Hunger Gap Games 2018: celebrating the pumpkin

Seasonal eating is all about enjoying what’s currently in season, whilst looking forward to what isn’t. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, and variety is the spice of life! Early spring is a leaner time of the year for fresh vegetables – and even leaner for fruit – so it’s even more important to have a good range of ideas and recipes for the more limited range of produce that is available while the spring crops start to grow. We’re looking to you to help us create a bank of recipes using what’s local and seasonal in what’s commonly called the “hunger gap” – and we’d love to reward the creator of the best recipe with a sumptuous dinner for two at one of Hobart’s best restaurants!

For our first Hunger Gap Games, we’re celebrating the pumpkin. Pumpkin is cheap, versatile, and keeps for months without the need for refrigeration. It’s technically a summer/autumn crop, but its storability means it’s extremely valuable during the hunger gap. The pumpkin included in your boxes at the moment comes from Charlie in Cressy – looking for a way to make some money to pay for flying lessons, young Charlie managed to convince his farming parents to let him put in a paddock of pumpkin a couple of years ago, and this year with a bit of collaboration they’ve grown many tonnes of lovely sweet grey pumpkins.

The rules are simple:

  • post a recipe to our Facebook page (or email/message it to us if you prefer)
  • the recipe must feature pumpkin from a BB box
  • the recipe must be clear enough for someone else to cook it without your help
  • a photo must be included – it’s worth making an effort here as it should be tempting for people looking for something to cook!
  • the recipe and/or photo must not be someone else’s intellectual property
  • the recipe and photo must be submitted no later than the last day of September

A shortlist will be decided by Mr & Mrs BB, based on criteria like originality, deliciousness and how well the pumpkin is featured; shortlisted entries will be published on our website and as a special bonus will receive a free Philadelphia Bakers pumpkin loaf as a thankyou.

The winner of the competition will win a free Chef’s Menu for two¬†(drinks not included sorry!) at The Glass House – we proudly supply the Glass House with fresh produce and respect their strong focus on local and seasonal eating. To make things impartial, we’ll hand the judging of the final winner of the Hunger Gap Games 2017 over to executive chef David Ball, who is very excited to be able to support a competition all about seasonal Tasmanian eating!

For a little extra inspiration, David has kindly offered us an Indian-inspired recipe of his own, using a pumpkin we gave him last week!