|HOME|autumn mantle

Not a lot to say really on this one just a few rustic things from around the house collected up for a pretty, seasonal display. This will be up until 20 October, then it's time for the Halloween mantle to make an appearance!

It is one I'm particularly fond of though.

And for the beady eyed amongst you, yes I have melted the mirror frame by the scarecrow - the hubs was not impressed, and has 'banned' real candles in case of fire.  I only used them for the photos they are all now replaced with battery operated!

Pumpkin made from Cherry Menlove's, Handmade Home book.

Elefun not part of the display not sure how he sneaked in there!!!

|COOK|baked pumpkin with cream

I've had a few comments about this on Instagram so I thought I'd do a post detailing how I make it!  Be warned this is not a recipe for anyone on a low cal/fat diet but it sure takes delicious and is a lovely treat for a cold autumninal day.

This 'recipe' is loosely based on this one from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 

It's not really as recipe as exact quantities cannot be given, but here's what I do!

Serves 1
1 individual sized pumpkin or squash
Grated mature cheddar cheese
Double cream (I use elmlea double)
Sage leaves chopped (I used about 10)
Black pepper

1. Heat oven to 140oC, cut top off pumpkin and scoop out seeds.
2. Put pumpkin in an ovenproof dish.
3. Fill about halfway with cheese.
4. Add sage leaves, grated nutmeg and black pepper.
5. Cover the cheese with cream, pop on the lid and bake.
6. The pumpkin is cooked when the skin starts to burn and when you test with a knife it cuts through the flesh easily - be careful not to pierce the skin though!


I've also tried scooping out the flesh and cream/cheese into a blender with a little milk to serve as a soup.

If you give this or a variation a try please do let me know, I'd love to hear what you think.