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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Another Pumpkin Carving

I roasted some more pumpkin seeds yesterday and actually took a picture. I even saved some for Rob! I’m sure my mom is doubting that while reading this but it’s true – you can ask him! I’m not known for sharing when it comes to some of my favorite foods…

Pumpkin seeds are easy to roast. I usually soak mine in water first until I’m ready to use them. Then I’m able to pick out any pumpkin that was stuck to the seeds. I drain them and rinse them off in a wire mesh strainer. This gives me one more chance to remove any pumpkin that is left. I lay the seeds in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet, spray some oil on them, toss them with some sea salt and bake them in a 250 degree oven. I flip them about every 15 minutes. It takes up to an hour for them to completely dry out. You have to test a few to know when they are really done. It seems everyone has a different method for roasting pumpkin seeds. Feel free to share you favorite method or pumpkin seed recipes in the comment section.

Pumpkin Seeds

I am definitely going to try this Martha Stewart recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds. I also want to try making them with Penzey’s 4/S Special Seasoned Salt. I usually like to make the first few batches of pumpkins seeds each year the traditional way with just regular sea salt.

I saw on Kleo’s blog that today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. So I used that as inspiration when choosing a pumpkin to carve this week.

Pumpkin Seeds

I used an English to Pirate Translator for this next bit: This be th’ pumpkin I was inspired to do in honor o’ Talk Like A Pirate Day. For those o’ ye that can’t be tellin’ what it be, it be a pirate skull pumpkin. Arrrrrrr!

Here’s a link to the pattern I used. This pattern creates one of those pumpkins that look best lit up. Also, the October 2006 issue of Martha Stewart Living has some info on pumpkin carving, including an article on pumpkin carving tools.

And in totally unrelated news, I saw this the other day on BoingBoing. It’s not vegan but here’s a direct link to the coolest wedding cake I’ve ever seen! And while on the subject of fancy cakes, does anyone else like that new show on the Food Network “Ace of Cakes“?

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  • K September 19, 2006, 1:12 pm

    Arrrrrrrrrrgh! I likes your pumpkin, and so ye knows, now i’m going to carve me up a Pirate stew. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

    I haven’t had pumpkin seeds in YEARS. I like your pix and the instructions to make ’em. Still wondering about the nutrition… protein-packed are they??!! I need to just look it up already!

    Way to save some for Rob. Such a sweetie. Even fave foods taste better when shared (not TOO generously though… ha ha ha) with the one you love.

    That is an amazing cake. I’m like flabbergasted. And i never even played that video game (that is what Super Mario is, right?), but i guess those are all characters from it. Unbelievable. And not gross like that meat “cake” for a vegetarian i posted a while back!

    ARGH! Time to walk the plank… i mean Mattie!

  • Sara September 19, 2006, 5:03 pm

    I frequently talk like a pirate at home – drives my husband crazy.
    I be likin’ yer pumpkin matey! YAR!

  • Vivacious Vegan September 19, 2006, 6:17 pm

    I had to check out the cake link and found the link to the chef’s website. Unbelievable. If you haven’t gone to her site, check it out. http://www.gateaux-inc.com/weddingcakes/weddingcakes.htm I’m in awe!

  • Candi September 19, 2006, 6:51 pm

    Oooh! the pumpkin seeds look good! I do it the way you do, but somehow yours look so perfect!

    I love the Mario wedding cake! Lol! What a fun couple who chose that one! I love looking at cakes ike that and write to the companies to see if they make vegan ones. So far, no one does. (not the super fancy ones anyhow with scenes and stuff.) 🙁

  • mikaela September 19, 2006, 11:27 pm

    Yo’re adorable! We’re definately cominng trick or treating to your house 🙂

  • Melissa West September 20, 2006, 8:44 am

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds. I just bought a pumpkin last night so I am hoping to do some pumpkin baking and roast the seeds. Thanks for the dip on soaking them… why didn’t I think of that?

  • vegandiva September 20, 2006, 9:32 am

    Karen, ha ha, loved the funny pirate comment, especially the last line. And yes that is Super Mario on that cake. I can’t believe you’ve never played Super Mario Bros. And I got a chuckle about sharing ..but not too generously. LOL My mom did ask Rob if he got some pumpkins seeds!!!

    Sara, loved your pirate comment too!!

    VV, I didn’t even see the chef’s web site. Thanks for posting that. Those cakes are amazing, especially the Japenese Art Deco and Pagoda ones. Wow!

    Candi, Awww, thanks for your nice comment about my pumpkin seeds. And I agree, it’s hard finding decorated vegan cakes. I’m not talented when it comes to cake decorating but my husband’s former co-worker made beautiful cakes. I’m always in awe of people who can do that sort of thing.

    Mikaela, hee hee, thanks for your sweet comment.

    Melissa, you’re welcome for the tip. Good luck with your pumpkin seed roasting and pumpkin baking. I hope you’ll blog about it 😀

  • vicki September 28, 2006, 10:46 pm

    ah ha, thanks for the tips — we’ll be doing this very soon.

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