Oct 28, 2011
Carving a Pumpkin and Roasting Seeds
When I was a kid we always used to carve pumpkins together as a family. I never carved anything elaborate, but I was always a fan of roasting (or more specifically, eating) the pumpkin seeds. I drive passed a place that has rows and rows of pumpkins displayed outside everyday on my way home from work, so I finally decided to stop and pick one up.
I cut open the top of the pumpkin and then scraped out all of the seeds. I put all of the pumpkin guts in one bowl, and all of the seeds in a strainer to wash them out.
Then I heated the oven to 250 degrees and laid the seeds out on a baking tray, coating them lightly with salt. I put the seeds in the oven and set the timer for 40 minutes. This is when I decided to carve the pumpkin while I waited for the seeds to roast.
I kept the tradition alive by not carving anything fancy, but I think my jack o'lantern turned out alright. By the time the seeds were done and my pumpkin had been carved my apartment smelt really good - very seasonal. Sadly, the seeds turned out to be so tasty that they were gone that night. Happy Halloween in any case!