I LOVE Fall, Autumn, best season ever, the most wonderful time of the year….whatever you’d like to call it. The flavours, colours, aromas, the crisp cool in the air, the spices and the veggie and fruit bounty. So incredibly amazing. I don’t think I’m the only one that gets excited about the squashes, pumpkins, apples and root vegetables that fill farmer’s market stalls at this time of the year. Or maybe it is just me. I dunno. All I know is that my heart raced with excitement as I pulled up to Hutchinson Farm today to raid their endless stalls and baskets filled to the brim with pumpkins and squashes. While I got a selection of their goodies, I particularly stocked up on two of my favourites: delicata squash (with its edible exterior) and the grey ghost pumpkin (who would guess that beneath that pale, wan exterior hides the brightest most vibrant orange flesh). I raced home, chopped them up, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and stuck them in the oven. I am impatiently awaiting the results as I type. What do you love about Fall?? (Besides everything).
Delicata squash: slice lengthwise, scoop out inside, slice into 1/2 centimeter half-moons, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper; put in 425°F oven for 15-20 minutes or until tender, flipping over half way
Grey ghost pumpkin: carefully cut in half, scoop out seeds and guts, cut into quarters, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper; put in 400°F oven for 45-60 minutes or until tender (depends on size of pumpkin)
Grey ghost waiting to jump in the oven
Delicata squash all lined up for their before shot
Golden sweet deliciousness straight out of the oven
Happy beautiful magical colourful Fall!