Thursday, 30 October 2014

Jell-O No-bake pumpkin cheesecake



“Pumpkin Everythang”
 
Say hello to yours and my new best friend. Despite the fact that I hate cheesecake I wanted to make one with pumpkin but it had to be easy. I have been seeing these jello no bake cheesecake boxes for a very long time on the supermarket shelves. So I figured I would pop a can of pumpkin puree in it and make some pumpkin cheesecake bars. So said, so done.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Roasted Pumpkin cranberry hash


“Pumpkin Everythang”


I’m not going to sugar coat it, this recipe arrived from sheer desperation of something quick and easy for dinner. I was cooking some salmon and ran out to the grocery store leaving my mother to start the rice. As I walked back into the house she said we have no rice. I was not about to go back out the door. All we had were a few 'fluxy' potatoes, flour and pumpkin. So our choices were baked or mashed potatoes, boiled dumplings or baked pumpkin. So baked pumpkin it was.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Asian turkey stuffed squash



“Pumpkin Everythang”


No one told me that during gourd season there were so many different varieties in the grocery store. Usually I’m in Jamaica during this time and we have one pumpkin, green skinned yellow flesh nothing new. However I waltz into stop and shop expecting to pick up a normal slice and the only thing I recognized in the pile was some butternut squash. I mean they had dimples, bumps, weird curves, some were purple, and they truly looked like something out of this world. Even though most are bitter and inedible, all I kept thinking was how hard they must be to peel. I picked up my two squashed and headed home to stuff them.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Curry chicken pot pumpkin pie


“Pumpkin Everythang”



I am yet again reminded of how annoying it is to cook food for this blog in a kitchen other than my own. My sister begged me to make this recipe while I was in NY and not in Jamaica, so I obliged. Who doesn’t love a good pot pie? This one is not baked into a corn muffin like my last one, but is full of pumpkin goodness; the filling is much thicker than normal because I used an entire can of pumpkin puree in addition to fresh pumpkins. The curry, the chicken and all the veggies along with the crust makes for a lovely meal.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Jamaican Chicken Pumpkin Soup


“Pumpkin Everythang”


Pumpkin is such a widely used vegetable here in Jamaica; I’ve had pumpkin dumplings, fritters, rice, curry pumpkin, in steamed fish and foil roasted fish. You name it and pumpkin has been there. Now when it comes to soup, there is no way one can make any soup here, without the addition of pumpkin. It’s almost unheard of, an unwritten Jamaican rule. So much so that to make the task of having a pumpkin soup quicker a number of companies most notably Grace, makes a pumpkin soup sachet. The other day I saw a pumpkin and beef and a pumpkin and chicken flavor too; I chuckled.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Pumpkin ricotta cannelloni


 “Pumpkin Everythang”

This month I am definitely on a roll. Every single recipe just gets better and better, don’t mean to toot my own horn……but uhhhh…. beep beep! This is a very subtle, flavorful and delicious dish. Ricotta pairs so well with the garlic roasted pumpkins and the cannelloni pasta is the perfect vessel for this special blend of ingredients.  And it’s so weird because I’m normally not a very big ricotta fan (go figure).

Friday, 10 October 2014

Pumpkin hot chocolate


 “Pumpkin Everythang”

I am a lover of hot chocolate, warm, creamy and sweet. There is nothing better on a cold night. For whatever reason I almost always prefer hot chocolate at night than mornings but that’s neither here nor there. The last hot chocolate I made for this blog is by absolute favorite, and if you’re not a fan of pumpkin and rather a more citrusy kick, check out my orange hot chocolate. In the event that you are obsessed with fall and all things rich, creamy and orange, continue reading to get the recipe for the perfect cup.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

'Yardie' pumpkin fish pie


“Pumpkin Everythang”


I love casserole dishes, where the meat and carb is baked into one lovely slab of flavor. I had a lot of fun tweaking the traditional fish pie recipe to fit with the pumpkin month theme. And not only that Instead of making the fish pie filling the traditional way, I revamped it to incorporate all the lovely Jamaican flavors of allspice, coconut,  thyme, scallions and scotch bonnet peppers. Its fish pie “yardie” style.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Pumpkin Omelet




“Pumpkin Everythang”

Well hello my greedy guys and gals, welcome to the second annual greedy girl pumpkin month. If you were here with me last year you will now realize that every October I will dedicate the recipes to this one round orange gourde.  Last year I made 9 pumpkin recipes everything from soups to panna cotta.  If you’re like me, you will agree that breakfast is the best meal of the day. This recipe is my attempt to combine my favorite breakfast dish with a not so conventional ingredient. Let’s face it, when was the last time you ever had a pumpkin omelet? 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Garlic Grilled Cheese sandwich





It’s the last day in September and the last post for Lunchables month. Cheese sandwiches, especially ham and cheese sandwiches are another lunch time favorite.  There is something to be said about two buttery crispy pieces of bread with gooey cheese in the center. Just for a little something extra I decided to 'grill' mine in my waffle maker. An interesting twist I think the kids would love.