I am a detail-focused thinker. There are times when it would be appropriate to say that I don't see the wood for the trees, and I am terrible at puzzles that require you to see one thing in two different ways.
This trait can be useful sometimes, and it can be a bit unhelpful at other times. As I confessed to Mr Bite this week, I only recently realised that the Tudor, Elizabethan, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods in British history actually lined up with the names of the ruling Kings and Queens of the same time periods. I had thought of the different periods as being characterised by distinctive styles of architecture and art, with it pure coincidence that the titles overlapped with royal names (which, after all, do repeat themselves frequently). Now I've made the connection, it is glaringly obvious where the names came from, and I'm embarrased it took me so long to work it out. That is generally the way - once you have spotted the woods, it seems incredible you didn't put the trees together beforehand to see the bigger picture.
What does this all have today with today's post? Well, until last week, it never occurred to me to make pumpkin chips / fries. Potato and sweet potato - of course. Celeriac, carrot, parsnip and even turnip - sure. But pumpkin? Never occurred to me.
After it did occur to me, I had to try the idea out. And, of course, the resulting fries were so wonderful that I don't know why I didn't think of them earlier.
I am using the term 'fries' over 'chips' because these really are like American fries - narrow, shoe-string cut chips that are a perfect mix of crispy and soft. They are simply seasoned with apple cider vinegar and a dash of salt, and are entirely delightful. You don't really need a recipe, but I'm jotting what I did below. Feel free to change it up, add or remove seasonings, and make these your own.
Apple cider pumpkin fries
Easy, delicious and customisable to taste.
Vegan and low fat.
Makes enough for 2 to share.
Preheat your oven to very hot (200'C) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Take a medium butternut pumpkin, peel it and remove the seeds, and cut the flesh into thin pieces.
Lay the pumpkin pieces on your baking tray and brush with apple cider vinegar (I used about 1 tbsp). Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until cooked and starting to look crispy.
I'm sending these fries to Healthy Vegan Friday #56 and Ricki's Wellness Weekend 15th to 19th August 2013.
Does anyone else have experiences like I do, where you make a connection long after everyone else and can't believe you didn't see it earlier?
And what about pumpkin fries - are they something you've tried?