Roasting pumpkin is one of the most delicious ways to cook pumpkin and brings out its natural sweetness. Pair it with some feta, chilli, sesame seeds and a drizzle of honey and you have the best side dish or meal in one! This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
This recipe came at a time when I had some marinated steak but no sides. I could have eaten it in a sandwich and added some caramelised onions but I wanted something slightly healthy to eat along with it. I am slightly obsessed with side dishes because I love vegetables. So I picked up a whole butternut pumpkin that had been sitting in a bowl on the kitchen bench neglected for about two months and made an impromptu salad.
Peeling and slicing a butternut pumpkin is easier than other varieties and I just kept adding flavours that I liked to it. I stashed it in the fridge for dinner and a couple of hours later it ended up being an excellent vegetable accompaniment to steak. Roasting the pumpkin intensifies and sweetens the flavour and the sesame seeds, feta, chilli and honey add so much texture and dimension to it. What I also liked about it was that it could be eaten cold or hot depending on the hemisphere in which you dwell.
Last week I met with my goddaughter Evie and her sister Audrey. Evie refers to me as her "fairy godmother" which is a title that I am more than happy to claim. However, as a result I feel compelled to bring her special treats and surprises - she's clearly a rather clever girl! ;)
Her mum Lulu was telling me that Evie is rather obsessed with tutus. In fact she can often be heard proclaiming "I must wear a tutu!" She wanted to wear one after swimming practice and pretty much on every single occasion both inside and outside the home. Riding a bike? That requires a pink sequin tutu. Eating a slice of Swiss cheese? Yep that would be an tutu occasion. And I swear I had nothing to do with this although it does sound like something that I might encourage.
Evie is also known to be on the stubborn side (again nothing to do with me but Mr NQN did give me a look) and she has to have certain things her way. Later that week I caught myself saying to Mr NQN "I must have vegetables!" and then I realised that I had perhaps somehow remotely perhaps unleashed my personality onto my goddaughter who lives 80 kilometres away. Oops!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you prefer hot or cold salads? And do you like to be overdressed or underdressed?