Pumpkin galore

When my dad brought two 30-pound pumpkins into our house, I could not help but browsing the internet for recipes including pumpkin. Not long after, I decided to serve a pumpkin-inspired menu on Halloween night. The hubby and I opted to stay in, have dinner and watch a scary movie.
Pumpkin soup and pie were the obvious dishes on the menu. I was a bit clueless about the main course, but eventually decided on the penne with roasted butternut squash, pancetta and sage I found on the Martha Stewart website. I had made this before, only now I used a pumpkin instead of butternut squash. I also added some carrots as they go well with it.
The recipes for the soup and pie are in Dutch, but I’m sure it’s fairly easy to find a similar recipe in English, if you’d like to try your hand at this.

(on a side note: I left out the goat cheese and ham in the pumpkin soup. I cooked the pasta with a chicken bouillon cube and used half a cup of the pasta liquid to prepare the rest of the meal. I also stirred the pumpkin and carrot instead of roasting them in the oven.)

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Happy Halloween

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When looking back at the last couple of years, I’ve noticed that I tend to celebrate Halloween a tad bit more every year. This year we watched the local Halloween parade (it actually sounds fancier than it is), had a pumpkin-inspired dinner (more on that later this week) and a Halloween-themed movie night. Part of the Halloween festivities is, of course, the decorating. The images above give you an idea how scary our living room has been looking lately…

Happy Halloween!