I often use spices, sauces or other condiments add to the dish to increase its flavour or texture in cooking. Hence, very often, I've also inevitably tend to forget the natural goodness or sweetness of the products as well. While I like to savour some 'gourmet cooking' at home, at times, I can be a very "down to earth" person in some of my cooking too.
Pumpkin is relatively cheap and available all year round here.
According to some health information:
Pumpkin is chock full of nutrients. Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron.
I've turned pumpkin into some 'gourmet cooking' at home, sharing a few :
Curried pumpkin and apple
Pumpkin and Baby Spring mix Salad
Seared Scallops with Pumpkin Soup
Crispy Bacon-wrapped Pumpkin
And a little innovative ... had some fun in creating a French - Nyonya dessert Pumpkin Crepes Dadar.
But here's a very simple pumpkin rice that I have learned to appreciate its awesome goodness ... perhaps a very simple comfort food that had been enjoyed very much by our great grandparents way back then. Simply to add slices of pumpkins into the rice cooker and cook together with the rice. No salt, sugar, sesame oil, ground pepper or any spices etc. is added.
|A bowl of pumpkin rice with a plate of stir-fry lettuce|
1 cup of *rice with water per cooking in a rice cooker.
Place some pumpkin - deseeded, peeled and cut into fairly thick slices/chunks.
*I'm using Thai rice blend - mixture of fragrant rice and red & brown unpolished rice.
Simplicity ... down to earth ... a bowl of warm fluffy rice with natural sweetness of pumpkin !
Indeed, for the event Little Thumbs Up - Theme Pumpkin, it has created such a 'huge pumpkin wave' and flooded with more than 500 fabulous yummy-licious recipes sharing by food bloggers. I'm really glad that I could pick up so many new recipes and had enjoyed the 'cook-along' & 'bake-along' with them too.
This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (Oct 2014 Event: PUMPKIN)
hosted by Eileen (Eileen's Diary).
And I'm submitting this post link to "My Treasured Recipes #3 - Taste of Autumn (Oct/Nov 2014)"
& co-hosted by Charmaine of Mimi Bakery House.