September 14, 2009

Weekend Herb Blogging #201 - Hokkaido Pumpkin

It is the third time that I am allowed to host the Weekend Herb Blogging, that is taking big steps towards its 4th Year! A weekly blog event created by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen and now it its managed by Haalo, of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once. I am looking forward to your entries!

Here is what you have to do: prepare a recipe using herbs, vegetables, plants, edible flowers or fruit on your own blog, and email the link over to me ( friedblogs [at] gmail [dot] com) before Sunday the 20th September.

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Send an email to friedblogs AT gmail DOT com with WHB#201 in the subject line and the following details:

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Last time I hosted, it was spring knocking on our doors, and now autumn has just arrived! Markets are full with different kinds of winter squash, mais, apples, pears and other beautiful autumn fruits and vegetables. I couldn't resist buying a few of them last weekend. I picked some yellow patty pans, a butternut and a Hokkaido pumpkin. Expect a smaller bunch of squash recipes this week on my blog!

Winter squash belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and they come in a large variety in color, size, shape and taste. Pumpkins taste sweet and nutty and can be prepared in many different ways from soup to dessert. The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon". The origin of pumpkins is not definitively known. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 B.C., were found in Mexico.
Pumpkins contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging. It is very rich in potassium an
d its intakes in magnesium and iron are not to be neglected. The bright orange flesh of pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene. This vitamin is an important antioxidant that helps us fight free radicals. (source:wikipedia)

One member of this big family is the Hokkaido Pumpkin, that is available in two varieties: dark orange and light green. I decided to prepare a parfait from it and served it among a warm apple cider sauce.

250 g pumpkin
170 g honey
150 ml orange juice
4 egg yolks

150 ml milk
1 piment
1 clove
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

250 ml cream
150 ml cidre
1 tablespoon cane sugar
1 pinch of nutmeg

1 clove
2 pinches of cinnamon
1 apple
juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 teaspoon cornstarch

If needed peel and (Hokkaido doesn't have to be peeled) slice pumpkin. Cook in orange juice among 50 g honey for 20-25 minutes on low heat. Puree and set aside. Bring milk with the spices to boil. Whisk egg yolks with the rest of the honey and pour hot milk into it. Take it back to the heat until it thickens, set aside to cool. Whisk in pumpkin puree and beaten cream. Fill in a form and freeze it for 5-6 hours or over night. For the sauce heat cidre with sugar and the
spices, reduce half and stir in dissolved starch. Dice apple and sprinkle with lemon juice. Remove from heat and add diced apple.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That is one of my favorite pumpkins! What a wonderful recipe!



Mini Baker said...

I just found your blog and I love it! You've got so many interesting recipes :)
-Mini Baker

Faith said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leading me to yours! This recipe sounds so decadent and delicious, and perfect for fall!

Shaheen said...

Wow. I am well impressed. I have a load of baby squashes, I wonder if the parfait will work with them.

Jasmin said...

That is really a wonderful idea. I´m already tired of all the pumpkin soups and stuff, and the season hasn´t even started. But using pumpkin for a parfait seems definitely worth a try!

Cindystar said...

that's super, noemi!
I started buying pumpkins as well, I really adore them and must try your parfait!
have a nice week!

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