A Tale of Two Cucurbits
The other cucurbit is pumpkin (this family also includes in case you didn't know cucumbers and summer squash). My son Ciaran was insisting on pumpkin bread so Rachel bought a can of pumpkin. This is the second time we have bought a can of pumpkin. Normally I make mashed pumpkin out of either Queensland blue or the tan long island cheese pumpkins, both great tasting, (and Queensland stores really well too) but the flood more or less wiped out the winter squash crop (which coincidentally is one of the things I am planting up at South Village). Well, I have heard that this is one thing that you might as well get canned. People say for all the work it makes little difference if you use canned or fresh pumpkin, so I thought I would try it. IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Both now and at Thanksgiving I was disappointed. I mean, the canned was passable, but there is definitely something missing, and to be honest, I don't find the pumpkin cooking process that odious, especially in the middle of winter when you want to heat up your house anyways.
Yep, the next few weeks are always the hardest for fresh and local veg, then it starts to ease up with baby spinach and asparagus etc.
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