One pumpkin down (with rice stuffing recipe)

Frankly I’m a little embarrassed.

I totally and utterly fucked up my first butternut pumpkin dish.

I decided to do roasted and stuffed pumpkin – thanks Renee! – because I thought I was a good way to showcase the pumpkin, which was after all the star of the dish. (Sorry I’ve been watching waaaay too much Masterchef).

I was really pleased with the rice, mushroom and leek stuffing, but totally failed to cook the pumpkin all the way through. So Reece and I ended up eating gorgeous rice stuffing with a tiny bit of cooked pumpkin and mostly raw pumpkin pushed to the sides of our plates.

It all started so well…

Isn't it cute and all hollowed out!

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Three little pumpkins all in a row

So I got me some butternut pumpkins. Murderously expensive pumpkins in actual fact…but more on that later.

Aren’t they cute?

WTF? Why is she blogging about this I hear you cry.

Well let me enlighten you.

In this neck of the woods (the Manila woods) butternut pumpkin is rare…like really rare…like rare like hens teeth rare. And I truly love pumpkin. I love it not only for me and how much I love the taste, but also because it is one of only a handful of vegetables I can feed my fussy vegetable-hating husband.

And the pumpkin here is monotonous…always the same boring jap. Now don’t get me wrong, the jap pumpkin is a fine vegetable, but it is boring. And doesn’t have tham same nutty sweetness of the butternut variety.

Plus, variety is the spice of life, and there is precious little variety to be found here in the comforting vegetables of home. There is only one kind of potato, only one (maybe two) kinds of onions, certainly only one carrot (the large and misshapen kind). I like choice! So when choice is offered to me, I go mental. Mental to the tune of 15 Aussie dollars for three small pumpkins.

So I need you to tell me…what can I do with my murderously expensive pumpkins?

What would you do with three beautiful butternut pumpkins? What is your favourite pumpkin recipe?

Help me O internet friends.

And for those non-pumpkin lovers out there…what vegetables do you like choice in? And what would you miss if you lived away from home?