Saturday, October 01, 2011

Welcome to Vegan MoFo V

Welcome to the fifth annual VeganMoFo (Vegan Month of Food)!! I have participated every year so far. Initially I did one or two posts but last year I managed to do a post every day. Let's see if I can do it again!

My theme for the month is squash. Last year I ended up getting a bunch of squash in my CSA and I wasn't very creative with it. I ate most of it just roasted in the oven. Now I want to get more creative with it. And pumpkin! There are so many pumpkin-flavored tasties and here I am with just the occasional pumpkin muffin.

So the first thing I did to prepare for this month of squash is get a huge pumpkin and make a ton of puree to use in pancakes, pie, cheesecake, etc. Why not just use a can? Because making things from scratch is so badass! And as a side bonus, fresh pumpkin tastes better than canned also. I got a huge fairytale pumpkin from Trader Joe's. I cut it up, scooped it out (saving the seeds to roast later) and roasted the big chunks in the oven until soft. Then I scooped the flesh away from the skin and put it in a mesh strainer. After about an hour or so, a bunch of water had drained out. I took the remaining pumpkin flesh and stuck it in the food processor until smooth. That one pumpkin got me about 6 cups of puree!

On the left: the puree I made. On the right: my next victim


Fact: One fairytale pumpkin yields one kitten-sized container of pumpkin puree



10 comments:

  1. Why can't more people compare the sizes of things based on how they'd relate to a kitten? It's clearly the cutest method! :) This will certainly be a very beta carotene-filled month for you. I look forward to reading more!

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  2. Kitten measurements- I like!!

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  3. Now I want to make pumpkin puree. And get a new kitten to put next to it!

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  4. You had me at kitten!

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  5. Yay for kittens and kitten sized things! and pumpkins. kittens and pumpkins rule my world! =^.^=

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  6. You had ME at pumpkin!

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  7. this post made me smile so much! most adorable kitten ever!

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  8. Is it just me, or is that the orangest pumpkin puree ever? Gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I love squash/pumpkins!

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  9. awww such a cute kitten!

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