Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:34

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree is a snap to make and saves you a lot of money versus the canned versions.  Every Fall I got to the local farmers and purchase lots of pumpkins for baking soups, muffins, loaves and making smoothies over the winter. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and provides 245% of your daily requirement per cup. 

Pumpkin purree is simply cooked pumpkin, mashed or blended. Pumpkin pie filling usually has added spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sugar.

When I make my puree, I like to add the spices but not the sugar.  Then I simply freeze in small silicone muffin trays.  When they are frozen, I pop them out and seal them in an air tight container to be used over the winter and into the spring.

 

Pumpkin Puree

2 small pumpkins, cut in half and seeds scooped out.

Place on baking sheet, cut side down and place a little water in the sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees till soft.   Let cool and scoop pumpkin out into a bowl.

Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger spices.Scoop into small silicone muffin containers and pop in freezer till solid.  Then store in an airtight container.  Stays good in freezer for several months.

 

Published in Desserts & Treats
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:47

Greek Salad

Are you sick of boring old salads? Try this quick and light, Greek Salad. It would be great to take to a barbeque.

I was at the  Farmer's Market yesterday and picked up some fresh vegetables then grabbed some Goat's Milk Feta to put with it.  I have loads of fresh basil in the garden so that was picked and washed then added at the end.  

1 cup red peppers, chopped
1 purple onion, chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in halves
1 small container of Crumbled Feta Cheese (plain or herbed)
1-2 cucumbers, chopped
1/2 cup Sliced kalamata olives

Fresh basil and chives if you've got it

A drizzle of balsamic vinegar and grape seed oil
1-2 tsp of Greek seasoning, I used Epicure's Greek Salad Dressing herbs.

 

 

Published in Salads