Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween…

Delicious pumpkin recipes that aren’t soup

You could say it’s a little bit frightening to find out that 12.8 million pumpkins are expected be uneaten during this Halloween in the UK! Thanks to the tradition of coming together to carve our beloved Jack O’Lanterns, we forget that pumpkin can be a nutritious addition to our meals. For example, pumpkin is found to be rich in Vitamin A which supports the body’s immune system.

Even when using them in dishes, it is easy to resort to cooking classics such as pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup. However, the vegetable is much more versatile than that, and can be incorporated into comforting stews or fresh salads.

Cooking with pumpkins

Whether you decide to pick your pumpkin from a supermarket or the local pumpkin patch, it’s important that you pick the best for your dish!

Cutting pumpkins can occasionally stain your hands, so it may be handy to use a pair of gloves to protect your hands from turning orange! You can then wash them for next time and prolong their wear by using the Glove Poppit to hang them up to dry.

Once you are finished preparing pumpkin, you can then use the peelings for garden compost.

Pumpkin salad

This dish incorporates sweet and savoury flavours with the addition of crunchy textures to make a substantial side. Feel free to substitute the nuts with croutons.

Serves 4 as a side



1/2 cup of chopped dried cranberries

1 medium sized pumpkin

5 cups of chopped spinach leaves

¼ cup of walnuts, roughly chopped

¼ cup of cashews, roughly chopped


1 and 1/2 tbsp of Extra virgin olive oil

2 and 1/2 tbsp of Brown miso paste

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp of honey


  1. Preheat oven at 200c, meanwhile peel and chop pumpkin into 2cm chunks
  2. placing them into a roasting tray  and  roast them in the oven at
  3. When the pumpkin is cooked, combine it with chopped spinach, walnuts, cashews, and dried cranberries into a serving bowl
  4. Whisk honey, olive oil, miso paste, and lemon juice together into a small bowl to form dressing
  5. Pour dressing into the serving bowl, then toss the bowl so the salad is coated with dressing

Pumpkin and chickpea coconut curry

Serves 4

With the months becoming a colder, a spicy curry  can provide warm and nourishing meal to your day. This dish is best served with a bowl of fluffy rice or quinoa


5cm piece of fresh ginger, minced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

10 dried curry leaves

3 stalks of lemon grass, white part grated

1 small red chilli, chopped

1 tsp of mustard seeds

2 tsp of turmeric powder

1 medium sized white onion chopped

1 tins of light coconut milk

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

½ cup of vegetable stock

2 tins of chickpeas

1 medium sized pumpkin

1 bunch of fresh coriander, chopped fir garnishing

1 bunch of fresh mint, chopped for garnishing

1 lime cut into wedges for serving


  1. Chop and peel the pumpkin into 2cm chunks
  2. Cook pumpkin chunks in a roasting tray at 200c in the oven for 30 minutes
  3. Fry the ginger, garlic, chilli, lemongrass and onion at a medium heat until soft,
  4. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves to the spice mixture, and fry until the curry leaves go crispy. Add the turmeric powder, tomatoes, vegetable stock and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and add the cooked pumpkin and chickpeas. Cover with a lid and simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped mint and coriander leaves and fresh lime wedges

Pumpkin seeds

Finally, don’t forget to keep the seeds from your pumpkins! As you can use them to make a crispy, healthy snack. You can either eat the whole pumpkin seed (containing the white outer shell), or you can crack open the shell and just eat the green inner pumpkin seed. Seeds once cooked can then be stored for up to three months.

Use the following seasoning blends can be used to season your seeds for nibbling.

Cooking the seeds

  1.  Boil the seeds in water for 15 minutes
  2. Drain the seeds using a sieve and clean the flesh off of the seeds
  3. Pat the seeds dry with a paper towel, preheating the oven for 150c
  4. If flavouring the seeds, toss them in olive oil and the seasoning blend
  5. Spread the seeds in an even layer on a tray lined with parchment paper
  6. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, moving them every 10 minutes
  7. The seeds will be ready to take out when they change to a golden brown colour
  8. Leave them to fully cool down, if still chewy then roast them for a further 5-10 minutes

Seasoning blends

Classic savoury mix

½tbsp of Smoked paprika

½ tbsp of Garlic powder

1 tsp of Salt

1 tbsp of Parmesan cheese

Pumpkin spice mix

¼ tsp of ground cinnamon

¼ tsp of nutmeg

¼ tsp of ground ginger

¼ tsp of ground cloves

¾ tsp of brown sugar

Spicy curry mix

¾ tsp of cumin

1 tsp of salt

½ tsp of ground coriander

¾ tsp of ground turmeric

½ tsp of ground cardamom

½ tsp of cayenne pepper

½ of ground cinnamon

¾ tsp of ground ginger

Help save the environment from the comfort of your kitchen

Protecting the environment is fast becoming a top priority at home and we are always looking for ways to help ease the process.

An estimated 12 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year and, in April 2018, single use plastics were condemned by prime minister, Theresa May, as a “scourge” on our planet.

Reducing waste and making careful decisions about what we buy, alongside reusing household goods can all have a major impact the amount of waste being sent to our already brimming landfills and protect the environment.

According to statistics from Greener Scotland, cutting back waste at home can also save us a whopping £470 on food bills per year.

With this in mind, Glove Poppit can certainly lend a helping hand when it comes to going green at home.

You can use it to dry rubber gloves for the kitchen alongside sports and gardening gloves.

Along with its customised add-on drying plate, it can also air dry anything from food storage bags and swim caps, to wooden spoons and paint brushes.

By reusing goods with the aid of Glove Poppit, you can help reduce the amount of plastic waste at home.

And now the sunny weather is finally here, it’s good to know it can be used as a handy travel item, helping us to be kind to the environment whether we are home or away.

New Glove Poppit Drying Plate

We are really pleased to now be able to offer you the Glove Poppit Plus.

You can now dry even more items on your Glove Poppit with the new drying plate.

Glove Poppit drying plate

How to use the drying plate

The drying plate can be easily placed over the arms, so the holes are aligned with the arms and the plate held in place. The natural shaping of the holes and arms means the plate sits at the top or half way down the arms depending on which holes are selected.  The rounded holes can then be used to hold items in place for maximum drying. 

Bags are held open by the drying plate sitting at the top of the arms and thus maximising the drying effect of the stand.

A washed plastic bag held open whilst drying

The drying plate can be used for drying lots of items, not just plastic bags. It was designed to sit at two levels – at the top of the arms or half way down. These options give lots of drying options.

Sports bottle drying on the drying plate after being washed.

Items such as brushes, spoons, water bottle tubes can be held in place as they dry with the drying plate at the half way point. Bottles can either sit on the top of the arms or sit on the plate. No more bottles falling over on the draining board! Bottles can now be fully dried out reducing the risk of dirty water remaining inside.

The drying plate dries all kinds of items such as brushes, spoons, utensils
and paint brushes!

How to make a winning wildlife garden

We have won the wildlife category of the city garden in bloom competition and have been runners up several times.

Plants for a wildlife garden

We have tried to ensure the garden is full of wildlife garden friendly plants that pollinators love, throughout the year. Plants such as

Snowdrops, Buddleias, Sedum, teasels, wildflowers, clover, Hespera (Hesperis)

Seed heads and plant material are left in place as long as possible. Birds love feeding off the seed heads.


Garden pond

Just a small pond will be great in any garden. Ours is about 1m square. We have built ledges to sit plants on and we have a bog area extending out the one end. We have also tried to slope the pond towards the bog area so that animals can climb out. It is amazing how wildlife benefits and starts to use even just a small pond. Its one of the best things we have included in our garden.

Our favourite plant is the Marsh Marigold with its intense splash of yellow very early in the year. And of course with the link to the Glove Poppit and yellow household gloves.

Bird feeding

We put out peanuts for the Woodpeckers and seeds for the other birds, blue tits, great tits, and sparrows, we also use a slice of an old tree trunk as a feeding platform for breadcrumbs etc for the crows.

Bird bath

Bird bath

The bird bath is situated near the flower border and hedge so birds can fly between the bath and the safety of the hedge. We fill it regularly using old large milk bottles and try to use rain water. We often hear a splashing commotion and realise that a group of birds are having their sailing bath. Pigeons are really amusing as they take up the whole bath and sit with one wing raised airing and drying it out. The crows are also very inventive as they bring hard stale pieces of bread to the bath for soaking, flipping the piece over so each side is wet and becomes moist enough to eat.

Bug hotel

A neat bug hotel was given to us as a present and we have hung it from our fence. We also made one from an old small box and packed it with hollow plant tubes, old pine cones, bits of straw etc.

Wood pile

Wood pile

We keep larger branches from our pruning efforts and stack them up in a permanent pile at the side of the garden. This pile is left year on year so the wood slowly rots and as a home to whatever chooses to use it. We occasionally tidy it, replacing fallen sticks on top but generally leave it alone. Rotting wood is excellent wildlife gardens giving a home for fungi and bugs.

Long grass areas

Long grass patches have been created and are a permanent feature, perhaps mowing them completely away once a year. We have now determined where we want them and how they might fit sculpturally in with the shape of the beds so they add to the wildlife garden features. Clover starts to grow and a range of grasses as we move through the months. The neighbours cat often likes to lie on these long areas relaxing in the warmth from the grass.

Compost and leaf mold piles

Compost is made every year in a large bin and we have made wired framed leaf mold piles. We turn the compost early in the year and use a large tarpaulin to empty the contents onto, removing the hard woody parts that have not rotted down and ensuring the material at the top is placed back into the bottom of the compost bin. We use the tarpaulin again when we want to empty out the bin and distribute the compost round thewildlife garden.


Animal friendly fence

Our fences were fitted with gaps at the bottom for hedgehogs to move from garden to garden

We replaced fences the other year but put in a slatted one so that the wind can work it’s way through. We ensured that there was a gap at the bottom for animals such as hedgehogs to move freely.

No chemicals 

We try hard to not use any chemicals in the wildlife garden. We have made our own nettle feed in the past, stored in old bottles and added to the watering can. We use seaweed feed and make our own compost.

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