Lauren Gemmell

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Over the weekend I have been over indulging on scones, scones, more scones and the occasional pumpkin cookie. Despite all this I have not disgusted myself quite enough to stop from it altogether. An emergency plan is needed, I need to trick my own brain!

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

I need something that tastes scrumptious, autumnal, indulgent and cosy, but doesn’t do so by piling on the calories. With this goal and left over pumpkin puree from yesterday tonight I made and tasted my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

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Roasting Pumpkin

When you have been away from something for a while you don’t always want to jump straight back in at the deep end. So this blog post contains no recipe, no steps and nothing with cobwebs, ghosts or witches fingers. Enjoy.


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Indian Lamb Chops with Butternut Squash Salad

Indian Lamb Chop with Butternut Squash Salad

A week last Tuesday I got Nigella’s latest recipe book Kitchen: Recipes from the heart of the home.

You can win a copy of this recipe book by filling in the How do you use food blogs questionnaire. More details on the questionnaire and giveaway here.

It’s been ages since I got a new recipe book so I was really excited. I eagerly flipped through the pages, until I got to this recipe, then I stopped.

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Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad

Last night I roasted a huge bunch of vegetables – I plan to use them for all kinds of things over the next couple of days. But I thought I start simply to bring out the great flavours of the ingredients.

Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Muffins

With the last of my pumpkin I decided to make muffins, as although I love muffins I only have one blog post on them, the eponymous Coffee Muffin Recipe post.

Pumpkin Muffins

Recently I have been hearing about the US canned pumpkin shortage but American’s don’t know how easy they’ve got it – I can’t find canned pumpkin anywhere! This makes it more difficult to follow the dozens of Pumpkin recipes out there on the interwebs, so I have had to adapt this Pumpkin Muffin Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

The brown butter adaption is something that has been running about in the back of head for some time, I loved the idea of a nuttier buttery taste. This recipe like most muffin recipes use oil instead of butter, but I figured that substituting melted butter would work just the same.

The links in the recipe below, take you to subsequent pages of this post that explain how to make each ingredient from scratch.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Muffins

~ makes 12.

Preheat the oven to 180oC or 350oF. Line a tin with muffin cups, or in my case fairy cake liners.

Add the pumpkin, brown butter, spices, sugar, baking soda and salt (if using), from reading the recipe Smitten Kitchen suggests mixing with a whisk as makes it much harder to over mix.

pumpkin batter mixed with a whisk

In another bowl mix the flour and the baking powder. Whisk the flour mixture into the pumpkin batter, until mixed through.

Pour the mixture into the liners making sure each one is around 3/4 full, although I had some extra batter left at the end so I just topped them all up.

Sprinkle on top of each muffin the cinnamon sugar.

Pumpkin batter in cases

Pop the tray into the oven for around 25 to 30 minutes, until they are golden and puffed up. Leave them to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then allow them to cool further on a wire rack.

When the muffins were ready I was astounded by the wonderful orange colour, so vivid but so natural. It was a beautiful moist muffin, and the spices were just perfect.

Cut open Pumpkin Muffin

I am not sure if on top of the different spices and the pumpkin I could really taste the brown butter in the final muffin, but I could definitely smell it when they were cooking!

This is definitely our favourite muffin recipe in a while, definitely a keeper.

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Curried Pumpkin Seeds

I have been really impressed with the amount of eating you get in a pumpkin, there is hardly any wastage. The pumpkin seeds may actually be my favourite part.

curried pumpkin seeds

Curried pumpkin seeds can make a really quick and light snack, perfect instead of a bag of crisps or bag of minstrels while watching Xfactor on a Saturday night!

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Pumpkin Risotto

Getting a pumpkin in the UK isn’t as easy as you might imagine. The only variety I saw in Tesco was of the carving variety, and I am guessing that not quite the same as baby bear, crown prince or delicata.

More like pumpkin-grown-for-size-and-not-taste. The last thing I wanted to do was waste my one organic pumpkin.

pumpkin risotto

Over the past few weeks I have heard a lot about different pumpkin recipes like pumpkin brownies and pumpkin cupcakes.

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