Thursday, 20 November 2014

Turk's Turban Squash

Turk's Turban Squash
Next year I am going to grow the wonderful Turk's Turban Squash on the allotment plot. Containing all the colours of autumn, topped with a knobbly hat. Such a curious winter squash that I had not cooked with before. I found this one at a local farm shop, sat amongst the pumpkins and the butternut squash. A bargain of mottled autumn treasure at £1.25 
   Squash Curry Blackboard
The flesh inside is a rich orange. Lovely to cut into. I decided to make a mild curry with it to warm us  up on these cold November days.Turk's Turban Squash orange fleshSquash cut into chunks
Red pepper cut into chunks
Slice an onion
Put all into a roasting tray
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with chilli flakes, garlic, cumin, corriander, salt and pepper
Mix it up to coat all the vegetables
Place in the oven on about gas mark 5 (190°C) for about 40 minutes until soft
roasted squashOnce lovely and roasted add to a pot on the stove
Add curry paste - we had some Madras in the fridge
Chuck in some fresh spinach leaves
A few good spoonfuls of Coconut milk (love this stuff!)
Add 1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes
Simmer for about 15 minutes making a curry with coconut milk Pot of autumn squash curry Tasted delicious. Little Bird loved it, surprisingly! For such a fussy eater he was scooping it into his mouth. Happy mummy!Squash Curry I've saved a few seeds for next year.
But will buy some too and compare.
Have you ever grown this curious ornamental squash?
Turk's Turban Squash seeds


Katie Bedlow said...

Yummmm I would love a bowl of that curry, scooped up with a naan - perfect! I have a packet of Turks Turban that I meant to plant this year but ran out of time, looks like 2015 will be the year of the squash! :) Such gorgeous colours!

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