Autumnal munchies

Today is a weird Monday, after a weird week-end. You know when some days nothing seems to go as planned? Well our week-end was quite like that. It started really well with my good friend coming over to carve out some pumpkins for Halloween. After much deliberation, we each settled for a design. I have to say my friend’s is quite elaborate and very impressive. We were sad to see her leave with her wonderful carving.

Front right to left: my boyfriend's scary creature, my friends elaborate design, and my not-so-halloweeny creation.

Front right to left: my boyfriend’s scary creature, my friends elaborate design, and my not-so-halloweeny creation.

After she left, we were left with the content of three big pumpkins. I really wanted to try roasting the seeds, and after some investigation on the web, I understood that the most important part of seed roasting was to let them dry. So I took advantage of my man’s wood working station and let my pumpkin seeds dry. Here is what I came up with!

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 cups seeds of any pumpkin, but I used those from the traditional sugar pumpkin.
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • zest of a lemon

Here is what you will do:

  1. Rinse out the raw seeds and separate them from the orange filaments.
  2. Toss the seeds on a tea towel on a flat surface and spread them out. Let them dry overnight.
  3. Preheat your oven to 300F.
  4. When the seeds are all dried, spread them on a line cookie sheet.
  5. Mix in the other ingredients and spread out evenly.
  6. Put in the oven and turn them every 10 minutes to prevent burning.
  7. The seeds are ready when all the moisture is gone and you are left with crispy deliciousness. It took about 30 minutes in my oven.

This is my first attempt at seed roasting, and I have to say I am quite happy with the way it turned out! I had not so good memories of trying this as a kid, but I now understand that it is the drying that makes all the difference. The seeds have a really nice crunch and the are perfect as a studying snack.

 

These were perfect with my afternoon tea!

These were perfect with my afternoon tea!

 

As to the rest of my week-end, well, let’s just focus on those lovely seeds. Sometimes, it’s best to celebrate good things, and ignore the rest.

Let me know if you try this out, and what other seasonings I should try next! I wish you all a great week and a peaceful Monday. Until next time, be safe and be lighthearted!

 

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