Salt and Spice and all things nice! The smallest pumpkin in the world and a yummy pumpkin seed snack! Re-post :)

As if you hadn’t noticed, it’s that time of year again – PUMPKIN TIME! So as part of my drive to post all things pumpkiny I thought I would re-post this little recipe from last year!

I’m getting my hands on another one of these little munchkin pumpkins for this year, but in the meantime – here’s last year’s delights! 🙂

Well, when I asked for a small pumpkin I wasn’t expecting something quite as small as this….

But anyone who knows me knows I love a challenge so not to be thwarted I decided I’d do my best with this little munchkin of a pumpkin and lo and behold look what I managed to create! Scary eh?

So there wasn’t much meat in this little pumpkin so rather than create the pumpkin-based hallowe’en cake I had planned I decided instead to do something funky with the seeds. It’s a sweet salty treat which sounds odd but combines some wonderful autumn flavours. I adapted it from the SNOG healthy treats book.

Salty and Spicey Sweet potato, raisin, pumpkin seed yumminess!

So I started off by creating some salted roasted seeds. Take your pumpkin seeds, remove all the stringy bits of pumpkin flesh and put in a pan. For every half cup of pumpkin seeds add 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly.

Then spread them out in one layer on a baking tray and place in an oven at 200 degrees C for anything from 5 – 15 minutes. Just keep checking them as it will depend how big the seeds are. Mine took around 8 minutes 🙂

These are yummy as they are or you can hull (de-husk) them if you really want to (I couldn’t be bothered!). Eat them just like this or use them in the next bit of the recipe.

Take 1 sweet potato and cut it into 1cm cubes. Spread on a baking tray with 2 – 3 tablespoons of the salted roasted pumpkin seeds. Add a handful of raisins and then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of coconut palm sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Finally drizzle over some coconut oil (approx 2 tablespoons) and place in the oven at 190 degrees C for about 20 – 25 minutes until the sweet potato is cooked through and the sugar is caramelised. Stir occasionally.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then enjoy on it’s own or spoon it over some natural yoghurt (or ice cream!). It sounds odd but trust me – the sweetness of the sweet potato and raisins go really well with the salty roasted seeds and the cinnamon adds a lovely autumnal twist! Divine and healthy too! 🙂

Happy Hallowe’en!


Pumpkin Butter (gluten and dairy free) and a bonus Pumpkin Purée Recipe!

This is so simple and so yummy! It’s like a cross between a jam and a nut butter, with a hint of sweetness but also the savoury flavour from the pumpkin! Simply divine and a great way to use up any pumpkin flesh you have left over after carving those little beauties!


You will need:

about 800g Pumpkin purée (made from the pumpkin flesh – see below for recipe.  A 6 inch pumpkin should yield enough purée. Althernatively you can buy canned purée if you need to)

1 cup unrefined Coconut or other raw dark sugar

Optional – you can also add spices to your butter. If you fancy doing this I recommend:

1 tsp ground Cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground Cloves

1/4 tsp Allspice

To make the purée, scoop the seeds out of the pumpkin (don’t throw these away! You can lay them out on a pan and roast them – see here for a great recipe).

If you are not using the pumpkin to carve then simply cut it in to halves or quarters and place on a roasting dish and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 25 mins at 200 C until the flesh is soft. Remove from the oven and scoop the flesh out of the pumpkin, and then place in a bowl.  If you are using the left overs from carving you will probably need to use a few pumpkins (it will depend on the size and how much carving you do!). Lay the flesh out on a baking tray and cover with foil and roast – 10 – 15 mins should be enough depending on the size but just keep going until the flesh is tender.

Use a hand blender to purée the pumpkin. Place the resulting purée in to a muslin cloth / cheese cloth and squeeze the excess water out and voila – you have your own pumpkin purée!

To make the butter:

Place the purée into a sauce pan and add the sugar and spices if you are using them. Then heat on a medium heat, stirring frequently. You are aiming to reduce the pumpkin down to a very very thick, dark paste. This quantity should yield about 1 – 2 cups of the butter itself so just keep going. You need the heat high enough to reduce the purée but just under the burning point. It took me about 45 mins to get to the butter stage – it should be so thick it sticks to the spoon and won’t slide off. Once you are there then remove from the heat and either place in a sterilised jar or simply pop in a bowl and eat!


Perfect on sliced apples, fruit toast or it goes brilliantly on these breakfast pumpkin bread sweet loaves too (recipe to follow shortly!). Enjoy!




A bit of savoury baking! Grain-free pizza! :)

I blogged this over at Colette’s Fitness Kitchen but wanted to share it with you all too 🙂 It’s divine! 🙂

Here’s the original post – Grain-free Pizza Recipe and I’ve copied the recipe for you below 🙂 This is a definite winner and I’m really pleased with how it turned out 🙂

I’m always on the look out for grain-free alternatives and had heard a lot about using cauliflower as a pizza base so I thought I would give it a go. I’m thrilled with the results – it’s absolutely delicious and really easy to make too! I whipped this up in about 30 mins! You can make this dairy free or vegan too if you want to (options below) 🙂


For the base you will need:

1 large Cauliflower

a handful of fresh Basil leaves

a handful of fresh flat Parsley leaves

1/2 tsp dried Oregano

1/2 tsp Garlic salt

Himalayan rock salt and black pepper to taste

1 Egg OR 1 tbsp ground flax seeds/linseed soaked in 3 tbsp water

Optional – 1 cup of grated hard cheese (goat’s cheese, vegetarian parmesan, mozarella – whatever you like)

For the pizza topping you will need:

Pasata or tomato purée

Toppings of your choice – I used mixed peppers, onions, mushrooms, baby plum tomatoes and feta cheese

Preheat the oven to 220 C.

Remove the central stalk of the cauliflower and cut in to florets. Place in a food processor and pulse until it is chopped up nice and small. Pop it in to a bowl, cover with clingfilm and microwave on full power for 3 – 4 minutes (until tender). Allow to cool (unless you have asbestos fingers!) and then tip in to a clean tea towel. Wrap it up and then wring the life out of it! You want to get rid of as much water as possible. Place the wrung out cauliflower back in the bowl and add all the other base ingredients, with the egg or egg substitute going in last.


Mix together well (hands work best). Once it’s all well mixed tip it out on to a lined, greased pizza tray (or baking tray) and press out in to a pizza shape. You want it to be well squished down and thin but not too thin – a couple of mm thick. Place in the oven and cook for 7 – 10 minutes until it just starts to colour.


Remove and add your pasata or tomato purée and your pizza toppings. I like to pre-cook my peppers and onions in a frying pan before adding them as it means they are super tender. Once you’ve added all your toppings place it back in the oven for a further 7 – 10 mins. Remove, drizzle with some chilli-infused olive oil and serve with a side salad! 🙂