WanderFood Wednesday: 5 Pumpkin Dishes from Around the World

by Samantha Scott
( September 30th, 2014 )

Pumpkin Varieties

It’s October 1st and as far as I’m concerned October is unofficial Pumpkin Month (unless it’s actually official…that would be awesome!). Well, official or unofficial, here are 5 pumpkin dishes from around the world to kick off October and Autumn!

Poland: Pumpkin Soup with Dumplings

This smooth creamy soup celebrates the flavor of the pumpkin and tries not to overpower it with too many other ingredients. The addition of potato dumplings into the soup give this particular version a classic Eastern European taste.

The Philippines: Ginataan Kalabasa

This delicious looking dish has pumpkin simmered in coconut milk and served over rice and often with a protein such as shrimp added. Coconut just sounds heavenly paired with pumpkin doesn’t it?!

Afghanistan: Kadu

I saw this described a few different ways around the inter webs (as well as spelled…can anyone confirm if the proper spelling is Kadu or Kadoo or Kaddo?). The main similarity in the preparation seems to be sautéed pumpkin served with garlic yogurt. Mmm!

Afghan Pumpkin Dish

Japan: Kabocha Cake

Kabocha is a Japanese squash variety, similar to pumpkin, with a sweeter flavor. This cake is moist, rich and dense; the perfect dessert for a nice fall day!

5. Spain: Bunuelos De Calabaza

Pumpkin doughnuts with chocolate sauce. Need I say more? With a similar preparation to churros these treats are often enjoyed in Spain for breakfast.

What are some of your favorite pumpkin dishes from around the world?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

Photo Credits
Autumn Pumpkins: m.prinke via Flickr
Kadu: Joy via Flickr

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WanderFood Wednesday: Favorite Fall Foods

by Samantha Scott
( September 23rd, 2014 )

Last weekend was the official end to summer and beginning of my favorite season, Autumn.

There’s something about that nip in the air that just fills me with joy, and it’s a season that involves some of my absolute favorite foods and dishes, so this will be a great time for WanderFood!

A few fall foods I’m excited about are:

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is something we’ve done in my family for years. It’s a great way to teach kids about not being wasteful, and it’s delicious to boot! Whenever we got pumpkins for carving we’d save the pumpkin seeds and toast them. They make a wonderful, healthy fall snack!

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Apple pie is the queen of all fall desserts. I realize it should probably go at the end of this list, but you know what? “Life is short, eat dessert first” is a standard mantra of mine. My mom has always made a spectacular apple pie and it’s just such a quintessential way to usher in the season. Next rainy day I’m headed to the store for some Granny Smith’s!

Roast Anything* with Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables

Nothing better than a classic roast in the oven for the fall and winter months. And my midwestern side comes out in my love for root vegetables, especially carrots, turnips and potatoes. It is my mission this season to learn to like beets. They are easily my least favorite vegetable so it will be an interesting adventure. As for the meat element? Chicken, Lamb, Pork, Beef – I’m not picky. Anything that fills the kitchen with those homey “meat-n-potatoes” smells!

Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Forget any preconceived notions you may have about Brussels Sprouts. There are so many delicious ways to cook them, and one of my favorites is in the oven with garlic and olive oil. They are a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and their bright color often adds some much needed green to the autumn colors on the table.

I’ll be posting recipes for all these and other delicious fall things throughout the season! What are some of your favorite fall foods that you think I should highlight this season?

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

Photo Credits

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: Beck via Flickr

Apple Pie: Whitney via Flickr

Root Veggies: Gloria Cabada-Leman via Flickr

Brussels Sprouts: Stacy via Flickr


WanderFood Wednesday: TBEX Cancun Recap!

by Samantha Scott
( September 16th, 2014 )

Dancers at Xcarat

So last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend TBEX, a travel blogging conference, held this year in Cancun, Mexico. Here is my TBEX Cancun Recap!

What a spectacular couple of days, meeting some wonderful people and fellow bloggers, and even some fellow WanderBloggers: shout out to TrailBound and Luxury Nomad!

Expedia Party at TBEX

The conference features a packed schedule of talks and networking sessions and was centered at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. As such, meals were not exactly the focal point. I didn’t get a real sense of Mexico through the food I encountered, both at the resort and at various TBEX events, but I’m not sure I’d expect to. All inclusive resorts, in my view, tend to cater to a certain type of traveler, one that is maybe slightly less adventurous. The resort featured three restaurants in the section I stayed in, one Japanese, one Mexican and one Italian.

I ate at the Mexican restaurant, which was a buffet set-up, twice and was heavily underwhelmed. Being that I was visiting Cancun for much other than the food, I was fine with this, but disappointed at not having enough time to explore true Mexican cuisine beyond the resort walls.

Naturally Flavored Water at Xcarat

However one meal that stands out was from the opening night party at Xcarat. This extensive park features a popular performance in the evenings that is basically a history of Mexico through dance, costume and dramatization. It was a vibrant, colorful and impressive show, but what made it even more special was the “dinner theater” set up we had the opportunity to experience.

Xcarat Dinner Show

The food was surprisingly good, featuring an opening course of small plates, followed by a soup, then chicken and after that a lovely dessert. Highly recommended if you ever go!

First Course Xcarat Dinner Show

My experience at TBEX was incredible, I’m already looking forward to next year!

Were you at TBEX Cancun? Say hello!

Eat Well, Travel Well ~ Samantha

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