I managed to get three plants - which I was thrilled with. We had a drought of a summer here in Norfolk, and my allotment plants had to fend for themselves without any watering from me.
Amazingly I got a really good crop of squashes and courgettes and made lots of roasted mixes for use over the winter, Most of which I have used up now - so it was time to get cooking again.
I had some stored in the lean too - these are HUGE
Because of their size - I can only lift one at a time -
I needed to wait until Pat could help me - and was in the mood too.
I just can't cut through the thick skins myself and he had a job
We couldn't manage all of them - it was too much work for me
Look at this lovely flesh. I have saved lots of the seeds
Here is what's cooking
Every oven, every tin I possess
Some used more than once - some with chilli powder too
Cooked up a treat
Chilli on the left, olive oil on the right
My goodness they smelt lovely - all this work for this
This is a massive bowl of the scooped out pumpkin which I have mashed
I'll have biceps like Popeye!
Guess how much this pumpkin mash weighs
A whopping 18lbs - yes eighteen pounds.
All bagged up now in one pound bags and frozen.
And I still have more to do!
And it is the best pumpkin flavour I have ever tasted!