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Pumpkin laksa

I started writing this post months ago and thought I should get finished it since it’s about pumpkin based soups and here it is spring.  (Though as I type it’s a typical spring – raining and a little chilly so I could well imagine a bowl of something hot right now).

I’ve been trying to do a weekly meal plan and that includes some prep for meals later in the week to save time.  I roast pumpkin one night when the oven’s on so it’s quicker to use when cooking with it.  I leave the skin and seeds on and just cut it into large quarters – it’s easier to cut up and take the skin off when already cooked.  It can be turned into a seafood or chicken laksa (see below) although there’s nothing wrong with pumpkin soup.  If you don’t like spicy hot food don’t be put off by the idea of a laksa – most of the jar sauces you buy aren’t that spicy hot but are full of flavour. Use less rather than more if you’re not sure.  (Ok, ideally you would make your own laksa or curry paste from scratch anyway).

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Roasting pumpkin

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Spring seed sowing – tomatoes

After months of winter it’s suddenly seed sowing time. I sow tomatoes, chillies and capsicums inside at the start of September so they get some good growth before getting them outside October/November. All my tomato seeds have germinated well and a couple of weeks on are ready for the next stage which is to put them outside for the day (and bring them back in at night) to harden them up for planting outside.  (I’ve bought some different chilli seeds this year that I can’t wait to try so will post about them separately soon).

I’m always trying different tomato varieties.  I love the range on the Bristol seeds website in particular and am really only limited by space and logistics – have a look at the options available and and you’ll see what I mean.  These tasty varieties aren’t commercially viable so we don’t get to buy them to eat – some of my plants only produce three or four fruit – so the only option is to grow them ourselves. Continue reading