Pumpkin soup with crunchy walnuts and pepitas

To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup. Laurie Colwin In my part of the world pumpkin soup is synonymous with winter. Everyone has a favourite recipe and there are almost endless variations that enhance the rich, buttery flavour of pumpkin. My preferred pumpkin variety to use…

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Spicy roasted pumpkin

Now in my part of the world it is hot, hot, hot, and very steamy. It is not the weather for roast dinners, and snuggling beside a fireplace, or eating soup and thick crusty bread. But as I am a fanatical lover of pumpkin, this season is where salads with warm roasted pumpkin come into…

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Gnudi with pumpkin, burnt butter and sage

One of my cooking resolutions for this coming summer is to learn how to make pasta. It’s been on my to-do list for a couple of years and now is the time. Over summer our busy life slows down a little and I usually have a holiday break. Relaxation, and relaxed cooking and eating is…

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Roasted pumpkin with feta, tomato and pine nuts

Pumpkin is a staple vegetable in my part of the world, used much more for savoury dishes than sweet. There are a number of varieties that I use in my cooking but my favourite is Jap or Kent pumpkin which has a yellow-orange flesh that is soft and dry and a nutty flavour with natural…

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Pasta with roasted pumpkin and bacon

The sweetness of the roasted pumpkin contrasts beautifully with the salty crispnes of the bacon and the nuttiness of the parmesan. Buy the best quality parmesan you can – it really makes a difference when you use good quality cheese. Serves 4 750g jap pumpkin, diced into 1 cm cubes 250g bacon, finely diced 2…

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