Saturday, November 01, 2008
It's interesting reading all the posts about Halloween, because we basically don't do anything for Halloween at all. The school had a Halloween party but other than that, there was no pumpkin carving, no trick or treaters (although I did buy some lollies just in case because occasionally we will get one or two come to the door), no one I know had a Halloween party. Nothing...nada...zilch.
One of the things that I have found interesting over the years that I have been connecting with people around the world is the way we all treat pumpkins differently.
Author Catherine Delors posted on her blog about Halloween in France, and how it is basically not celebrated at all. She also mentioned that pumpkins were available in the shops and that it was used to make pumpkin soup (including the basic ingredients). Pumpkin soup would be one of the most popular uses of pumpkin here in Australia as well, especially during winter, served with a swirl of sour cream and perhaps with a sprinkle of nutmeg on it.
Another way we like to eat pumpkin is roasted along with other vegies like carrots, sweet potatoes and potatoes. Yum.
One way we don't eat them is in sweet potato pies. Whilst I am not knocking this sweet treat that seems so synonymous with Thanksgiving celebrations in the US, I can't imagine eating pumpkin as a sweet. Having said that, there are some Aussies around who eat pumpkin scones. I have never figured out if they are meant to be sweet or savoury though. I also have been known to enjoy a slice of carrot cake which is sweet even though it has vegetables in it.