Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Pumpkin Pumpkin

Just a quick note with a short preface: It's definitely autumn.  Alex and I went to the Elysian's Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (which was AMAZING!) last Saturday.  Then on Sunday, Alex was still high on pumpkin and got inspired to buy a gigantic Cinderella pumpkin, stating that he wanted to put pumpkin in everything from now on.  So I roasted the pumpkin on Monday, and since then we've been adding roasted-pumpkin mush to everything we cook.  This has naturally lead to some really interesting flavor combinations, but my favorite is what I just made for dinner.  I was fully expecting it to be absolutely disgusting, because what I was craving and pumpkin is something I've never even remotely seen, and I honestly couldn't quite imagine how it would taste.  I just made a stir-fry, but here is the brilliant flavor combination that happened:

Cilantro + Lime + Cumin + Soy Sauce + Pumpkin

It's mostly cilantro, lime, and pumpkin, with a sprinkle of cumin and just enough soy sauce to add another dimension of complexity.  I love the way food totally surprises you sometimes!

Photo taken from the Ballard Farmers Market Blog
...that might actually be the pumpkin we bought on the left, from Nature's Last Stand.