halloween

Papas de Abóbora | TDAC

Last week for #NationalPumpkinDay I shared this illustration I made inspired by my Grandma’s desserts – her pumpkin treats are a THE best! “Papas de Abóbora” is a portuguese dessert that goes back to my father childhood years and although there’s not much historic background on them, from what I could found, it is a traditional dish that goes way back to when villagers had to leave town to work and would bring this ‘papas’ with salted sardines. Long story short, if you like pumpkin YOU NEED to try this!

This recipe can be made two ways: with cornflour (traditional) or with wheat flour. Personally I prefer the second one because once it cools down, it gets a thin coat on top, almost like a cream brulee, but without being burnt. I asked my Grandma for her recipe, but she told me she just does what feels right, so she doesn’t have exact measurements – I’ll try my best to share it with you guys.

Papas de Abóbora
– 500g of pumpkin (we usually use “abóbora menina”)
– water or milk q.b.
– lemon skin (make sure the white part is not on the peel, just the yellow)
– cornflour or wheat flour (around 2/3 tbsp)
– sugar (to taste)
– cinnamon (to decorate, you can skip this step)
– secret weapon: wooden spoon

Cut the pumpkin into bite size pieces, wash it and drain. Place the pumpkin + lemon skin in a pan and pour just enough milk/water to reach half the pieces – in the end you will need to still have liquid in the pan to scoop 1/2 cup aside and to blend the rest with the pumpkin. Boil and cook until soft.

Once it’s cooked, scoop out 1/2 cup of the liquid you choose and set aside. Away from the stove, with either a fork or a magic wand (this option makes the end result smoother), smash/process the pumpkin with the remaining liquid. (more…)

Spooky Pumpkin!

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When I was a kid, I used to tag along with a few neighbors and we would dress up as witches and diy some pumpkins with two bowls, lots of duck tape and orange crepe paper and we would knock on doors singing Halloween songs in hope to receive a candy or two. A trip to the Dentist was always scheduled two weeks after (who knows why, right?).

This year I’m spending Halloween night baking pumpkin muffins (can’t wait to try out this recipe), eating spinach and ricotta lasagna for dinner and watching scary movies (although I’m still not sure what to watch). Any suggestions?

Although I started this illustration in the beginning of October, I wasn’t able to finish it in time for Halloween, so here’s a wip of how it’s progressing.

Currently I’m taking this course (that I’m loving – I’ve already learned so much and we are only on lesson 2) and I’m also working on a book project that it’s supposed to be finished by December 1st – yikes! Two months is a bit of a tight schedule to work on a book, but I know I can do it! I’ll share more about it once the book is finished.

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I’m also putting together a super awesome freebie that I’ll be sending out with my November newsletter. If you love Christmas like me, you like to organize stuff and you can’t live without a planner, then this freebie will be for you! If you’re not yet subscribed to my newsletter, you can do it here and be sure to follow me on Instagram – I’ll be posting sneak peeks through out the month of November!

Happy Halloween, everyone!