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With the chicken broth leftover, I boiled pumpkin, potatoes and an egg, then mushed to make croquettes tonight.

As the mixture was rather with liquid, it was a little difficult to form the croquette shape. However, the taste was all right as I boiled the vegetables in the chicken stock.

Pumpkin Potato Croquettes

Pumpkin Potato Croquettes

With fried fish, people in Sicily sometimes eat pesto with tomatoes like below. Today we used fried vegetables instead.

Sicilian Pesto Spaghetti

Sicilian Pesto Spaghetti

Additions to Genovese pesto to make Sicilian pesto are roasted almonds instead of pine kernels in Genovese, and tomatoes. The sauce has more liquid from tomatoes and even spaghetti boiling juice is a little added to the sauce as well.

As the ingredients – extra virgin olive oil, raw garlic cloves, basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, chili are crushed in a mortar and freshly roasted almonds are added, then aromatic scents are coming up. Then squeezed tomatoes and spaghetti juice are added to complete the sauce.

Good ripen tomatoes and spicy garlic are the key of the sauce. Except for summer season in the UK, we tend to have less ripen tomatoes like the above, so it is best to wait until you can get ripen rich tomatoes in summer.

Be careful as the garlic is raw, the smell of the mouth from other people who have not eaten garlic at the dinner or lunch can smell of very strong garlic.

 

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Another vegetable which I can not find easily in supermarkets in the UK these days is Kabocha pumpkin.

I somehow found them sold in the Wholefoods in London in March, but the taste was really disappointing, with much less natural sweet taste of pumpkin and rather with much watery taste like squash.

Kabocha sold in Wholefoods

Kabocha sold in Wholefoods

This week, I have ordered Japanese food delivery from Japanese food shop in London, including Kabocha pumpkin. It was OK as it had natural sweet taste, flavour and the texture like potatoes without too much watery texture like squash.

Kabocha Pumpkin 600g GBP2.16

Kabocha Pumpkin 600g GBP2.16

I guess as the Kabocha bought from Wholefoods has less patterns in the skin and the texture of looking is oldish, it was not good one. When I choose next time I think I should remember this.

The below is Kabocha Resotto, I have arranged Kabocha soup recipe. I was nice taste, and has much nutrients too.

Kabocha Resotto

Kabocha Risotto

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