Friday I made a great, quick and easy dish calling for pumpkin or squash.
I actually used what I'm calling a 'pumpkin squash', a bit of a rogue harvested
from the fields of our farm friends, the Johnsons, where we visited a few weeks ago.
Apparently this year, one of their regular pumpkins also grows this curvaceous beauty
on the same vine! Similar to a butternut squash but easier to cut through for me.
All seeds are in the bulbous end so with such a long neck you get a lot of
flesh from there. The flavor is mild so I roasted along with chopped garlic,
red onion and a couple of slightly hot peppers from my neighbor's garden.
Tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, 40mins. in the oven brought all the
flavors together nicely.
I cooked a short pasta, Garafolo brand from Naples which I really like, added just
enough of the excellent pumpkin and butternut squash sauce - a real steal from
Aldi - freshly chopped parsley still being snipped from the garden, toasted
chopped walnuts, topped with creamy burrata cheese and course some
grated parmigiano reggiano.
We enjoyed this meal immensely - along with a robust red wine - in the gazebo on
what was a perfect autumn evening. Nothing stirring but the numerous late diners
at the bird feeders, a few squirrels enjoying the seeds on the ground, and the
sunset glowing in the west beyond our huge oaks.
We have a new little friend in the garden - I'll share some photos soon.
Last evening, while relaxing on the front porch at dusk, we had a huge rabbit
sitting in the center of the lawn when a young fox passed by within yards of it,
not even giving the rabbit a second glance, thankfully!
Hope you're enjoying your weekend and have good weather to
get outside and revel in autumn's beauty. We worked endlessly in the
garden both Friday and Saturday in what currently is perfect weather, so
evening relaxation has been extra special here at the cottage.