Pumpkins are not a big deal in New Zealand. Autumn rolls around and the pumpkin prices drop suddenly but there is no fuss or excitement. There is no Pinterest frenzy or pumpkin-spiced lattes. I think that needs to change, don’t you?
So I was trying to think of a great pumpkin story that I could tell you to introduce this post, but literally the only thing I can think of about pumpkins is that they are extremely difficult to cut and very orange.
Doesn’t make for a very interesting post.
What we can talk about is how completely hopeless my sense of direction is.
Earlier this week I was meeting my friend at the zoo and that meant I had to catch a bus I’d never been on before. I had proudly Google-mapped my journey and thought I’d be fine.
Er nope. I did not do my father proud (he’s basically a walking GPS.) I missed the stop I was supposed to get off at and ended up getting off in a panic in the middle of nowhere. Then I had to backtrack to get to the correct road. And of course in the midst of my stressful escapade it started bucketing down.
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that I one of my very best talents is getting lost.
One story that gets brought up time and again in my family is the time I got lost in the bush. 🙄
My friend and I had been playing in the garden and decided to go exploring in the forest behind our house. We got a bit excited by the fresh air, mossy trees and squishy carpet and ended up wandering in a little too deep.
Eventually we realized we were lost. Instead of tramping downhill until we found a stream or some sign of civilization, we kept walking in circles getting more and more frightened as the darkness settled in.
When my frantic dad finally found us and asked me which way our home was, I sheepishly pointed in the complete opposite direction.
So no I would not be an ideal contender for Survivor. Nor would you want to be lost with me in the bush because my survival skills consisted of waving my pink gumboot around in hope of being spotted.
Actually, come to think of it you probably don’t want to be lost with me anywhere because I am incapable to reading and understanding maps. Anyone else?
Anyway, let’s talk about something I can get excited about….
What to do with leftover pumpkin
Pumpkin lasagna rolls – A whisk and two wands
Pumpkin couscous salad – Southern in Law
Pumpkin and roast vegetable soup – Five bean foods
Pumpkin butter chicken – Fairyburger
Pumpkin bagels – Food, pleasure and health
Pumpkin spiced curry – This runners recipes
Pumpkin-stuffed dough balls – Cotter crunch
Pumpkin, chickpea coconut curry – Emilie eats
Pumpkin soup for beginners – Myself
Pumpkin, feta and cashew pizza – MyselfEvery pumpkin recipe you will ever need... Click To Tweet
Pear and pumpkin gingerbread loaf – Love me, Feed me
Pumpkin spiced baked oatmeal – Rachl Mansfield
Pumpkin pie truffles – The real food rds
Pumpkin pie overnight oats – Pilates, pearls and peanut butter
Pumpkin chocolate mousse – Made to glow
Pumpkin pie smoothie bowl – Chronicles of passion
Paleo pumpkin pancakes – 24 carrot life
Pumpkin pie baked oats – Southern in Law
Pumpkin peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies – Skinny fitalicious
Pumpkin spiced protein pancakes – A dancersliveit
Pumpkin, almond super seed butter – The fit foodie mama
Pumpkin skillet cake – The lean green bean
Pumpkin spiced granola – Fit mitten kitchen
2 minute flourless pumpkin sticky bun – Athletic Avocado
Pumpkin oatmeal bars – My pink and green life
Pumpkin streusel bars – MyselfIf you were a pumpkin...which of these recipes would you be? Click To Tweet
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Now tell me…
If you were a pumpkin, which of these recipes would you be?
Are you any good at giving directions or reading maps?