Help! I bought a small pumpkin (the baking kind, not the Jack O’Lantern kind) on a whim yesterday. First of all, what is the best way to deal with it? Do I try to peel it or just hack it open? Do I cut the flesh away from the peel? How can I use the slimy seeds? Are they edible as is or do I have to scrub off the slimy stuff and dehydrate the seeds to make crunchy pumpkin seeds? Can you eat those hulls or do they have to be discarded?
My second question is what to do with the flesh. I’m not a dessert eater, so pumpkin pies, puddings, mousses, ice creams, etc, are out. I can make a soup, sure, but I’m wondering about other savoury concepts for pumpkin flesh. Would the flesh be too crunchy eaten as it is, or do I need to soak or dehydrate it a bit to soften for eating. I’ve never been a pumpkin lover, but I think it’s mostly due to the pumpkin pie spices and ultra sweetness of traditional preparations. I’m more into the idea of Indian or other asian spicing. Does anyone have any suggestions, preferably without coconut products, which I find hard to digest? What sauce could I use if I spiralized the pumpkin into noodles?