You guys know I'm a sucker for marketing okay. It sucks me in, I'll admit it. And when halloween rocks around the corner, I get as excited as a tween watching American Pie for the first time. Carving pumpkins (and spending some serious dough while we're at it, they are not cheap this time of year), pumpkin spice everything (but actually. every. thing.) and homemade apple cider...
Which brings us here: A pretty self explanatory guide to carving *cue informercial voice* YOUR VERY OWN PUMPKIN ! Oh, and an apple cider recipe. This kind, not this kind. I could understand how that could be a little misleading. We will, unfortunately, not be mixing up dodgy alcohol in our kitchens today, sorry guys.
Homemade Apple Cider
- A dozen apples, washed, quartered and cored (I used a mix of granny smith and red delicious)
- 1/2 a cup to a cup of brown sugar (depending on how sweet you'd like it)
- 4 cinnamon sticks (halved)
- 1 tablespoon of cloves
- 1 whole nutmeg (chopped)
Optional: 1 valencia orange, sliced in wheels to garnish your drink (you can also cook the orange with the rest of the ingredients, I prefer it fresh and added in at the last minute)
Now you can get all professional and use a keyhole saw, miniature saws, scrapers and needle tools. But all I had (and wanted to invest in) were knives and a trusty soup spoon... AND IT WORKED. So it's going to be fine guys, no need to buy that pumpkin kit. Unless you want to make this. Or this. But we're not there yet, baby steps okay.
2. Scoop out the flesh, pulp and seeds. You should be left with a clean pumpkin such as this one.
Happy Halloween everyone !