Would you like some kabocha with your kabocha?

Alternative title: Trying to eat all the kabocha around while it’s in season and working on that pumpkin glow.

Okay, okay, I can’t deny that Fall’s offically taking over with leaves changing, the need to wear scarves again … and – to see the upsides as usual – the most amazing of Fall produce. Let’s celebrate What I ate Wednesday with the best vegetable of the season [and some really good sidekicks]. Thanks for hosting despite having your little one to care for, Jenn!

wiaw fall_Kabocha

Not to bug you too much with them but haven’t been able to get enough of my truffles lately. So if I’m supposed to show you what I’ve been eating the past week I have to include them. Sorry. Pre-breakfast chocolate? Can’t say I didn’t like it.


Truffles aside, though, I’ve been having a lot of fun finally not only saving recipes to PinterestΒ  countless documents on my laptop but actually making them. And as you might guess from the post title there has been a lot of kabocha.

It's all about finding the perfect one  - and this one didn't disappoint.

It’s all about finding the perfect one – and this one didn’t disappoint.

First off was the Banana Kabocha Stew from my link post on Sunday.Β  Playing around with the recipe as usual I subbed my favourite legume for the black beans. Because I had a can to use up and to make up for last week’s chickpea-less WIAW – sorry I forgot to celebrate the birth of your little chickpea in style, Jenn! The pictures don’t do Carolyn’s delicious recipe any justice. If you had a look at the recipe you’ll notice that, yes, there’s something missing. I decided to do you a favour and take the picture before adding the cocoa – don’t leave it out. So back to the pot it was after the quick photoshoot because if the dish was great before the cocoa powder took it to the next level. Rich, flavourful and satisfying.

Kabocha Banana Stew

Keeping up with my goal of trying new recipes I opted against a repeat the next day [which actually happened to be yesterday] and spontaneously decided to have these Kabocha Squash Rancheros I’d been eyeing for a while. Or better yet: a modified version suiting the ingredients I had on hand and fulfilling my “I’m ready to chew my arm off” need. That’s why I steamed the kabocha [I know – roasting would have been ten times more flavourful and I’ll keep it in mind for non-hangry days] and used kidney beans instead of black ones once again. To be fair, though, black beans aren’t as readily available around here so I didn’t have any more on hand after my truffle-making.

Kabocha Rancheros

Inspired by this girl I also bought the first figs in a long time. Previously I couldn’t warm up to this fruit considering it – sorry! – watery, tasteless and a waste of money. However, while there might be some bad ones it’s really about how you prepare them. And Amy’s idea of using them as a pizza topping was absolutely amazing. Neither eating eggs nor having almond flour on hand I used my go-to pizza recipe changing up the toppings.

Fig Pizza

To end on a sweet note here’s my second batch of Jenn’s Banana Bread. Once more my pictures can’t hold a candle to hers but I’ll just repeat my mantra: it’s the taste that counts in then end – and that got a thumbs up once again.

Banana Bread

Happy Wednesday!

Happiness inducing today: The best run in a while after listening to my intuition and taking several rest days in a row.

Which were some of the last blogger-inspired recipes or foods you tried?

Are you good at sticking with recipe or put your own spin on them? However good my intentions might be: I can’t help but play around with just about every recipe I try.

Fellow kabocha fans: How do you pick the best kabocha at the store?Β  Any advice on what to look for? I’ve found there to be immense differences in taste and consistency – it’s a bummer whenever I get a ‘bad’ one.

37 thoughts on “Would you like some kabocha with your kabocha?

  1. janet @ the taste space says:

    Your version is so pretty. Steaming definitely makes kabocha a vibrant orange. πŸ™‚ I haven’t had winter squash in months and can’t wait for it to arrive. Not sure how to tell which one is best… just not a light one.. and don’t let it sit on your counter for months. πŸ˜‰

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Aw, thanks, Janet. Fingers crossed you’ll be able to find kabocha again soon, too.
      And agreed: light ones are usually disappointing. Letting them sit around for long is never an issue for me ;).

  2. Eating 4 Balance says:

    Haha. Great title. Great food choice.

    Banana Kobacha stew? Fig Pizza? Banana bread? This post is just full of deliciousness πŸ™‚

    I’m really bad at following through at actually make recipes from other blogs. I kind of just like coming up with my own things. I’m not sure that I’ve ever made a recipe completely by the book!

    No tips for finding a good Kabocha. I’ve read some tips before but they never actually panned out so that would just be spreading wives tales πŸ˜‰

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Looking back at my recent meals it really seemed like eating kabocha, some kabocha and … kabocha ;). Actually, though, there’s been plenty of other food, too – only not a lot that made it into pictures.

      I’d still be curious to hear some of those kabocha-finding wives tales – and if it’s just for the laughs ;).

  3. Arman @ thebigmansworld says:

    Gutten morgen! Hi 5 for making Amy’s pizza- how good is it! Looks like your doing a great job changing things up, and I will without a doubt be mixing avocado and cocoa powder sometime this week- you guys are all tempting me like there’s no tomorrow! I usually stick to a recipe the first time, then once I get the hang of it, I would put a spin/add something!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Guten Abend [because that’s what it should be over there by now?!].
      Sigh, you’re such a good guy trying the recipe the way it’s intended to be made before getting creative with it. I keep telling myself I’ll do it but … to no avail.

  4. Shreya @ rushofendorphins says:

    Everything looks so good! But I still have bad memories of kabocha from my ED days… Can’t stomach much of that anymore 😦

    And love, did you get my email?

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      I hear you on the bad food memories from ED days. There are some foods I haven’t eaten in ages because I can’t seem to push those negative memories aside. Too bad it’s kabocha for you :(.
      And I just replied :).

  5. nathalia says:

    God I need to make all of this.. And this post is truly great. I feel the same about a lot of food, it’s annoying but I hope that it will go away one day. Recovery takes time. Truly love your blog, have read for a while but first time I give myself time to comment xx

  6. liftsleepeat says:

    ooh yum i’ve never actually used kabocha in a “proper” meal before – the first recipe looks amazingggg! I’ve got 2 kabochas just sitting on the counter in my house tomorrow ready to roast up so I think I may have to use some of them to make it πŸ™‚ – i’m hoping they’re going to be good; i agree it’s awful when you get a dud!

  7. Davida @ The Healthy Maven says:

    Amy (The little honey bee) and I went on a kabocha hunt on Saturday. We finally (after months of searching) found them at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. It was love at first bite….didn’t sit great in my tummy though so next time no skin for me but I’m also thinking your kabocha rancheros should probably happen!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Aw, I’m sorry to hear kabocha isn’t loving you back :(. But I’m sure the rancheros woud be lovely without skin, too. Or just sub butternut – that’s what the original recipe (via The PPK) called for actually.
      Ah, I’m just a little jealous of you and Amy meeting up. Why is everybody living that far away?

  8. Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia says:

    i’ve never had kabocha…i know, i know…but i can never find it anywhere. i’m on a mission this year lol. on another note, i am in love with the look of that fig pizza..something else i’ve never tried. i love figs and bet they’re terrific on a pizza like this :))

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Don’t worry about not having tried kabocha yet – it’s not like some kind of unforgivable blogger sin :D. Though I wish everybody was able to find it because it’s so.incredibly.amazing. Fingers crossed for you.

  9. Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness says:

    Oh wow that banana kabocha stew looks AMAZING! im going to have to make that in the very near future. im a big fan of following recipes to a T. i tend to mess them up when i add my own spin, although i hope to get better at that one day πŸ™‚ all your photos are so great, btw!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      The stew was so much better than it looks – especially after adding the cocoa.
      When baking I’m afraid of veering too much from the recipe, too. But when cooking I just can’t help playing around and subbing ingredients.
      Thanks for the compliment! I’m still learning in terms of photography so it’s nice to hear you like the pictures.

  10. Cat says:

    Oh boy do I love all of these eats! I’m not great at sticking to recipes but I have recently been more dedicated – some sweet potato brownies from Madeleine Shaw’s blog were a hit! I may have to try following that truffle recipe of yours – I’ve never seen a recipe with those dried bananas but I love them on their own so I have extra reason to buy them now!

    No tips on kabocha buying, I’m always just happy to see one or two left in the supermarket! All I ever hear is the heavier the better… so I go for the weightiest one and get the bugger home!

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