I am a big fan of Halloween. Not so much "grown up" Halloween, where you wear sexy clothes and go to big parties and drink a lot, but "kids" Halloween, where you carve pumpkins and eat a lot of candy. I'm a six year old at heart.
I went to the Farmer's Market this afternoon (the lines are short in the pouring rain) and got a pumpkin. I decided to make roasted pumpkin seeds (or pepitas in Spanish), and after I scooped out all the seeds, I figured, what the hell -
- and I made a tiny Jack-o-lantern. I don't have a front porch like at my old house, so I'm not quite sure what to do with it, but that's okay.
Anyways, on to the seeds. It's super easy. Just scoop them out and put them in a bowl.
Then put them in a colander and rinse them. Pick all the pulp off. This is tedious, but I really like it. I love really repetitive food tasks, like rolling cheese balls or stuffing mushrooms or kneading bread. I find it very soothing.
So, once all the pulp is gone, spread them on a baking sheet. In an ideal world you'd let them dry out over night. But life just isn't like that sometimes. So I poured a little olive oil on them, sprinkled them with Lawry's Seasoning Salt and stuck them in the oven (375 degrees for 15 minutes). Here they are!
Yum. Yay for fall. Go out and have a happy halloween! Oh and in case you're curious, I'm dressing up as Joan Holloway from Mad Men.