Pumpkin: to carve or not to carve

Pumpkin the neighborhood cat

The other day I bought this cute pumpkin and thought I’d carve it for the upcoming Halloween. But now I’ve had it sitting on my window ledge for a while and I’m starting to feel that carving it only for decorating purpose is such a waste!..
I think I’ll leave it as it is and then maybe cook it when Halloween is over.

Are you planning to carve pumpkins for Halloween this year?

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11 Responses to Pumpkin: to carve or not to carve

  1. Super!!! Avec ces photos je pouvais CARRÉMENT sentir l’automne!!!
    Biz
    Angela Donava

  2. Ilona Opengeim-Cherkas says:

    beautiful photos…in Canada, people are mostly obsessed with Halloween, both decoration and costume-wise as well as with preparing all kind of seasonal pumpkin meals. I think your idea to let it live throught he holidays is a nice one… that way your pumpkin gets to celebrate it too. :)

    • Antonia says:

      Thanks Ilona! I just feel so bad for all the rotten post-Halloween pumpkins. Halloween has become pretty large in Sweden too, and I think more and more people carve pumpkins and dress up every year:)

  3. Araceli Estrada says:

    In the U.S. almost everyone carves their pumpkin. My neighborhood is filled with them. My sister and I actually really like the way our pumpkin looks whole and vibrant. So we decided to get a pair of those funny glasses that have a mustache and nose attached to them and placed them on the pumpkin. No carving this year. I guess you can say the pumpkin has has a costume too. ;-)

    Will you share some of your pumpkin recipes with us? I have a couple but they are the usual pie and moose recipes. I’d like to try something new.

  4. Arantxa says:

    The truth is that in Spain there is increasing people celebrating Halloween but I’m not one of them. In fact it is a party that seems to me entirely respectable and nice, but I don’t understand to be held in countries where there not is tradition. This is a day to remember the dead, friends and family who are no longer with us, its a day to spend with family, visiting the cemetery, put flowers and a prayer. Sounds a lot less fun than Halloween but it is also deeper and more intimate. Here we also make this celebration sweets, such as “huesos de santo” “buñuelos” or “torrijas”. And we eat as a family while we remember those who are gone.

  5. Maybe it’s not possible, I am not an expert carving pumpkins… but why don’t you carve the pumpkin and cook the resultant flesh? ;)

  6. Sorry, I didn’t expressed myself properly, I meant the flesh you carve, you could cook it ;) In other words, you need to clear the pumpkin until it’s empty in order to put some candles and so. Therefore, all the flesh you are about to remove carving the pumpkin can be cooked :)

    I think now makes more sense what I meant, sorry for the misunderstanding.

    • Antonia says:

      Oh, I see what you mean! Have you ever cut open a pumpkin?:) It’s basically full of seeds and there’s not much flesh on the inside:) Theoretically, you could cook the pieces you cut out to make the eyes, mouth etc, but it would be too little to cook a meal.

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