A Google search for ‘pumpkin quotes’ yields “About 3,660,000 results (0.14 seconds).”
Yes, more than three-and-a-half million results. The world has gone bananas with Halloween fever, and that includes South Africa. Pumpkins are selling for between R70 and R100. I’ve no idea what today’s exchange rate to the US$ us, but – as a Facebook friend rightly commented – “…bloody hell…does it come with white horses and a coachman…?”

The pumpkins are selling out like nobody’s business and the toys shops are doing a roaring trade in expensive costumes; gone are the days of ‘make your own’. On Monday we’ll have brats-with-buckets begging for treats, I am thinking of tricking them with the water-hose instead.
Yes, if there was a Grinch-equivalent for Halloween, I am it and I don’t care who knows it. I’m giving my daughter a butternut I paid 50 cents for, she can have a gemsquash too, they’re only R10 a bag. And as for the begging-brigade, they can have slices of my butternut bread; I dare them to refuse …

I adapted a recipe I found here and omitted the nuts as O Bunn is not a fan of them, I also substituted butternut for the pumpkin:


62 thoughts on “PUMPKIN GRINCH

  1. Looks nice! I never know what to do with pumpkin – we’ve not grown up with the Halloween thing here although it’s getting a little bit more popular now.

    I cake sounds good. I might try that!

  2. Couldn’t agree more about Hallowe’en. Particularly here in France where it has NO part of their culture, is just a commercial opportunity and, worse, they can’t even pronounce it.

  3. your butternut bread looks pretty good to me; I’d certainly tuck into it; Halloween is not that big in Australia — there is some trick and treating but it’s pretty half hearted and not wide spread

  4. Wow, it certainly is a mad, mad world overflowing with pumpkins these days…Halloween’s become too commercialised…but still, I enjoy all the hullabaloo…the house decorating, the costumes, etc.. 😀
    Happy Halloween!

  5. Yep, the world is turning into America. In my local supermarket (the place that is supposed to sell foodstuffs), I can barely find the coffee for all the hallowe’en tat and bloody Christmas decorations. Grinch? Yo bedda believe it! 😦

  6. Depending on the year’s crop, it’s hardcore to score a can of pumpkin puree in the Spring or Summer…I always try to remember to buy extras in case I get an inkling for pumpkin bread off season! And if those pumpkins your way do come with white horses, do I also get the fairy godmother and wishes?!

  7. LOL! 😀 😀 I’m not sure what the pumpkins cost where I am – I’m not into haloween either… G says it’s between 5 & 10$. I’d rather eat it than put it on display and right now the butternut is still available and very good! Squash and butternut is my favorite, but I also like the big one with the smooth white skin and the one with the rough green – just difficult to peel 😦 (On the one hand I want to say, “shame on you 😦 ” for the hose. On the other… it’s funny as hell! Just imagine 😀 )

    At my wedding we used pumpkin as part of a Cinderella theme and the florist did a FANTASTIC job arranging those ones that look like miniatures into the flower arrangements. I didn’t even know there were that many different kinds, shapes and sizes. Don’t ask me what any of it was called. I just know it was beautiful and everyone wanted to take some of it home.

  8. Butternut makes for a good substitute, and I for one would not dare – in fact you couldn’t force me to – refuse a slice of that bread. 🙂

  9. Ha you really do have the Halloween grumpies 🙂 I miss the days of taking my kids trick or treating. We used to go to a particular area that felt safe and nice. So much fun. I have been with my grandson a few times. It’s fun to be a kid, sometimes.

  10. And don’t forget the glass slippers, Cindy! And the fairy godmother.
    I find it difficult to like pumpkins. I have no feeling for pumpkin pie either.
    So that adds my grump to yours!

  11. I’m with you, Cin! Bah Humwitch! The greatest thing our community did was to ask the firemen to put on an apple-dunking fireworks show. Mothers create a haunted house that scares the devil out of kids. Any of us can support those ventures as we see fit. The hordes hit the village more than private homes thankfully. Our rural-ness helps.

    Yet the expensive costumes and decorations go on.

  12. Eeek, gads, that much for a pumpkin?! I adore pumpkin (squash in general)…this time of year one can get it all quite cheap, if for baking, not carving. Your bread looks yum!

  13. I ased to have a really nice pumpkin bread recipe, too – wonder what happened to it? Guess I’ll just try this one…

    I HATE halloween too – and why south africans are celebrating it now, I don’t know. It’s a horrible creepy ‘holiday’.

  14. Halloween kids collecting sweets etc is something new in the last about 10 years. The first time it happened to me was here and that was 9 years ago.

    All very silly commercial stuff mostly.

    That butternut bread looks good.

  15. Cindy, I love pumpkins – a lot – for eating. But when I see them at astronomical prices at the markets for carving, when you can’t even eat the flesh inside, I can’t bring myself to part with my money either. Halloween thankfully isn’t huge here, but I guess I should bake some cookies for tomorrow night just in case.. 🙂

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