Posts Tagged ‘Pumpkin’

Earlier this week, I posted about buying pumpkin jam in Koprivshtitsa. I’d never seen or heard of such a thing. The jar is a beautiful orange color.

I’d been thinking about eating the jam on toast or with yogurt–but then one of my readers suggested crepe/Bulgarian style pancakes. I read the comment and thought I can do that.

Crepes Step One

I meant to do it Sunday night. But I ran out of time. Monday and Tuesday were busy, busy. So Wednesday it was.

The good news is that I like pumpkin and I like jam. So I thought: perfect! (I also like the color orange but I think that might be beside the point.) Anyhow, I thought this is the perfect combination. (more…)


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Pumpkins in BG

I just bought 10 kilos of pumpkin. Two pumpkins, 10 kilos and about eight blocks later I am tired and I have green pumpkins. Yep. One is green and the other one is some where between white and green. They are not orange.Pumpkins at Night

I like orange pumpkins.  In my mind, orange pumpkins are a part of fall.  Pumpkins sit on front porches, windows and we carve them.  We eat pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and sometimes even roasted pumpkin. But they are orange.

Okay, I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t like the green Bulgarian pumpkins–I do.  They taste great.  But they are green.  Somehow it doesn’t seem very fall to me.

Why, why oh, why Bulgaria do you only have green pumpkins?! Зелелна тиква–really!?

Still I bought two big pumpkins because tomorrow after English I am teaching my students how to carve pumpkins.  Heck I think that to have a well rounded eduction you need to have both academic skills but also real life skills–like pumpkin carving.

So we’ll be carving (or trying to) a white-ghost pumpkin and a green-goblin pumpkin… But I’m still wondering what makes some pumpkins orange and other green or white.

The Green Pumpkin and the White Pumpkin

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Because I am not writing a food blog I can take a silly picture of me and my meal!

Because I am not writing a food blog I can take a silly picture of me and my meal!

I just made the best dish I’ve had in a long time.  Spicy pumpkin and bulgur wheat patties.  I know that this may sound meh to some people but it was easy and they are very tasty and very good for you.  I read about 5 different recipes and then did my own thing. It’s better that way.

Also, that’s how I’ve been living my life for the last six months and it seems to be working for me.  Oh and lots of the recipes had things that I thought would be hard to get a hold of and I didn’t want to spend my day chasing down silly ingredients which I thought were extra or unnecessary any way.  I don’t want to go to a lot of extra work for dinner–I just want something that is pretty easy to make, wont require to many pans (my stove only has two burners), and I want to use as many seasonal ingredients as possible. Is that too much to ask?

Not at all it turns out.  My dish was great.  I am happy and well fed and now I get to write about it while finishing a glass of Bulgarian red wine.  I’d recommend that pairing if you decide to make this dish at home.  The Bulgarian reds are really lovely.

So here’s what I did: (more…)

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Well it happened again.  I woke up early, went to school, taught three 80 minute classes, filled out some more paperwork and at 2:30pm my way home bought a piece of street-food roasted pumpkin.  At home, I made a grilled cheese sandwich to go with the roast pumpkin.  It’s a great combo–part food of my childhood and part food of my current adventure.  The crispy cheesy sandwich pairs nicely with the smooth roast pumpkin making for a perfect lunch!

Then, I took a nap on my couch.  I am beginning to think that this is the only thing I can do when I get home from teaching my Wednesday classes.  Strange.  They are good kids.  It’s just a long day and I am finding it hard to teach exactly the same thing three times back-to-back.

Today, I had this moment where I was like: hey I’ve already written this on the board.  I stood back and looked.  I hadn’t then.  Then I started writing double words on the board.  “Hey, miss! I think you wrote take twice.”  Yep I had.  Then I started leaving “e”s of the end of words.  They are kind of pesky: they do tak too much tim to writ.  (Really, why do we need them any way?) (more…)

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This country is full of surprises.  There is food for sale at almost every street corner from women selling bread-pretzels out of big shopping bags to pizza by the slice, carts selling corn on the cob and little hole in the wall banitsa shops.  However now that it is officially fall even more interesting street food has emerged.  There are carts on the street selling hot nuts–especially roasted walnuts and chestnuts.

Roast Pumpkin To-Go by the Slice

Roast Pumpkin To-Go by the Slice

But what’s caught my eye is the cart selling roasted pumpkin.  Every day for the last two weeks, I walk by this older man–he’s slight, not very tall and maybe 60 or 65 years old–selling pumpkin by the kilogram.  He has these large pumpkins which have been cut in half, the seeds scooped out and roasted as is.  The thing that really sold me on this roasted veggie is that every time I walked by he had a line between 4 and 5 people long.  I figured that means it’s got to be good.

Last week I thought, I’ll pick up a slice on my way home and have it for dinner.  Well, I thought wrong.  The man had sold all of his roast pumpkin for the day and was packing up his cart when I walked by.  This made me more determined to try some of this pumpkin. (more…)

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