice movies.

For those occasions, we have an amazing simple recipe for you in a spirit of Halloween. But before, as many people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins, I will shortly write about history of Halloween, which makes this holiday and also this post more interesting.

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Halloween is the one of the oldest holidays, which dates from more then two thousand years ago. Some people looks at Halloween as a time for fun with all scary costumes at theme parties. Others see it as a time of ghosts and evil spirits that should be avoided. Often, Halloween is celebrated with no reference to pagan rituals.

There are many stories about origin of Halloween. As all we know, Halloween is celebrating on the 31st of October. This is the last day of the Celtic calendar. Halloween culture dates from old Druids, religious leaders among the Celtic peoples in Britain, Ireland, Western and Northern Europe. They believed the ghosts wandered by streets during night, so they decided to be nice and friendly that night and not harassing the ghosts. Later, from that came dressing up and having fun for Halloween.

And, now when we know something more about Hollow’s Eve, its time to make it funnier, but in the kitchen.

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Yesterday, in the late afternoon, while everybody was preparing their costumes for thematic parties, my husband and I went to buy one nice, big sugar pumpkin for a dinner in a Halloween style. In the same time we prepared roasted salted one and sweet one. Everything what you need is PUMPKIN !

Ingredients

Salted pumpkin                                 

  • 2kg sugar pumpkin
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, curry, paprika, rosemary

Sweet pumpkin    

  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla sugar

Method

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Cut the lid off the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Cut into pieces and line the baking tray.

For the salted ones, mix olive oil with all spices and coat pumpkin pieces. For sweet ones, coat pieces with honey and sprinkle them with cinnamon and vanilla. Bake in the oven for about 30 to 45 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft and golden.

You can serve it as a main vegetable meal, dessert or whatever you want.

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Enjoy your meal !

Clark and Chiquita

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