Good news, I should have my phone back at the end of this week which means lots of lovely photos for the blog yippee! LO was dressed as a vampire in his tuxedo babygro and one of my scarves as a cape - quite the charmer, we might need to do a re-take. I must say the tux babygro has been a favourite - we can drag it out for any occasion from birthday bash to Chicago gangster at a murder mystery party, and now dracula. It has no feet so has lasted far beyond the age on the label, but best of all it's a babygro, so if you're at a party, there is no need to wake and change him into pyjamas late at night.
So the money saving part of this blog is not a pumpkin soup recipe. I imagine that pumpkins will be getting cheaper in supermarkets over the next week and I am bored of making soup with the innards so sought out alternative recipies. Lo and behold, I found two in one book: the Abel & Cole Cookbook (which came free with a veggie box). A staple book in our family as the instructions are easy and the results always delicious. Although we now get our veggies locally, the quality from Abel & Cole was unbeatable and they have plenty of free and delicious recipes online, so do take a look http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/recipes.
Chicken and Pumkin Casserole
This is very easy to make. I'm a fan of 'one pot wonders' - delicious nutritious, feeds masses, and easy to clear up. This one got the thumbs up from the grandparents too. It involved browning the chicken (8 small pieces) and onions (1/2 mug) in oil and butter. Adding chopped pumpkin (or squash - 2 mugs) and carrots (1 mug), stock (1.5 mugs) and sage, and leaving to simmer for 30min. Top with cashews or walnuts and serve with a hunk of bread.
This was followed by a custard pumpkin tart which I served with sweet seasonal and apples.
Of course, don't forget to bake the seeds with just a touch of oil, season with salt and pepper and eat while they're warm and crispy.
Delicious, so get out there and take advantage of the cheaper seasonal produce.