Archive for October, 2009

Pumpkin seeds

These are a pleasant byproduct of carving the jack o’lanterns that appear throughout Azeroth during the Hallow’s End festival. The farms in the south of Elwynn Forest provide the majority of the pumpkins used for the lanterns, and one farm in particular, run by the Stonefield family, is known both for the size of their pumpkins and the quality of their roasted seeds.

This snack takes a little less than an hour and a half to make, all told; most of that is the roasting.


  • The seeds from one medium pumpkin
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbsp salt

You can substitute twice as much of any whole spice – remove the cloves from their stems – and reduce them with a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Extract the seeds from the pumpkin, and remove them from their strands. Discard as much of the pulp and meat of the pumpkin as you can.
  3. Place the seeds in a fine collander and wash thoroughly, removing the remaining pulp.
  4. Dry the seeds lightly with a cloth or paper towel, and spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle the spices and half of the salt over the seeds.
  6. Place the seeds in the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  7. When the seeds are roasted, sprinkle the remaining salt over the seeds. Serve while warm!
A Warm Hug on a Cold Day!

A Warm Hug on a Cold Day!

After getting caught in a snowstorm in Howling Fjord, I was grateful to stumble across the local Taunka camp. These wonderful people served me some of the best soup I had ever tasted – they called it Winterhoof Squash Soup. It’s delicious, easy to make, and very good for you! Here’s the recipe they shared with me. :)


  • 1 small butternut squash, halved, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (dried thyme also works, just in case)
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 5 cups chicken stock, warmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Italian flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
  • Crème fraîche, for garnish

1. Brush each squash half with 1/2 tablespoon EVOO, 1 tablespoon thyme, and some salt. Roast flesh side up at 350 degrees F until tender and colored, for about 50 minutes. Cool just enough to remove flesh from skin.

2. In a saucepan over very low heat, sauté shallots in EVOO until shallots are translucent. Add 2 teaspoons of curry to bloom.

3. Add squash and 4 1/2 cups stock. Bring to boil.

4. Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Add remaining stock to thin if desired. OR – you wait until the soup cools, then transfer the soup to a normal countertop blender. Make sure to blend very thouroughly!

5. Add remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set to rest over very low heat. PROTIP: I found that adding about 3-4 tablespoons of cream during the ‘resting phase’ adds a wonderful bit of creaminess to the soup.  Garnish with Italian flat-leaf parsley and a dollop of crème fraîche.

This soup is a slightly modified version of a soup found on Discovery Health.