Halloween is nigh – And Autumn.

October marks the beginning of Autumn for most of us

– although, so far it has been unseasonably warm this year. But when the weather eventually turns cold and damp we go straight into wither mode in our household – and that involve a change in clothes (obviously), the central heating is turned on (as late as feasibly possible), and our meal menu swaps from salads to warming winter comfort foods.

Cereal or a slice of toast for breakfast is swapped for a bowl of porridge. Warming soup with a crusty role becomes a lunchtime favourite and the evening meals tend to be something slow cooked or oven baked. As lovely as it is to cosy up for the onset of winter, the costs sky rocket – not to mention the calories!

It’s this time of year where making an effort to reduce our food waste in our family makes the most difference to reducing our grocery bills. It’s too easy to be tempted by all the wonderful treats and offers in the supermarket. But Staying sensible is important for two reasons – it reduces the amount we spend at the checkout counter – and it means we’re less likely to over buy food, and consequently waste less food.

But being sensible while grocery shopping is easier said than done! We use a few methods. Firstly, I make sure I never go shopping on an empty tummy. If I’m feeling in the least bit hungry I tend to buy more – especially snacks and unnecessary goodies.

Taking a shopping list is the most effective way of reducing cost. That way, we tend only to buy what we need. Making a daily meal list is something we’ve been having success with lately. We make a loose plan and buy just what we need for meals to a set number of days.

Our research has led us to understand that it is impossible to suggest a “one solution fits all” for reducing household food waste. Everyone’s circumstances are different. But in most cases, simply being aware makes a big difference. Certainly using our EatBy App is helpful too!

 

Anyway, the title of this post mentions Halloween. Which brings me onto the subject of making lanterns out of pumpkins. It’s a fun tradition and we’ve always enjoyed carving a face and hollowing out “the brains” with our young son. But it’s hard to imagine how much pumpkin food goes to waste if the insides are not used as part of the halloween meal or in a soup on November 1st.

We have some great recipes here on this blog – also available on our app. My favourite is the soup (below).

Stay warm and keep safe,
Barbara and Steffan.


Pumpkin Soup Recipe

 

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Here’s our favourite recipe for a delicious pumpkin soup…. Carving the Jack O' Lantern pumpkin lantern is great fun and the scooped out flesh makes a delicious soup. Perfect after an evening out trick or treating.
Halloween Pumpkin Soup Recipe
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Here’s our favourite recipe for a delicious pumpkin soup…. Carving the Jack O' Lantern pumpkin lantern is great fun and the scooped out flesh makes a delicious soup. Perfect after an evening out trick or treating.
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4Servings 10minutes 30minutes
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4Servings 10minutes
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  1. Heat the oil in a large pan or cauldron and add the onions, garlic and fry until soft.
  2. Add the pumpkin, carrots and lentils and pour in the hot stock. Season to taste.
  3. Cover and simmer for around half an hour or until the lentils and vegetables are soft.
  4. Remove from the heat.
  5. Blend, add cream or crème fraiche and blend again.
  6. Leave some cream over and allow the kids to make a scary face on the soup.
  7. Serve with crusty bread.
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Pumpkin Pie Recipe

 

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Seasonal Pumpkin Pie
A delicious sweet pumpkin pie for Halloween
Seasonal Pumpkin Pie
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A delicious sweet pumpkin pie for Halloween
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1pie 15minutes 1Hour 2Hours
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1pie 15minutes
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  1. Bake the pumpkin flesh on a baking tray at 180°C until soft
  2. Mash the pumpkin flesh with a potato masher. Let it cool.
  3. Turn the oven up to 220°C
  4. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the brown sugar, white sugar, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves, cardamom, and lemon zest.
  5. Add pumpkin puree and mix in. Then stir in the cream and mix until creamy.
  6. Pour the mix into the uncooked pie base.
  7. Bake at 220°C for 15 minutes.
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Allow to cool and serve with cream, vanilla ice cream, custard, or all three!

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Pumpkin Quesadilla Recipe

 

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Tickle your tastebuds with those leftover chapattis - yeah, 'cause there's always too many.
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Tickle your tastebuds with those leftover chapattis - yeah, 'cause there's always too many.
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2-4servings 5-10minutes 10minutes
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  1. Peel and cut pumpkin into thin strips.
  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan, add pumpkin strips and cook till golden and crisp. Add salt, mixed herbs and crushed peppercorns and mix well. Add red bird’s eye chillies and red chilli powder and mix well and sauté for a minute.
  3. For each quesadillas, place2 chapatis on a worktop, spread some of the Schezwan sauce on each, top with cheese, some spring onion slices, some green and black olive slices, sprinkle salt and remaining crushed peppercorns
  4. Place some pumpkin strips, some green and red capsicum strips and top with some more cheese.
  5. Place the remaining chapatis on top of each to make quesadillas.
  6. Heat some oil on a non-stick pan, shallow-fry quesadillas till brown and crisp on both the sides.
  7. Cut the quesadillas into wedges, arrange on a serving plate, garnish with both the capsicum strips and serve hot.
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