This year Paul and I decided to carve some pumpkins for Halloween, but of course I knew that we couldn't let the pumpkin flesh go to waste. According to a recent article I read online, more than half the buyers of pumpkins in the UK intend to bin the flesh as food waste! This really shocked me as there are so many delicious things you can do with it.
First off I decided to make a Pumpkin Pie from the cookbook Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero; it's one I've made before and thoroughly enjoyed so I knew this classic would be an easy hit. I made it as a half size pie from the one in the recipe and made the purée by boiling the flesh for 20 minutes, draining it then blending it in a food processor. I found that 4 cups of flesh yielded me approximately 1½ cups of purée.
However, having carved our two huge pumpkins, I still had plenty of pumpkin flesh left so I decided to do something a bit unusual and make some Pumpkin and Ginger Jam from a recipe I found online.
Not wanting to let anything go to waste, I also roasted the seeds from the pumpkins to use in some tasty chocolate and pumpkin seed cookies based on the Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, substituting half the chocolate chips for roast pumpkin seeds! Joyously, like the Pumpkin Pie recipe linked to above, you can also find the recipe free online on Isa Chandra's website, although I do recommend that you also buy some of her fantastic recipe books too if you can afford it.
Did you carve pumpkins this Halloween? If so, what did you do with the leftover flesh? Please do let me know in the comments below!