At the time of the original writing of this recipe, I had recently stopped by Caravan’s latest Bankside soft-opening and devoured the most delicious roasted squash with miso, blue cheese and thai basil (weird, but fantastic). Shortly thereafter I read Tasting Table’s post on How to Cook with Squash Seeds; not bake nor roast, but cook. Intrigued. And as we all know, at this time of year, carved, hulled, decapitated pumpkins are a-plenty. Along with a little bestover imagination and fridge-find inspiration, this recipe was born.
So, over the coming months we will collate a collection of ideas we think you'll enjoy; things to grow, make, ways to move, explore, places to listen, learn. We hope it inspires you to re-discover habits, passions, hobbies passed; from before time ran away from you, now that we're forced to slow down [it's time to take a break from the Netflix binge]:
It might feel like a strange time to be 'celebrating' anything, at the moment. A lot of us may feel uprooted, unsettled, have lost our rhythm or routine. We strongly believe that continuing with our traditions, no matter how big or small, old or new, can help root us, bring us purpose, and keep us going. Make do and make the most of your extra time, it's not the time to see this confinement as limiting or debilitating. It's an opportunity to grow, learn new skills, be reminded of old hobbies and re-connect and stay connected with the people you love. Be grateful for good health and appreciative of the freedom we will have once this passes.
I love traditions. And right now, I don't know about you, but I could do with a tradition or two; to ground me, keep me going, feel close to the people that I can't be close to. Every Easter, I generally insist upon the following: 1 Easter egg hunt, 1 batch of chocolate Mini Egg nests, 1 egg dying session. [for brunch egg-cracking]. Given all that's going on, one will suffice.
Easter is going to be a little different this year. Not the usual, family gathering, chocolate-filled, day of excitement it often is. But that doesn't mean we can't keep spirits up with adapted traditions, support local businesses or surprise someone with a chocolate treat. In fact sometimes, nothing says it better. So here's our list of [mostly] UK based Chocolate companies to add a touch of sweetness to your day, or someone else's.