About 11 years ago, when I was 10, me and my grandmother went out to buy a pumpkin. Halloween was around the corner and we were making a Jack-O-Lantern. I had never made one before, so we had a really fun day together. I don't remember how it came out, but I do remember that we didn't use any of it for eating. We never ate pumpkin at home, and I don't think many of my friends did either. Pumpkin is almost only available in the supermarkets around Halloween, and I guess most people buy them for the same reason as my grandmother did 11 years ago, for making a fun decoration for some days and then throw it away. I've never seen canned pumpkin either. A lot of my cookbooks are American, and they all have recipes including pumpkin, and they often seems to be the most liked ones, but I've never gotten to try any.
This year I was determined to buy a pumpkin and try them all (well, some at least). I've bided my time, seeing some small ones showing up in the supermarkets, and last Wednesday, just before Halloween, I bought a big one. I know that the small ones probably tastes better, but they sell everything per piece here, not by weight. So I decided to buy the biggest one.
The Pioneer Womans method for this, I don't know if it's the common one or not, but it worked fine. You simply cut it up in big pieces, take away all the gooey stuff and the seeds and roast it for 45 minutes until soft. Then you peel it, and mix it. Done! In the end, I ended up with 15 plastic bags with a cup each inside them. They are now in the freezer, ready for all my upcoming baking adventures.
Of course, I coulcn't just put them all away. I had to bake something, and the obvious choice fell on the pumpkin muffins from Vegan With A Vengeance. They were wonderful. I mean, amazing! Super moist, spicy and with a taste I didn't recognize. I guess that was the pumpkin! Anyway, I really enjoyed them, and I'm so much looking forward to all the other (14!) things I can make!