Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pumpkin carving, ulterior motives department

I came home from yoga tonight to find a pumpkin lit and glaring at me on our front porch. And a bowl of pumpkin innards waiting for me in the kitchen.

Zorg had insisted last night on buying a big pumpkin at the Ballard Market and tonight he carved it, giving it a particularly crazed expression that I suspect had something to do with his day at work.

My job was to separate the seeds from the pulp and toast the seeds -- with a little olive oil and salt -- in the oven. Fortunately, pumpkin seeds float; I floated them out of the pulp, dried them with paper towels, and tossed them onto a foil-lined baking pan. Toasting them took about 45 minutes in a 375-degree oven, and the house smells great. (Particularly after I carted the pulp off to the compost bin.)

Happy Halloween!

(cross-posted on Food, Fitness, Fashion)


  1. Anonymous6:39 AM

    Objection! Zorg didn't insist on a big pumpkin! Zorg suggested 2 or 3 small pumpkins. As Zorg recalls, it was his spouse who selected, stood before, and pointedly pointed at the BIG pumpkin, which Zorg complained was almost too big to carry. But he risked back injury anyway in the name of pleasing his darling wife.

    Let the record be corrected!

  2. Little pumpkins have little limp seeds that don't roast well. The husband would have been disappointed with that selection.