PUMPKIN GRINCH

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:

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62 Comments Add yours

  1. Leeswammes says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s very good, I am thinking of trying to use it in a bread and butter pudding, should be interesting?

      1. theonlycin says:

        I think so too, Myra 🙂

  2. MissChris says:

    Oooo Ba Humbug?
    🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Summing like that ;p

  3. inzwakazi says:

    Drool worthy bread!

    1. theonlycin says:

      If I didn’t have to go and do ballet-taxi, I would bring you some 🙂

  4. earlybird says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s very commercial here too, I don’t think anyone even knows its origins!

  5. We celebrate Halloween in South Africa?
    Thankfully my veggie man still brings me peeled and cut up pumpkin at R10 a bag for just over a kilo. 😀
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      In Joburg they do Halloween big time, i don’t remember it happening when I lived in Cape Town, Mandy!

  6. I like pumpkin bread. i don’t like breads made with meat. Have you ever had chicken bread? i don’t like it.
    http://thingsthattastelikechicken.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/bread-and-circuses/

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the link, I don’t think I would like it either 🙂

  7. john malone says:

    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

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think it’s more the really little tots who get excited about it here, my daughter doesn’t seem very interested this year.

  8. Tilly Bud says:

    I’m with you on this one. All year we tell our kids not to take sweets from strangers; then one night of the year we send them out to beg for just that…?

  9. Mal says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      We do the candy and costumes, house decorating hasn’t caught on yet 😉

  10. dinahmow says:

    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! 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      You and me both, Dinah!

  11. Tandy says:

    I cannot believe the price! Thankfully, the price madness and the trick and treating craziness has not hit us 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky for you! I have planted some pumpkins myself, can’t wait to see them grow 🙂

  12. The Hook says:

    That bread looks delicious!
    Great pumpkin post!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Great comment, thanks Mr H 🙂

  13. suzicate says:

    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?!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pumpkins freeze well, I’m told. Of course you get to share the wishes 🙂

  14. 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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also love the mini ones, Lee, what a great theme for a wedding!

  15. Ruth says:

    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. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Ruth, the bread got a good rating from the household 🙂

  16. Linda says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it is fun, but when it becomes only a commercial venture it becomes a bit sickening 🙂

  17. johnell74 says:

    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!
    John

    1. theonlycin says:

      I saw a TV show a while back that featured a recipe for pumpkin pie made with marshmallows, John, quite the most revolting thing I’ve ever seen 🙂

  18. adeeyoyo says:

    I have never made pumpkin bread, but I think as a lover of pumpkin fritters I will probably love it too! Thanks Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, adee 🙂

  19. That bread looks fantastic. I’ve not yet mastered cooking with pumpkins. A few days left to try a little pumpkin pie…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Best of luck, Kate, probably better not to tell the children what it is until after they’ve eaten it 😉

  20. souldipper says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And so they do, Amy. The apple-dunking sounds like a fun thing 🙂

  21. slpmartin says:

    Just checked…in US Dollars 70R equals $8.80…not sure why I wanted to know…but you brought the subject up…Oh Great Grinch of Halloween! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pricey, eh, Charlie?

  22. bluebee says:

    Your grumpy-bum tricks will go down a treat

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope the kids have raincoats 😉

  23. libraryscene says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just can’t believe people are actually buying them!

  24. SA Rand to US $: 70 Rand = approx US$8.69; 100 = approx US$12.56

    That’s one hell of an expensive pumpkin! :mrgreen:

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is, Paula, I find it quite shameful when so many are going hungry 😦

  25. dearrosie says:

    How can the kids go trick or treating if its not safe to push a stroller down the streets?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Exactly, Rosie 😦

  26. 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’.

    1. Oh, and that should be ‘used’ – sorry!!

    2. theonlycin says:

      This one worked really well, Fired Up, although my husband found it a bit dry. I may use three eggs next time..

  27. truth or dare is a good wager for u on this one

    1. theonlycin says:

      Got my ammo ready, Doc 😉

  28. SidevieW says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a winner, Sidey 🙂

  29. 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.. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll probably give in and buy some lollipops to give away 😉

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