Friday, April 3, 2009

The Singing Rainbow*: Orange

It doesn't feel like Autumn around here. There isn't that bite in the air, our week has been mostly** squintingly sunny and the leaves haven't even dreamt of 'turning' – although that may have something to do with our searing summer, frying them to crispy bits.

The evidence in our garden does suggest otherwise. Big orange pumpkins are crying out for a soup ladle. Except it's way too sweaty for that sort of thing and I'm looking to broaden the repertoire. I have reliable information that pumpkin bread is the go but I'm also interested in the larger than life reputation of pumpkin pie. We simply don't do pumpkin pie here and I have the faintest inkling one good reason is an unavailable, but vital ingredient(?). Needless to say, any top recipe tips from experts in the know, would be mightily appreciated by all in the firing line of endless Soup de Loup.

(nb. For those with keen eyes, the spot of definitively-not-orange, is the wayward red of a gratuitously posing ladybird).

Last week it was the school's Autumn Festival. A perfect excuse to plan for when it stops feeling like summer and purchase an addition for the seasonal shelf. In attendance were the ladies from The Friendship Tree with beautifully crafted bits, and this pumpkin, glorious in its orangeness...

...has treasures inside.

PS. For those with commendable wherewithall and willing to embark on a rainbow backtrack, try here, here, here, here and here.

* The Singing Rainbow is based on the song "I can sing a Rainbow", by Arthur (I've-Got-A-Lot-To-Answer-For) Hamilton. The colours of the rainbow as they appear in this song are: red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue. Those who grew up with the correct colours of the rainbow, know them as dictated by the Roy G Biv rule: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

The Roy G Biv rainbow makers are:
• Michelle at Green Kitchen
• Suse at Pea Soup
• Patrice at Making Peace
• Jo at The Cart Before the Horse

** Gloating in my organisation, I began this post last night, back when it was still 32 degrees celsius. Since then we have received torrential rainstorms, boneshaking thunder and a considerable, almost Autumnal, drop in temperature.


SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Chop peeled pumpkin into chunks , toss in a bit of good olive oil , put in a single layer in a baking dish , tear some fresh rosemary over it , sprinkle ( not too generously ) with coarse sea salt . Roast in the oven .....temperature depending largely on whatever else is in at the same time but not too hot, 40 mins. or so occasionally . Lovely with roast chicken .( Now you see why I'm not a cookery writer !)

Tania said...

The bit I like best is the 'prod occasionally'. I'm pretty good at a doubtful, anticipatory or hurry along prod. (thank you!).

tired mum said...

What about Pumpkin risotto?
Other ideas...Pumpkin chips...Salad made with baby spinach leaves, grilled pumpkin and chickpeas? said...

I *LOVE* blogs from down under-they let me get my autumn fix year round! I just found your blog and WOW! I love it here! The chicken softie is so fantastic! I would love to link to him on Monday if you don't mind.

leslie said...

pumpkin pie is delish, you should definitely give it a go! i don't think the recipe uses anything you can't get here - most call for tinned pumpkin puree but you could roast and make your own easy peasy. there should be heaps of recipes on - look for one that has a good rating and it's bound to be a winner : )