Pumpkins have been a hot commodity this year. On Monday it seemed they were sold out in St. John’s and social media was buzzing trying to figure out if there was still a store hiding a few of these orange globes in some back shelve. We are normally one of those families that leave such affairs for the last minute but this year we headed to Lesters’ Farm in one of those beautiful crisp and sunny fall days we had early October. It was a completely different experience than last year’s when Samuel was not even crawling! This time he was running from toy-tractor to toy-tractor, paying no attention to the animals or pumpkins, while his poor grandmother tried to convince him to stay still for a mini photo op. Eventually, he helped us choose 2 pumpkins (no photo op), a big one for mommy and a little one for him. Daddy carved those last night which means we have been snacking on delicious roasted pumpkin seeds. The seeds were roasted in a bit of sesame oil, salt and chili powder, and were in the oven at 350F for about 40 min. They were the best roasted pumpkin seeds I ever made!
Other things have been cooking in our kitchen this Halloween. First, Raw Cacao Fudge with goji berries and walnuts to bring to a Halloween party last weekend. I recommend doubling or tripling the batch since the recipe is tiny and the fudge is scrumptious. Second, I made some Maple Pecan Candies to give to our kid’s friends tonight. This was the first time I made candy – well, really it was my second time but I try to forget about the first – and things did not turned out that bad. I got 2 candy thermometers for Christmas last year and used the glass one to make my first batch of the candies. They turned out amazing but only made half a batch due to shortage of maple syrup in the house and ended up with 12 tiny candies. Last night I made a second batch that started with the breaking of the only-once-used glass thermometer followed by the burning of maple syrup. Instead of delicious caramel colour candies I had tar colour ones which were uneatable. I am blaming it on the metal candy thermometer that I had to use that time, which also means that I am looking for another glass thermometer on my stocking this year.