kukla_tko: (Kitty Crack ho)
For those who liked this season's stuffed pumpkins, here's what I did:

For the one served at the tea social:
Note: This was accidentally vegan. So yay!
1 medium sized carving pumpkin
2 cups jasmine rice
4 cups water
Saffron
Chinese Five-spice powder (Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise, ginger)
Coriander
Tumeric
Himalayan Sea salt
black pepper
2 sticks of cinnamon
pinch of whole cloves
1 can water chestnuts
1 can bamboo shoots
handful of golden raisins
handful of baby carrots
1 celery stalk
1 package of shelled walnut pieces

For the one served on Halloween:

1 medium/large sized carving pumpkin
2 cups jasmine rice
2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
Chinese Five-spice powder (Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, anise, ginger)
Coriander
Tumeric
Himalayan Sea salt
black pepper
2 sticks of cinnamon
pinch of whole cloves
1 can of smoked ham
1 snack sized box of regular raisins
about a third of a can of chunk pineapple
handful of cashews
2 cans sliced potatoes
1 can whole potatoes


In both cases:
Put the rice and water (or water and broth) into the rice cooker. Add seasonings, except for the cinnamon sticks.
Set the rice cooker to do its magic.
While that is going on, cut into the pumpkin like you're planning to carve it.
I like to cut a jagged top. You can cut a round top, but make a notch so you can get it back on tightly.
Scoop out the seeds and pumpkin guts. Since you're not carving it, you don't have to be aggressive about getting the strings out. I try not to carve too deeply into the pumpkin's flesh.
Note: If you like roasted pumpkin seeds, save the seeds and wash them. If not, share. If you compost the pumpkin guts, you'll likely have pumpkins the next year.

Once the rice cooker does its job, mix the hot rice together with the additional ingredients. For the canned items, drain them before mixing them.

Lay out two pieces of foil or parchment paper on a pie pan or cookie sheet.
Set the pumpkin in the pie pan or on a cookie sheet.

Get a large spoon and scoop the rice mixture into the pumpkin. I like to toss the cinnamon sticks in first.

In the case of the second pumpkin, I had about half of the stuffing I needed, so I added the canned potatoes as filler. They turned out to be darned tasty, so I may do this on purpose next time.

Replace the lid on the pumpkin.

Wrap the pumpkin in the aluminum foil or parchment paper. (The foil is significantly easier.) Make sure the whole thing is covered up.

Re-arrange the oven racks so that the pumpkin will fit in the oven.
Set the pumpkin in the oven.

The best way to bake this is to set the oven for about 200-250 degrees, the night before you're going to serve it. I did this with the first pumpkin but set it at 275; it was overdone when I pulled it out at 11am the next day. Cooked for about ten hours.

The one on Halloween went in the oven around 1pm, cooked until 6ish. Was set for 350. Added the lasagna for the last two hours, dropped the temperature to 325 per cooking instructions.

So longer time= lower temperature.
Shorter time= higher temperature.

I find that pumpkin stuffing likes lots of ginger, and salt. Savory pumpkin loves its salt. When I have the time and am feeling very "Martha Stewart" about it, I roast the pumpkin seeds and put them back in the stuffing. Mmm.

One of these times I might roast the damn thing with the guts intact; it's not like the strings are poisonous or anything.
kukla_tko: (Default)
Mmm.
[livejournal.com profile] allura629 gave me a present: This year's Target Halloween Barbie.

And I found the other one, the Diva (Halloween Star) at Dierberg's on sale.

So, we deboxed the dolls the other night. Figured out how to strip their outfits off of them, admired their boots. (The one has these great dominatrix boots with spikes around the ankle which then lace up her legs like ballet slippers. The other has the Holy Grail of Barbie Boots (something I looked for for years) the knee-high "lace up front" boot with the high heel.)

Then, we started playing with them. The conversation went something like this:

Barbie 1: Wow. I have great boots.
Barbie 2: Yeah. I have pretty good boots, too.
Barbie 1: But your outfit is better than mine. I like your pants.
Barbie 2: They are pretty awesome, aren't they?
Barbie 1: I'm so drunk...
Barbie 2: I like to get FCCed up and do FCCed up things!
Barbie 1: I like to get FCCed up, too!
Barbie 2: Yeah, I'll bet you do. Let's go to the Rob Zombie concert. He's dreamy!

At which point we collapsed into giggles.

The dolls in question are currently invading the Fairy display in the basement. Soon, very soon there will be a coup, and the fairies will be gone, replaced by the invasion of the Halloween Dolls. Mwa ha ha!

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