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Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkin Bolognaise

In our quest to resurrect interest in pumpkins beyond the ‘supermarket’ halloween pumpkin that the UK is most familiar with, we grew a small quantity of the culinary acclaimed Galeux d’Eysines heritage squash. Packed off with a nice family sized specimen, Jacky and Graham were tasked with recreating the pumpkin bolognaise dish popular on the continent.

Here is their photo record of the big event:

Step 1: Prepare Bolognaise

….on an Aga with two dogs just in case anything falls on the floor

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Step 2: Prepare the Pumpkin

Get a Massive Pumpkin

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Cut a star shape out, carefully, with a really big knife.

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Really struggle to get the flippin thing out. Utilise a teenager and all sorts of kitchen equipment, bend a lot of it.

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Finally succeed.

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Remove the seeds and stringy bits

Step 3: Pour in the Bolognaise

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Put the lid back on the pumpkin and rub olive oil all over the outside, to make it look nice.

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Put it on a massive foil lined tray. Fail to fit it in the Aga! Electric oven to the rescue.

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Step 4: Cook in the oven

180 degrees for about 1- 1.5 hours.

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Step 5: Remove from the oven

Remove the lid, once again requiring creative use of kitchen equipment.

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Smells ace ….  one little improvement required …..

Step 6: Improvement

Needs loads of freshly grated parmesan

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Step 7: Serve

With garlic bread & crusty bread to a hungry group of 8.

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Step 8: Leftovers

All the leftover pumpkin – and PLENTY of it.  Whizzed with the hand whizzer, frozen in portions to thin down with chicken stock and make soup, or to make a yummy sauce for curry.

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Nom nom nom
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Graham & Jacky O’Hanlon

2015 – The Big Lift

The giant pumpkins have been cut, lifted and are now on pallets ready for collection. Only four giants for sale this year with weights ranging from 300lb to 1000lb in weight.

All are the pumpkins have been grown to order but if any of the buyers change their mind the pumpkins will be advertised for sale on here over the next few days. Be aware that non of the pumpkins will fit in a car or fit through a standard door. The smaller giants can be moved with four people lifting but the two big ones will need to be moved with a forklift.

Pumpkin Patch Update

One of the few giant pumpkins being sold this year. The weather patterns have devastated all the outdoor pumpkins but the couple that are in polytunnels have done well.

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2015 Giant Pumpkins for sale

I had a little helper in the pumpkin patch this afternoon. Skylar has been running around the pumpkin patch selecting the pumpkins for a display. Far too much energy for late afternoon but at least Molly (the dog) appreciated it.

 

Skylar and Molly in the pumpkin patch
Skylar and Molly in the pumpkin patch
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Skylar picking tiny pumpkins for presents

Carving Pumpkins For Malvern Show

A mix of 10 pumpkins selected today by celebrity pumpkin carver Simon McMinnis for a demonstration he is putting on next weekend at Malvern Autumn Show.

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Carving pumpkins for Malvern Show

We are all looking forward to seeing these carved and have no doubts about how spectacular they will be!

Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkins

galeux pumpkinWe have only got a few of these warty offerings for sale; I think they will appeal more to the pumpkin carvers who want to do something different but they are in fact one of the very best varieties for eating.

The salmon coloured skin develops peanut like nodes as the sugar content builds in the ripening process. The more bumps, the greater the sugar content and the sweeter the squash.

Galeux D’ Eysines squash has a sweet flavor, with a smooth velvety texture free from the fibrous strings predominant in many squash varieties. The bright orange flesh is nutty, sweet, firm making it perfect for pies, steaming, baking, roasting, soups and more.

Galeux d’Eysines are generally weigh in at between 5 and 10kg.

A Halloween lantern carved from a 'Galeux d’Eysines' Pumpkin
A Halloween lantern carved from a ‘Galeux d’Eysines’ Pumpkin

Mini Pumpkin Tea Light Candle Holder

As well as the massive pumpkins we also grow these lovely little fella’s for florists autumnal arrangements and harvest festivals.

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Mini pumpkins for autumn flower arrangements, rustic events and weddings

The mini pumpkins are cute little things, they are quite solid and have a very waxy feel to the skin but are lovely to touch and handle. The photo is of the first mini pumpkin we have cut in 2015 as they have been very slow to ripen.

This one was destined to be used as a tea light holder so the centre was removed with a core drill, which makes a much better job than trying to carve it but does tend to cover the drill operator with a stripe of pumpkin mousse as it cuts into the pumpkin.

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Carve out the centre of the pumpkin for the tea light holder

The hole was cut to suit the Ikea Vasnas Tea Light Holders which are a perfect size for these little pumpkins.

The Ikea Vasnas tea light sits inside the hollowed out pumpkin
The Ikea Vasnas tea light is ideal for sitting inside the hollowed out pumpkin

Perfect for a rustic table decoration or for lining a pathway, the mini pumpkin candles are always a hit. These pumpkins can also be hollowed out for use as a pumpkin soup bowl

The finished pumpkin tea light candle holder
The finished pumpkin tea light candle holder

The small pumpkins are available to order now at just £1.50 each. We only have a limited number of these available so please order early to avoid disappointment. Pumpkins are perishable and can ‘go off’ with little warning but these are quite hardy chaps and can last for months if left intact. A wipe down with a mild bleach solution will always help.