WWW. Pumpkin Mash and Hatchet Ratatouille with Chicken.

I love the Autumn! Not too hot, a bit damp but not flooded or snowing, crunchy leaves underfoot, students returning, fires justifiable and best of all, the produce! Pumpkins, squash and marrows. Hazelnuts, chestnuts and sunflower seeds. Cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower. Blackberries, elderberries and sloes. Tomatoes, peppers and chillies. Everything delicious and and colourful and carby and flavourful.

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Around £7 worth of fresh Autumn food.

So, the first of today will be a simple pumpkin mash recipe, to make good use of a wedge from a bulky pumpkin.

Ingredients:

-500-700g/17.6-24.7oz seeded, peeled pumpkin

-200g/7oz mashed potato or 100g plain flour or 50g rice flour

-200ml/7floz double cream

-2tsp pepper

-1/4tsp cloves

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-pot

-blender or potato masher

Recipe:

1: Slice the pumpkin into rough chunks.

2: Put on the lowest heat and allow to simmer until the pumpkin changes colour and softens.

3: Add cream and starch. Blend.

4: Simmer. Add pepper and cloves when almost ready.

And next is less of a recipe and more of a general outline. For those who want the delicious taste or ratatouille without the exactness.

Ingredients:

-500g/17.6oz of the following: courgette, aubergine, summer squash, onion, sweet red pepper, sweet yellow pepper

-400g/14.1oz of tomatoes

-3-6 cloves of garlic

-5 leaves of basil or 1tsp dry basil or 1 sprig fresh oregano or 1tsp dry oregano or 1 leaf fresh mint or 1/4tsp dry mint

-olive oil

-salt and pepper

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan, pot or baking tray

Recipe:

1: Chop the vegetables roughly, so they won’t disintegrate.

2: Peel and crush the garlic. Add to the tray/pan/pot with a little oil. Put on a medium-high heat.

3: Once the garlic is softened, add the vegetable mix. Lower the heat right down. Add a bit more oil.

4: Once the vegetables are half cooked, add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and herb. Stir to spread through.

5: Leave to simmer. Add water if the fluid level drops too low. Keep stirring minimal.

6: Once all the vegetables are softened but retaining their shape, serve.

We had ours with chili-roast chicken.

We had ours with chili-roast chicken.

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