Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Everything!!

Lately there has been one vegetable above all else that I've been going back to again and again over the last month for both sweet and savoury dishes. Can you guess what it is? Yep, Pumpkin!! So I'm going to compile all a good few of the dishes I've been making into this post. 

 Pumpkin (and autumnal veg) & Bean Casserole

 Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Buns

 Pumpkin Scones

Low-fat Pumpkin mini Cheesecakes

 Pumpkin Ravioli with Purple Basil Pesto

Pumpkin Pancakes & Orange Spice Yogurt

Pumpkin & Raisin Tea Loaf (totally forgot to take a picture of the actual loaf)

I've also been adding pumpkin pie spice to pretty much everything I can, to say I'm a little obsessed would be a bit of an understatement! I'm sure there will be many more pumpkin dishes to come, I've a big "to-cook" list of ideas so keep an eye out for more! If you haven't gone out and bought some beautiful organic local pumpkin and squashes, what are you waiting for? Go!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

I truly am addicted to this delicious warming spice mix at the moment! It's hugely popular and easily available in the US but not so much here sadly. However it's an absolute doddle to make, is the work of minutes and adds a gorgeous autumnal flavour to anything you add it too.

My perfect spice mix ratio is:

4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoon dried ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
1/2 teaspoon ground clove

Put everything into a little jar, gently mix and use to your hearts content! My favourites uses for it at the moment are on my porridge in the morning, on top of a coffee (think cappuccino), on rice pudding, a dusting over warm milk, cupcakes or buns, in a tea loaf, mini cheesecakes, scones, pancakes..the list is practically endless!! What are your favourite ways to use pumpkin spice?

Check out my video in for more info and how to make my perfect pumpkin puree (delicious in my homemade pumpkin spice lattes!).