My windowsill is now down to my final 2 squashes. This is good for me, I’m normally using up my final squashes around March time, by which time they’ve become so hard, they’re completely impossible to peel.
Admittedly, the 3 really small ones didn’t harden properly, but went rotten and had to be composted, and I gave a couple away. But from a harvest of 13, I’ve certainly had my fill of butternut squash over the last few months, and these are a particularly delicious variety (Waltham) with lots of flesh and very few seeds.
I have mainly eaten them …
- Roasted with a bit of garlic and olive oil. Usually with some potatoes and parsnips alongside. The simplest way, but still the tastiest in my opinion.
- In soup. Often what is left over from the roasted method above, thrown into a saucepan with some stock and then blitzed with a bit of creme fraiche.
- In a risotto. Posh gastro pub stylie. Especially good with a bit of stilton melted in at the end.
- In a gratin. This has become a huge favourite. Like a normal potato gratin with slices layered up in a dish, dotted with butter and seasoned well as you layer, and then covered with stock or cream/milk or even a combination of both. This works well if you layer squash, potato and onion together.
- In cornish pasties. I know, get me. See photo below as evidence that I’m not making this up. Make sure to use strong flour in the pastry (it’s worth finding a proper recipe online), dice the squash quite small along with an onion and a bit of potato, and sprinkle over some paprika. Perfect allotment snack!
- I’ve yet to try out the final one, which is a pumpkin pie but obviously with squash instead of the pumpkin. Should have really done this around bonfire night, but never did. It’s still on the cards though! Good to get a sweet recipe in there.
No allotment action to report I’m afraid. The most we’ve done is pop down to check all is okay, re-pin the tarpaulin over the compost trench, and prop up one of the purple sprouting broccoli plants that had toppled over in the wind. Then back home quickly to a warm house and hot tea.