When I take to the road in the car, all of twice a week, I have noticed since moving back to Belgium, that from August onwards every blummin' house has pumpkins lying near the front door as decoration. It makes me want to scream !!! It was never a tradition before I left, 15 years ago. Most people didn't even know what a pumpkin looked like and only just a few might have made soup out of them once in a blue moon. What has happened ?
I agree that pumpkins can make a great display, but it's not special and it just looks daft and tacky when everyone is doing it. Never seen anywhere with a bunch of leeks in a decorative fashion beside a front door.
They are first and foremost food, people ! And not just for soups. Don't just waste them on a decorative display that you have to throw in the bin in a month's time. Yes, in a month's time, because they have been harvested too early and therefore won't keep that long.
I'm feeling better already for getting that of my chest. Pffft.
Let's tuck into the butternut squash, just harvested. Only had 8 sheets of lasagna left in the box, so why not use them for this recipe.
ingredients this one I prepared for Bert and myself and there were no leftovers - for once.
- 1 butternut squash,
- 3 onions
- a couple of garlic cloves
- 1 chilli
- a bunch of fresh sage leaves
- pumpkin seeds, toasted
- olive oil
- course sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- parmesan cheese - freshly grated
- 8 sheets of lasagna
- Preheat oven to 250°c
- Cut the butternut squash in half, length ways, scoop out and disgard the seeds. Cut roughly in chuncks of a similar size. No need for taking the peel off as it will go tender.
- Spread out on a baking tray.
- Peel and chop the onions, in same size chunks. Add them to the squash.
- Throw in some cloves of garlic, unpeeled, they will steam in their peel and you can squeeze them out over the vegetables when they are ready to be served.
- Finely chop chilli, a few of the sage leaves and sprinkle over the squash and onion.
- Just drizzle with olive oil and throw over some sea salt.
- Put it in the hot oven for around 20 to 30 minutes. You need to spread the vegetables out and see to it that they are not on top of each other, or they will steam instead of roast.
- They will be ready when you can easily stick a sharp knife through the squash. You don't want them too soft, they shouldn't fall apart. They should also have a light brown colour on at least one or two sides.
- In the meantime bring some salted water to the boil and cook the pasta al dente.
- When the oil has cooled of a little it can be poured in with the drained lasagna sheets, it'll give extra flavour and a nice shine.