Spiced Pumpkin & Freekeh Salad Recipe

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I am loving my new kitchen. I am very inspired to create some new recipes and after my first attempt at making a dish and photographing it in my new space. I have never been happier. Honestly the lighting is fantastic and for food photography it makes my life so much easier.

With some friends popping around to help us celebrate our new place I put our kitchen to the test and cook up a feast. I have been dreaming about making a salad with pumpkin in it as we were given it from our old neighbours at the farm and I was yet to use it. It needed to be made into something really special. After four days I decided that the salad was to be a warm one with freekeh and a yoghurt dressing.

After the move one of our new goals with living in town is to shop only when we need food, as we have two supermarkets less than five minutes away. This is very different from our farm living, now we are embracing more of a European style of living that involves walking or riding our bike to get food or go places. I have many things I want to cull from our cupboard that just need to be used up and I am slowly making a dent in it. My goal is to have an empty pantry and fridge only stocking what I need for two or three days at the most. We will see how this new way of living goes.

Back to the salad and friends. I love cooking for people and we caught up with some old friends of ours who have also made the tree change from the city. Enjoying good company and great food is something that I hope to have more of living in our new place. We know more people down here and I am sure I will make some new friends along the way.

What do you think about our way of living? Do you think you could live meal by meal?

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Spiced Pumpkin & Freekeh Salad Recipe
 
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ jap pumpkin, cut into wedges and seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • olive oil
  • ¾ cup freekeh
  • 2½ cups water
Yoghurt Dressing
  • 150g Natural yoghurt
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • sprig of mint, plucked and finely diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • lettuce
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200'c and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Lay the wedges of jap pumpkin out in a single layer on the baking tray. In a small bowl mix the thyme, sumac and sesame seeds together and stir to combine. Drizzle the pumpkin with a little olive oil and cover with the spice mix. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until soft.
  3. In the mean time prepare the freekeh by placing it into a saucepan and cover it with the water. Bring it to the boil then reduce it to a simmer and cover with a lid for ten minutes stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and allow the freekeh to absorb the rest of the water. It should take a further 10 - 15 minutes.
  4. To make the yoghurt dressing combine the yoghurt, sumac, coriander, olive oil and lemon juice in a small ball. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. To assemble the salad lay out some lettuce leaves on a large plate. Top with the freekeh and then arrange the pumpkin wedges on top. Drizzle over the yoghurt dressing and serve.

Spiced Pumpkin & Freekeh Salad Recipe

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14 Comments

  1. Your salad looks so yummy! I’m so happy that you love your new kitchen. I look forward to hearing how to go with your new grocery/shopping system goes. I try to just shop once a fortnight and find it reasonably cost efficient.

    • We use to shop fortnightly too then it became weekly. Now with a shop one minute away and plenty of local produce close by I am hoping to reduce the amount of food we use as well as stockpile. I do believe in hording flour for emergency baking though. Will keep you posted of how it all goes.

  2. It is funny that when I was living in Asia that it was quite normal to shop at every meal, even in Europe we found this to be no problem but back in Oz it just doesn’t seem feasible. I’m not sure if it the lack of daily markets, the inconvenience of the logistical nightmare the supermarket is or the price.
    Yummy recipe by the way!

  3. Roast pumpkin would have to be one of my favourite things ever! And I’m always looking for new ways to use freekah. This just sounds so good – especially with the yoghurt dressing. Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! Have a great weekend xx

  4. What a beautiful looking dish! And full of great flavours

  5. I LOVE anything with yogurt! So these look so delicious to me! This looks very classy, and I will definitely be trying it soon! Have a great day! 😀

  6. I don’t live meal by meal… or I’d buy the supermarket each visit! The lighting= fantastic! I love the photos… So glad your move is going well and this looks completely delicious! Perfect for this weather 🙂

    • Thanks Kirsten. Shopping only when we need is going well so far. However I stick to my list of ingredients I need for that meal and that alone. No wondering the isles aimlessly

  7. Your salad looks fabulous! I love the idea of using up what’s in the pantry – I’m guessing I’ve got things in mine that should have been used long ago. I look forward to seeing how you go!