WTSIM #20 – for the love of gourd

WTSIM gourdOptimised Oh the guilt!!

Here I am, living the high life in Chicago with all my good intentions of blogging early every morning in tatters.  I have neglected all you lovely readers.  But in my defense I can say that I have been busy.  I have explored Chicago inside and out.  I have spent 2 amazing days in Washington DC.  I have been to Galena and seen the Mississippi for the first time.  I have been mesmerised, delighted and awe-struck at least once a day since I arrived.  It's heady stuff, I tell you.  So please forgive me and I promise I'll be back and blogging when I return to London.

In the meanwhile, I thought I'd better get a move on and announce the theme for this month's Waiter, There's Something in My… event which I am hosting.  In keeping with the seasonal theme, and mindful of the astonishing variety out there, I have decided to go all Halloween on you and pick gourds as the theme. What counts as a gourd?  All pumpkins, squashes, zucchini, pattypans and other vegetables growing on vines – in fact any member of the Cucurbitaceae family.  (I will allow melons too, even though they weren't part of my original plan!)  So I really have left the field wide open – those of you currently experiencing Spring can wow me with your zesty zucchini creations, while those who are experiencing Autumn can pamper me with pumpkin pie.

As usual, here are the rules:

1. Write up your gourd dish on your blog, remembering to include a link back to this announcement in your post.

2.  E-mail me.  Please make sure that Waiter there's something in my features in the subject line.

3. In the e-mail please include:

  • the URL of your entry
  • your blog's name
  • the name of the dish
  • your approximate location

4.  The deadline for entries is Saturday 1 November and I hope to have the roundup posted later that week.

5.  When the roundup is posted, please also include a link to that in your post.

See you back here on the 1st – and until then, go with gourd :)

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  1. Diane says

    Jeanne–
    You’re so close and yet, so far away! Galena is just about 2 hours from me (here in Cedar Falls, IA)!
    I’m glad you are having a fabulous time, but am missing your blog just the same. Enjoy!
    Diane (6 degrees of PE)

  2. says

    Oh good for you…LIVE IT UP, guilt free!! Gourd…am still looking for a pumkin to make into puree since they don’t spoil us with canning them here. Will hopefully be done by then…Have a great time!!

  3. says

    My parents went to Chicago this year and loved it too. Lucky gal!
    Lovely looking pumpkins, but tell me where the hell is my Kabocha these days. Has he absconded with you?? Last year I tried the Halloween pumpkins, but wasn’t impressed. Too watery, wiry and now starchy enough. Blech. They are pretty to look at though.

  4. says

    Augh!! How did I miss this announcement?! We have had the most wonderful butternut squash ravioli this past month, baked our small Hallowe’en pie pumpkins in preparation for a pie and have a kabocha squash sitting waiting to be baked and tasted. But did I post about any of these?! Did we take photos??? Of course not! And now it’s well past the deadline. Rats!!
    I’m looking forward to the roundup though. I adore squash….
    -Elizabeth

  5. says

    Fall season is approaching and gourds and squash will be in season soon. Let me first say that gourds and squash are healthy and versatile. Even better, gourds and squash are fairly inexpensive and go a long way in a dish. I usually pay $4 for a large butternut squash. So in today’s day of cost-cutting and trying to find ways to eat healthy yet keeping your grocery bill down, squash just seems to make sense.