Today is Halloween, a day that millions across the UK and the US celebrate with a party and a feast.
Our first though was to call this story A pumpkin is for than just for Halloween but it seems loads of others had beaten us to it… oh well.
Although Halloween is not celebrated in Turkey, many of Fethiye’s British settlers will be whooping it up this evening – and what better place could there be for making pumpkin lanterns?
Fethiye’s pumpkin fest
It’s really unfortunate if you aren’t in Fethiye at the moment because the shops and markets are crammed full of them: all shapes and sizes are on display, just waiting to be made into enormous glowing masks and much more besides.
We were particularly impressed by the display we saw at Akgünlük on the main Fethiye to Ölüdeniz road.
Piles of plump pumpkins
But, for those of you who like to bring your western customs with you, what do you do with the insides of your pumpkin? Please don’t say you throw all that lovely tasty fragrant pumpkin flesh… not forgetting the seeds of course…
A pumpkin feast
There are so many recipes using pumpkins that you can make a three (or more) course feast with pumpkin as the star.
We have found some of our favourite recipes on line, similar to the ones we use at home, so here you are:
A delicious pumpkin soup from Özlem’s Table (there are lots of other pumpkin recipes too).
Türkay’s recipe for garlicky pumpkin slices:
Cut the pumpkin flesh into 1cm slices and cover in flour. Fry in hot olive oil until golden, drain (we put them of a few sheets of kitchen paper) and then sprinkle with a sauce made from smashed raw garlic and nar ekşisi (fermented pomegranate sauce) and a light dusting of pul biber (chilli flakes).
Then there’s the sweet one everyone loves, especially with lots of Turkish walnuts and masses of kaymak (Turkish clotted cream).
Still feeling hungry?
Now for the seeds…
We agree with Jamie Oliver that those seeds are simply delicious, so while you have the oven on why not roast them?
And if you still have a hankering for some pumpkin why not try pumpkin beauty treatments?
A Halloween face mask perhaps?
Its amazing what you can do with the insides of a pumpkin.
Whatever you do with yours we hope you all have loads of pumpkin fun this week end!