October, ah, my favourite season. The burnt orange leaves, chilly air and big open fires are all delightful, but it has to be said it’s the food that gets me totally excited at this time of year.

 

Which brings me to the pumpkin. We’ve all panic bought a supermarket squash, only to carve it for Halloween, and then discard the whole thing once the witches and wizards have stopped knocking at the door.

 

But as pumpkin picking becomes one of the few pastimes we’re still allowed to indulge in (so long, trick or treating), we now have so many more varieties on offer – and let me assure you, each comes with its own personality and taste.

 

As a bonus, pumpkins and squashes are also incredibly nutritious – as are these deliciously simple recipes I’ll be putting to use as Halloween approaches.

 

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