Sunday, 22 October 2017
Halloween Countdown: 9 Sleeps!
Today is the BIG day. The annual Duffy Pumpkin Carving Event. It's the most wonderful time of the year—well, one of them anyway.
Carving the best Jack-O-Lantern is great, but you know what's almost better? The feast afterward! I'm talking about pumpkin seeds of course. Tradition in our house means that my sister and I help Mom get them ready for roasting, while Dad digs out one of our Halloween movies.
When the seeds are ready (finally!), we separate them into four bowls—and eat it like popcorn whilee watching Frankenstein or something equally as awesome. Delicious!
So, how does Mom make the perfect pumpkin seeds? I thought I'd let you in on her secret for today's Halloween Countdown post. Don't worry, she said it was okay.
The most important step is to wash your seeds thoroughly. You want to get rid of all the pumpkin fibres (guts), so when you think you've cleaned them enough, clean them again. And again. (Seriously, it takes us like an hour to clean them!)
The other BIG rule is that you have to keep a watch on them while they're cooking. Set the timer for 10 minutes, check on them, move them around, set the timer for another ten minutes, move them around, and repeat until they're done. If you leave them alone too long, they'll burn. And trust me, burnt pumpkin seeds are NOT the same.
So what to put on them? Well, Mom says there are a few different recipes if you want to look them up. But here's what she does....
½ teaspoon of Seasoned Salt
½ tablespoon of Canola oil
Dash of salt
This is enough "topping" for two pumpkins worth of seeds.
After you've cleaned—and cleaned—the seeds, let them soak in a bowl of water for about half an hour. Fill a pot with water and a dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil, and then add the pumpkin seeds, cooking for about 10 minutes.
I know this is the hardest part, but take them out of the oven and allow them to cool before gobbling them up.
And there you have it—perfect pumpkin seeds.
Gotta jet! Have a great day. I'll be back tomorrow for more Halloween fun.
~ Chase Superman Duffy