Today being Halloween, we decided to try carving a pumpkin. Previous years, we have donated pumpkins to others and for school Harvest festivals. But as we are on the verge of Lockdown Mark 2, I rather doubt we could offload pumpkins to other people.
We carted both pumpkins back from the allotment in the car as they were so heavy! Back at home, we amused ourselves by weighing them – 16.4kg and 15.4kg respectively (approximately 2 stone 7lbs and 2 stone 4lbs for those of you who prefer Imperial measurements!). After dinner, armed with a cheap set of pumpkins carving implements, courtesy of ASDA, we began!
Getting out all the seeds was time consuming! There were so many! Scooping out the insides was another epic task which covered both of us and the kitchen floor with pumpkin! Never having carved a pumpkin before, we decided to do a simple design. Using cookie cutters, we cut out the eyes and nose. Extracting the cookie cutter from the pumpkin was difficult as the pumpkin was so thick that even fully pressed into the flesh, the base of the cutter was still nearly an inch away from cutting through to the inside. Queue more hacking and covering ourselves in pumpkin slime.
Finally, we grabbed three tea lights and lit them. The whole effect is rather a jolly one rather than anything scary. However, we can feel rather smug that not only did we grow it ourselves, but we can also grow next year’s crop from the seeds.