Cannibalizing the Pumpkin Man

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Joan the teenage revolutionary in front of Tian An Men Square

There is a famous revolutionary song about Mao’s Long March I used to sing as a child call “Red rice and Pumpkin Soup.”  Pumpkin soup was considered peasant food — the opposite of Bourgeois — therefore revolutionary. Even today pumpkin soup is still emblematic for a plain life style touted by the Party for its officers.

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CCTV posted Xi eating pumpkin soup with the soldiers and the officers and named the event Red Rice and Pumpkin Soup

I of course no longer associate pumpkin soup with revolution. I anticipate Autumn’s abundance when I see pumpkins arriving in the market. Fall is my favorite season.

I sat across from the Pumpkin Man at the breakfast table this morning, drinking my tea and contemplating his fate. In the end, I couldn’t let the Pumpkin Man go.  He’s now been hacked to pieces and occupying both my refrigerators.  I grew up not having enough food and I simply hate to waste anything, let alone a perfectly good pumpkin.

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It is true that the Pumpkin Man was not raised to be yummy; he was raised to look good.  But he turned out to be quite worthy of admiration in the form of an almond flour pumpkin bread.

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Ingredients

2 cups pumpkin puree (roasted at 350F and pureed in Vitamix)

3 large eggs

3 egg whites

1/4 cup blackstrap molasses or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum (optional)

In a mixing bowl, mix Pumpkin puree, eggs, egg whites, vanilla and molasses.  In another bowl, mix all dry ingredients.  Mix the wet and dry together with a hand mixer.  Move mixed ingredients into two loaf pans and bake at 350F for 40 minutes.

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Since the oven was already on, I decided to make another bread and some muffins in a different flavor:

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1 cup almond flour

1/2 oat bran

1/2 coconut flour

1/2 pumpkin puree

3/4 cup raisins

2 eggs

2 apples

4 tbsp. xylitol

1tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

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2 thoughts on “Cannibalizing the Pumpkin Man

  1. What is the red heart in the teacup? Is it a reflection or something inside the cup? Like a bit of love inside each cup! Your husband and daughter share the same face shape and you can see the love in these photos. Thanks for sharing.

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