Thursday, November 24, 2011


They're super tasty. Also, very simple and easy to prepare. That's pretty much all I have to say about these bad boys.

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds
2 tbs melted butter
Cleaned pumpkin seeds
Lawry's Seasoning Salt (or your own preference)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs oregano

Preheat the over at 350 degrees. Spread the seeds evenly over a baking sheet and dry the seeds out in the oven for about 2 minutes. Remove the seeds from the oven. Combine butter, salt, seasoning salt, and oregano, and toss the pumpkin seeds with the mixture. Replace the seeds in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes - 13 minutes or so depending on the strength of your oven. Be sure to turn the seeds over at about 7 minutes. They are ready when they are golden brown and delicious!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


This is truly an autumn treat. My friend passed on this recipe and now I make it every fall when we bring in the pumpkins, and so I thought I'd share it with you. On that note, I'm sorry for the lack of posts. November is not the most pleasant time for university students, but I certainly am glad to catch up on recipes.

I've included a great recipe for cream cheese frosting, but I tend not to spread it over the loaf as a whole as firstly, it has to stay in the fridge, and two, I like to warm a slice of pumpkin loaf and spread some butter on it. So good. Do try. Enjoy!

Fall Pumpkin Loaf
Recipe makes two loaves

Dry Ingredients
3 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
3 cups sugar

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
1 28 oz or 796 ml of pumpkin (See instructions for how to handle below) You can also use a can, but real pumpkin is so much better.

For the pumpkin:
Cut through the pumpkin and make a wide opening so that you can core it easily. Remove the seeds (and save them for my next recipe!) and keep as much of the centre as you can. Then, grab a sturdy spoon and carve out a good bit of pumpkin flesh until you have a bowl-ful. Place the pumpkin in a blender and add a bit of water. Blend until smooth (it took me about 3 to 4 minutes as you want to get rid of the stringiness.)

For the loaf:
Mix the dry ingredients well. Then, make a well in the middle and add combined wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Bake in two well-greased loaf pans at 350 F for 1 and a half hours. It might take a bit longer depending on the oven. A good test is to stick a knife or a skewer into the middle of the loaf. When it comes out clean, your loaf is ready. The reason I don't use a toothpick is because it doesn't reach far enough to catch the bottom.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted

With an electric mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together well. Then, add the vanilla and blend well. Slowly add the sugar, one cup at a time. 5 cups of sugar will make it spread-worthy. If you want to use it for piping, then add another cup of confectioner's sugar.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Just a warning in advance that the recipe makes precisely the amount that is in this image. I normally cook for one, so my portion sizes are relatively smaller than when making a meal for many people. Just something to consider. Other than that, this pasta dish is easy, simple, and done in about 15 to 20 minutes.

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Peppers, and Peas

1 good handful of spaghetti
1/4 peas (if frozen, make sure to thaw)
1/2 cup frozen shrimp, thawed
1/4 diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
4 tbs lemon juice
3-4 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tbs butter
1/4 white wine, preferably dry
4-5 tbs heavy cream
salt and pepper
few sprigs of parsley for garnish

Boil the pasta in salted water as per the direction on the box.

In the meantime, heat a large pan (I always prefer non-stick) to med-hi and add the oil and butter. Once the butter starts to bubble, drop in the peas, peppers, tomatoes, and shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice and cook for another minute. Add wine and heavy cream and reduce head to about med. Add salt and pepper and allow the sauce to reduce until it is creamy.

By then, your pasta should be done. Toss it in to the pan, mix ingredients well, then pour. Garnish with about a tbs chopped parsley.