Friday, November 2, 2012
I'm Taking Bets
The pumpkins have been moved to the deck. You can see on the one to the left, the squirrels had attempted, in one day, to lay claim to the seedy goodness of pumpkin innards. I'm going to keep tabs on these two. They really are too big to turn into puree.
Jack-o-lantern pumpkins, in case you didn't know, do not have as much meat between the exterior and the interior cavity. They are bred to be more hollow than full so it is easier to carve. You see the gigantic pumpkins that weigh in at over a thousand pounds. They are generally flat on one side because the sheer weight of the pumpkin can't support a round shape. The kind turned into puree you buy from a can have small cores but can't grow to that gigantic size. The larger a pie pumpkin gets, the more stringy the interior flesh becomes. Plus, it's been my experience, that the larger pie pumpkins tend to have a more bitter taste. I'm craving some warm pumpkin bread or muffins right now or the smell of a cooking pumpkin as I make my own puree. Hmmmmm...I need groceries. Maybe a trip to Whole Foods is in order this weekend.
I was cleaning out the baking shelf in the kitchen last week and found some old cashews and almonds. Unsure about them, I just sprinkled them on the deck. Within 15 minutes, a couple of gray squirrels were arguing over who got what and chasing each other off the deck. The red squirrels were the ones I saw in the front feasting on pumpkin seeds. Is there a territory here? Will I see gray squirrels attacking the pumpkins or don't they care? Will I get red squirrels on the deck? Once the pumpkin's outer layer has been breached, will raccoons attack it? This will be interesting to watch.
This is science, you know, all in the name of science, and watching the cavorting of the backyard squirrels.
Beverage: Green tea