We don’t celebrate halloween, but we do like pumpkin! Here in the UK they are only available for a very short time, and, frankly, are overpriced because no-one really thinks they are meant for eating. Well, here’s one of the ways we like to cook them. I hope you’ll give it a try
First, you need…..
a pumpkin! Wash it, trim the top and bottom, cut it into chunks and remove the seed. Either steam the chunks for 50 – 60 minutes or boil it for 25 – 30. Leave the skin on. If the pumpkin is old the skin will be too tough to eat, but there will be less waste of the pulp, and if it becomes tender it can be included in the recipe. (Don’t throw the seeds away, look on the internet for some recipes that include them. I sometimes carefully dry them in the oven and include them in breads.)
While it’s cooking slice some mushrooms
then wash a bag of spinach and cook it according to the instructions (steaming keeps the flavour in).
Now, cook a few leaves of lasagne and leave them on a tea towel to cool while you make a white sauce!
Grate some cheese
Chop the cooked pumpkin flesh and drain the spinach. I don’t press all the water out, just drain it. (If the skin is still hard just use a spoon to scrape off as much of the flesh as you can)
Next, layer the ingredients in an oven proof dish.
Season each layer with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated nutmeg. Finish with a layer of spinach covered with sauce and then sprinkle a good layer of grated cheese on top. Bake at 190 deg C for 30 to 40 mins
It’s good with crusty bread or garlic bread balls too.
If you try it let me know.