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Phone Friday: Pumpkin, Kale and Hashbrowns

Hooray for Friday! 

On Sunday I suddenly contracted a nasty head cold that lasted for a few days. I was unable to do as much recipe testing for y’all as I had planned. There’s always next week!
Pumpkin Seeds

I cooked up some pumpkins for puree the other day, and Reuben requested that I roast the pumpkin seeds. I used Nourished Kitchen’s method for soaking and cooking them, except I only tossed them in 2 tablespoons of butter instead of the egg whites and other seasonings. They were quite tasty – I had to stop Reuben before he ate them all. 🙂

Kale Chips

I made kale chips for the first time! It’s surprising how easy they are. All you do is wash the leaves and cut out the center rib, massage them with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 300 for about 25 minutes, rotating halfway through. They got really crispy. Helen loved them.

Hash browns

This morning I had some extra time to make breakfast, so I decided to make hashbrowns. They’re Reuben’s favorite. He loves them so much that he found a recipe and made them himself the other day. He claims that the ones I made were twice as good as his (I used the same method), but I think it’s because of all the butter I put in the pan.

Here’s the method: Grate potatoes (we’ve used russets or reds) over a bowl of cold water. Rinse and squeeze out the excess water using a dishcloth or paper towel.
Heat a large cast iron pan over medium high heat and melt lots of butter (I used half a stick for 2 potatoes). Add the potatoes in a thin layer, turn the heat down to medium and season with some salt and pepper. Cook until crispy. Flip and cook until the other side is crispy. Devour.

Have you tried any new, delicious food this week?


Elizabeth Hisle

Sunday 9th of November 2014

I am going to try your hashbrown method! Mine always end up soggy and sad, when I want crispy and happy.

Erica Lea

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Mmmm...I love grapefruit. :)

Erica Lea

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Oooh, your dish sounds lovely! I really want to try working with filo. :)


Friday 7th of November 2014

And those grapefruit sections are such a beautiful color!

Anna Scandinavian Cottage

Friday 7th of November 2014

I Love hashbrowns! It's exactly like the traditional "potato cakes" we make in Sweden. I tried something new yesterday which was lovely, it was just cubed butternut squash fried in a pan with butter, s & p with a dash of smoked paprika and after that i fried bacon in the same pan with red onion and a drizzle of good quality balsamico and then I put the mix in filopastry squares and in to the oven they went and was devoured by all :)