Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pumpkin Time!

In honor of Monday's Fall Equinox, also known as Mabon, I ate a crap load of pumpkin. I began the day with this yummy Pumpkin Sausage from Have Cake, Will Travel:

Dude, check out my cool raven plates from Target's Halloween collection?!

I first saw the sausage on Celine's blog a few weeks ago and made a mental note that I MUST try it soon. All I can say, is, um, WOW! I hear it's a little like the famous Seitan O' Greatness recipe that floating around the vegan blogsphere. But I've never made that, so I don't know. To me, it tasted (and felt like) a cross between Julie Hasson's sausages and a Tofurkey. In fact, I may even make this in place a Tofurkey this year for Thanksgiving ... maybe.

For breakfast, I sliced the sausage log, pan-fried it, and served it with doused in maple syrup alongside some of my Cinnamon Pecan Waffles (the recipe is going in my cookbook):

For dinner last night, I chopped up some more sausage to make the Punk-Kin Pasta from La Dolce Vegan:

This is definitely my very favorite recipe from Sarah Kramer's third book. I only allow myself to make it in the fall and winter though ... pumpkin season and never a day earlier. Basically, it's canned pumpkin, pumpkin sausage (but you can use Gimme Lean or even veggie burger), whole wheat rotini, garlic (which I used in place of onions because I was out of onions), veggie broth, salt, and pepper. Super simple, super tasty. Oh, and I topped it with shredded Teese before eating it.

Now if only I could get as excited about packing as I am about pumpkin...

20 comments:

Celine said...

ooh thanks for suggesting the punk-kin pasta thing, I'll try it soon.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Love your plate! Target has so many cool Halloween toys. Any your breakfast looks yummy.

River said...

Cool plate! The pumpkin sausage looks perfect, I've been wanting to make one of Celine's fauxages ever since I saw them.

Breedale said...

Great pumpkin options! I LOVE pumpkin anything and am jumping for joy that the official season is here. Great job as always. Good luck with packing, it sucks. Take it slowly and eat lots of yummy goodies and you'll get through it. When you need a break we are all here rooting you on!

VeggieGirl said...

HELL YES FOR PUMPKIN!!! :0)

Gorgeous Target plate!!


Good luck packing, Bianca!! Hang in there!!

Shenandoah Vegan said...

I am planning to make pumpkin pasta soon too. Looks so delicious!

shelby said...

I was just going to make that Punk-kin Pasta the other day!! It looks delicious and now I'm not afraid to try it hehe.


Mmm and that sausage, I have been dying to make my own and since I have a couple cans of pumpkin...

shellyfish said...

I've been dying to make that sausage...and those waffles...super yum!

jennycestcake said...

Cinnamon Pecan Waffles and Pumpkin Sausage is a breakfast I could really get behind! Yum!

shelby said...

p.s.
Do you think the Punk-kin Pasta recipe would be good over rice?

Lauren said...

so much pumpkin! haha i love it though..it all looks so good!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Damn! I need to get my hands on a pumpkin & get to work!

jessy said...

ooooooooo! pumpkin deliciousness! HOORAY! i love it all, Bianca! the pasta and the seitan = mmmmmmmm! and your waffles - oh my goodness - i'm in love! they sound super stellar!

i really love the dish that you've got the pasta - it's just too damn cute! ;)

i think i'm one of the few that gets all excitedface about packing. but that's probably just because i'm ocd or something. it's just not normal, you know?! maybe you should treat youself to something fun for your new place as a reward for having to pack again. that would be fun! :D

howunremarkable said...

Wow, those look amazing...

I will definitely have to get into pumpkins this year.

Cynthia said...

Oooh, I love pumpkin in stuff. I've got to make that sausage!

VeganCowGirl said...

bianca!!!! I love love love the look of that big pumpkin sausage! Amazing stuff. And that pasta??? Oh my! I never would have thought of that. I haven't had a go at S.Ks third bookie...but you just made me want to.

Great stuff. Thanks much!

Vegan_Noodle said...

So glad it's pumpkin season again!! And a perfect reminder to make Celine's sausage... and thanks for the pasta suggestion!!

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

OMG pumpkin!! My fave!!
Everything looks AMAZING. Yum yum yum!!

Avery Yale Kamila said...

Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors! Thanks for all the great ideas.

Katy said...

Ooh, I love pumpkin! I haven't tried that pumpkin pasta, so thanks for the review!
The sausage looks fabulous!