years ago we'd eat them and liked them, then the
stores started carrying them with little flavor so
we stopped buying them.
last year someone gave us a few acorn squash and
we cleaned 'em out and cooked 'em up. not really
all that good either, so i didn't think much of it
and put the innards from the squish into the worm
this spring planting i used the worm compost in
the gardens as usual and we had some volunteer
squash plants come up. most i will trim off so
they don't disrupt the gardens, but a few here or
there i let go as they can run into the pathways
or along an edge. basically, it's free food of
the sort we both like, so we are happy to have them.
this season a few of those were acorn squash and
had fruits. hmmm... baked a few squash the other
day (one acorn and a butternut). the inside looked
like the acorn squash we used to get. actually yellow
to orange colored instead of white and pasty. the
flavor was excellent. whew! so it wasn't that they'd
ruined the crop/seed line, but it was poor growing
and harvesting too early. we cooked up another few
squishes tonight and again were very happy with the
acorn squash. didn't need to put a thing on them.
i've saved those seeds to use again in the coming
i like it when a plan comes together, even when
there really wasn't a plan at all...
Acorns are one of our favorites . To bad they weren't more productive
this year , we only got four . Next year though ... we like them split and
the seeds scraped out , then packed with brown sugar and a big pat of butter
and baked . Also pretty good baked with the cavity filled with canned
cranberries < not the jelly stuff , the berries> .
i just split these and baked them (350F for 1hr)
with a little water added to the pan.
i didn't add any thing else as they were already
so sweet and tasty they didn't need a thing. i'm
trying to avoid added sugars as much as i can these
days (no specific health reason other than the fact
that i feel a heck of a lot better).
ok, time to get to work... got a pile of apples
to turn into apple sauce.
I had had no idea what you meant by an 'acorn squash' so did a google and
found out that its a winter squash
so that (and the butternut)
is what we Australians would just put under the name of pumpkins.
Pumpkin is a staple foodstuff here in Oz and a very popular vegetable.
Pumpkin is very, very rarely served here in any sweet form except for
Pumpkin Scones (and they have become somewhat of a joke)
hmm, well i like scones, so i'm pretty sure i'd like
them with pumpkin in them too... :)
in the USoA a common November/Thanksgiving/December/Christmas
pie is pumpkin pie, which is a sweet custard with pumpkin and
spices. i think that is where many of us get the idea that
pumpkin and sweet go together. and probably the added fact
that almost any food here in the states is now loaded with
extra sugars/carbohydrates of one kind or another.
it is one of our favorite foods (pumpkin/squash).
as a very young kid (about 2yrs old) i was said to
have climbed the cupboard drawers and sat on the
counter and feasted on two pumpkin pies. alas, i have
no memory of the event, but i do not doubt it as i'd
probably still climb cupboards if i had to...
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 7:44:04 PM UTC-5, Farm1 wrote:
We're in Maryland, USA. My wife cooks pumpkins like squash, served as a veg
etable at dinner. She also makes excellent pumpkin pies. We tried making cu
stard in a pumpkin shell once; I liked it but she didn't think it was worth
the effort, other than for the novelty of the presentation.
If we have a good pumpkin crop, we keep some to throw to the sheep as a tre
at during the winter.
Oh my, you be talkin' Strine now, aren't you?
Numero-uno: I doubt that any Bubba worth his salt would know what a
Gramma pie was. It's just plain pumpkin pie in these parts.
Numero-two-o: By bush (not Bush) standard I presume that you mean common
to unsophisticated rural areas. Au contraire, mon ami, Gramma pie is
consumed in vast quantities during year end festivals by cognoscenti,
bumpkins, urbanites, suburbanites, and all the other "ites" alike.
A gramma is a cucurbit with orange flesh that is particularly made into a
sweet(ish) pie and AFAIK not usually eaten as a vegetable. Whether you
would call it a winter squash or a pumpkin I have no idea.
The 'bush' is everything outside cities and major regional centres and
includes areas where your neighbours are a few hundred metres away and the
outback where they might be a hundred kilometres away. It is where people
tend to have land to grow large plants like pumpkins and the tradition of
doing so. I wasn't making any comment on level of sophistication, it's that
city folk wouldn't eat gramma pie due to the lack of grammas and knowing how
to make it.
:-)) Indeed. City people seem to have lost many skills when it comes to
food and it's preparation.
I'm always stunned when I visit my sister in Sydney and look in her fridge
and pantry. Both are almost bare and I always think of the old saying about
'society being 7 meals away from anarchy'. I could eat out of my
fridge/freezer and pantry for at least a month but at my sisters I wonder
what they will eat for dinner (she seldom does any cooking at all and they
seem to eat out every night).
I was reading that in some western cities (eg New York) kitchens are being
converted to other uses (spare bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes etc) because the
occupants always eat out and that some new appartments are built without
one. No I can't recall when or who said so.
If you look at the way cities decay into anarchy in a few days due to
external events (eg weather extremes such as Katrina at New Orleans) we must
be very concerned about the fragility of such a way of life. As soon as the
power or fuel stop people will be hungry very soon. We are going to pass
through a transition away from a fossil fuel economy some time in the next
generation. I don't see myself as a doomsayer but I worry that the
transition will not be smooth. Many people would not be aware that in this
country we have had many thousands of city men tramping about the bush
looking for work/food. Sydney is now much bigger and more dependent on
remote supplies of food and energy than it was in the Great Depression.
I've read similar things for a few years. Being a keen and active cook, I
shudder at the thought, let alone the practice.
Yep. Typhoon Haiyan being a current example.
We are going to pass
What astounds me is that such a fact is not glaringly obvious to so many
people. We're living in post peak oil world by every account I've ever
managed to read on the subject and despite Himself's hobby of collecting and
driving old cars, we still try to be careful about our use of fuel and in
our purchasing of oil derived products. And as you'd know, oil derived
products are just about everything in and around a modern day house.
I don't see myself as a doomsayer but I worry that the > transition will not
I know what you mean. I've read the Transitions Handbook and a lot of the
other literature but it seems that many people have not or if they do think
aobut the issues, they start to soudn like some of the radical 'preppers'
cites aroudn the web.
More sane, middle class people need to start thinking aobut the issues and
voting according to what they learn IMO. Additionally it wouldn't hurt if
they started gardens and learned some of the old skills such as learngint or
elaly cook not just assemble ingredients. I might someday come in handy.
Many people would not be aware that in this
When I was interested in the Depression, I was fascinated when I found out
in my research that apparently Australia and Germany had the highest
unemployment rates during the Depression years. I'd always thought the US
was more impacted than anywhere else on earth but I guess the majority of
all images we have ever seen about the Depression come from the US. The
photographers they had in the US at that time were icons of B&W photgraphic
'art' and, even today, looking at their images still manages to say a lot
about the human condition IMO.
i hope for a long and slow but steady decline in some
aspects, but i have yet to see any civilization in historical
records that just fades quietly.
the amount of debt and the various ways the current system
is set up means that to unravel it will take quite a bit. to
do it slowly, orderly and with restraint isn't in the lexicon
of any society i've ever examined.
i'm not in the cities, but close enough that it is unlikely
i would survive a diaspora event here. there's just too many
of "them" and too few of "us".
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