This improvised pumpkin risotto was an accidental triumph for tonight’s dinner. We have a glut of pumpkins after a surprisingly successful summer growing in the garden and I’ve had to get a bit creative to keep things interesting. Sian is not a fan of risotto but I managed to twist her arm just this once. I just had the end of a packet of risotto rice left but had a jar of casserole mix to bulk it out with. Also we had no vegetable stock, but beef stock worked surprisingly well.
This would easily work as a vegan dish by taking out the cheese and butter and using veggie stock. I don’t think it would suffer flavour-wise because it was packed full of it, but it would miss a bit of creaminess I suppose.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Risotto
1 x Small Sweet Pumpkin – about 5″ – chopped into chunks and seeds reserved
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp Paprika
1L Beef Stock
2 small onions, finely diced
2 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
75g paella or risotto rice
50g casserole mix – lentils, barley etc.
1 tbsp butter
A few sprigs of sage, sliced into ribbons
Preheat the oven to 200°C Fan. Spread the pumpkin chunks out in a baking tray, drizzle with oil and season well. Rub the oil and seasoning into the pumpkin and pop the tray into the oven. Set a timer for 30 minutes.
Wash the seeds in a sieve and pat dry. Spread them in another tray, drizzle a little oil, season, and add paprika. Mix well and put to one side for a bit.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. When it’s warm, add the butter, then the onions, and stir fry until soft and starting to brown. Turn the heat down a touch, add the garlic and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
Add the rice and casserole mix to the pan and stir until coated with oil.
Bit by bit, add the stock a glug at a time. Stir until all the liquid is absorbed, then add the next glug. This will take 25 minutes or so. Don’t stop stirring.
When the pumpkins have 10 minutes left, add the seeds to the oven.
Once the pumpkins are done, take them out of the oven, turn it off, and put some pasta bowls in to warm through. Using a knife and fork, remove the skins and chop the pumpkins into 2cm pieces.
The risotto should be getting thick and creamy by now. Once the grains are tender, remove from the heat. Grate over a whack of parmesan and stir in, with the pumpkin chunks. Sprinkle over the roasted seeds. Serve your delicious pumpkin risotto in warm bowls!
October is here! The Spooky Season has arrived and the nights are drawing in. It’s time to gather your coven indoors out of the rain. With these craft ideas for Halloween, you’re sure to keep the boredom demon away.
As the summer fades, the rich and radiant colours of Autumn have arrived, along with a bit of a chill! This is definitely my favourite time of the year, because of that feeling of change in the air, the anticipation of the winter celebrations, and the arrival of certain spiced hot drinks in the coffee shops. Plus of course, I’m a bit of a closet goth, so Halloween is my time!
It’s also a time when we’re more indoors, and looking for activities to keep us busy. We’ve put together a few ideas from our store, and further afield.
Now, it’s time for us to dust off the costume box and face paints, and decide what we’re going to dress as this year. What will you be?
Halloween Craft Kits
We’ve got ideas for all the family in our Halloween shop. Cats and snakes and spiders, oh my! And check out those little owls… perhaps they’re not so spooky?
Welcome to our brand spanking new website! This represents the fourth major build we’ve done in our 12-year history, and this time the focus is all on showing the very best of our products, and increasing our reach.
We’re so excited to launch this new phase of our business! Our journey has taken a few twists and turns, but we’re looking forward to building a great new crafty place on the web.
We’re still ironing out some final bits and bobs, and we would love to hear your suggestions in the comments.
We’ve added some great new features to this version of the site. As well as being able to pay by Paypal, you can now pay by card directly on the site. We’ve opened up international selling, so our friends outside the UK can enjoy the same great service.
We’re also working on some exciting new products to bring you – check back for some more information on these. We’re also working on some wholesale ideas including a custom pottery painting service and supply to schools and playgroups. Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more.
We’d like to thank our old customers for their dedication, and we look forward to welcoming some new friends. We’re so excited to launch this new phase of our business! Our journey has taken a few twists and turns, but we’re looking forward to building a great new crafty place on the web.