Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Graham's Favourite Evening Snack - Roasted Chilli Pumpkin Seeds

"It's 8pm and I fancy something to nibble on.... Mmmmmm, what shall I have?"

How many times do you have that munchie feeling during the evening? For me, it is almost every evening...lol! Tonight being no exception. One of my favourite snacks is Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Roasted Chilli Pumpkin Seeds

The recipe for this is quite simple, so I will not send you to sleep with countless photographs. All you need is some Olive Oil, salt and a bag of Pumpkin Seeds. I like a bit of a kick to pumpkin seeds, so I have substituted Olive Oil with Chilli Oil and I also use some chilli flakes. Both of these items are optional.

The first step it to cover a baking tray with foil. Then spread the pumpkin seeds over the foil base. Lightly drizzle some olive oil (chilli oil) over the seeds, then season with salt (and chilli flakes if desired). The final stage before cooking is to move the seeds around the baking tray so that they get covered with the oil and seasoning.

Roasted Chilli Pumpkin Seeds 01

Pre-heat your oven to a medium/high heat and then place the baking tray into the middle of the oven.

After 10 minutes, take a look at the seeds. They should be turning a golden brown colour. Give them a stir with a spatula (be careful, they are exceedingly hot!). If they are still quite green, then leave them a couple more minutes.

Roasted Chilli Pumpkin Seeds 02

Once they have turned a golden brown, remove them from the oven and pour them onto several sheets of kitchen paper to soak up the oil. You may need to repeat this process several times to remove the excess oil.

Pour the seeds into a serving bowl. Finally , lightly sprinkle a few grains of rock salt over the top.

Roasted Chilli Pumpkin Seeds

So that is my favourite munchie, when sitting in front of the TV enjoying a good film.

Do you have a favourite munchie? If you do, I'd love to hear what it is! So please leave a comment and be sure to include instructions on how to make it. Even better, write a post on your blog and leave a comment here with a link!!!!!

Cheerio for now!

Graham Ettridge


DANIELA said...

Hey!!! yeahhhh!! You are not in my top 3, because as you know you are much better than them! LOL..

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I love roasted pumpkin seeds, great snack!
I usually reach for something that I don't have to 'make'.....like cheeze-its!

Yummi post :o)

Unknown said...

Hey Daniela :) Thanks friend ;)

Jessica, ahhh another member of the pumpkin seed fan club...lol! I love cheeze-its too! I have much more of a savoury tooth than a sweet tooth...lol!

Heather Dugan Creative / Footsteps said...

So glad to have found your site! You've mastered some eye-catching technical niceties that make it a pleasure to browse through.

As a woman who carries both crushed red pepper and tabasco in her purse (not much else, but gotta have those), I'm getting a major craving just looking at those pumpkin seed photos.

The water photo is elegant! I tend to "capture" more than create...

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin seeds aren't a favourite of mine by any means lol. Just do not like the taste of them.

However, I do tend to get the munchies most nights. If I can be bothered, I might make Poached eggs on toast, just something light and easy. Other nights I'll either reach for the bag of Grapes that are ALWAYS in my fridge, or if I fancy something different, I also love Salted Cashew nuts :D

I'm more of a savoury person than a sweet person, but cheesecake is my undoing. If and when I'm lucky enough to have that in my fridge, nothing else even gets a look in LOL!

Anonymous said...

I need something CRUNCHY to eat right now....

Kelly Ann said...

Whoo hoo pumpkin seeds are so yummy. Although I've never tried them with chilli powder, or even oil for that matter. I just simply salt mine lightly and toss 'em in the oven. I'll be sure to remember this recipe once a pumpkin comes my way again. :)

Unknown said...

Footseps :) I am like you, I tend to capture rather than create. I'm just trying my hand at a lil creativity whilst the weather is bad. I can't wait to get out into the wilderness again and start snapping away :) Thanks for stopping by :)

Dawn, I LOVE poached egg on toast Mmmmmmm, with a very soft egg... oooh. Duck eggs are my fav! and cheesecake? You naughty girl...loL!

Meleah, help yourself to my nuts...lol! (oops, I think that sounded wrong...lol!)

Unknown said...

Hey chica, you must try it with chilli.... (use chilli flakes instead of powder if you can). I have never tried them just roasted... I'll give it a go.

Unknown said...

Wow thanks for sharing this recipe.I have some pumpkin seeds but it's just sitting in my cupboard.I will definitely try this one.

Choc Mint Girl said...

I never tried pumpkin seeds. Can you imagine that I'm actually drooling right now?! Ha ha! I think it's because they looked so goldy browny that I feel like to munch them all!! :D

Anonymous said...

I have never seen anyone make roasted pumpkin seeds look so absolutely mouth watering. My word, they looked good. You don't happen to have any left do you?? :) :) I too love them. I garden so I sometimes save the seeds and roast them if I have time. Will have to try the chili, especially here in the southwest, USA where chili peppers hang from every front door.

I was trying to think of other snakes I like.

* Apple slices with crunchy peanut butter on it. (the REAL kind of peanut butter)

* Celery with peanut butter and raisins on it.

* I also make a tangy spicy tofu dip that ANYONE will eat....even die hard "tofu haters" beg for the recipe...but I'm probably going to market that one...so it's a secret :) until it's marketed. If I decide not to market I shall shout it from the roof tops. :)

I know there are other things but they just won't pop in my head right now.

Anyway, also wanted to tell you that I've so enjoyed your site and your profound and thoughtful comments in the discussion the other day. They were very refreshing. Thank you for that. It made my day. And boy, could I relate about being in nature.

Anonymous said...

What a great recipe. Here in Sunflower seeds are the big thing, I might try cooking them the same way and see how they turn out.

Michelle Hix said...

Hi Graham

I absolutely love roasted pumpkin seeds and they just aren't the same if you buy them. I've never tried the chili oil but also love the "kick" so I will give that a try. I crave this kind of stuff late at night when watching movies while my husband craves ice cream.

Cocaine Princess said...

My sweet honey Graham,
I love roasted pumpkin seeds too. My favorite munchie that I have maybe once in a blue moon, a Flake chocolate, a cinnabon and a Coke classic- a weird combination I know but it's so delicious!

Cocaine Princess

Anne Coleman said...

I adore pumpkin seeds and this recipe looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Never heard of it before, sounds interesting and looks really tasty! Then, we're not much fore eating pumpkins at all here in Sweden. I really don't know why. It's just haven't been in our traditions.

My snacks is ordinary olives, green or black, which is not particular Swedish either :-)

AZZITIZZ said...

Cough, cough, Arrrrgggghhhhhh!!!

Like Marmite, you either love or hate it, I hate both. Yuk.

Sorry missed your April photo challenge, been off line a bit more often than I wanted.

Hoping things get on a better keel from now on.

Hope you had a great Bank Holiday Weekend and did loads of stuff that I wouldn't do!


Anonymous said...

I need a "Graham" Update!

Rach said...

Hi there, you had left a comment for me WAY back when, and I wanted to say thanks, the pumpkin seeds look awesome too. Your blog rocks :o)

Elise said...

That looks so good! I'll give it a go.

One of my favourite munchies is chocolate cornflakes. I know it sounds childish but I love it.


Anonymous said...

Just came back for another look at those pumpkin seeds. Still drooling. Couldn't you at least market them so we could all buy some??? LOL

I can see the slogan now: Eat right - Eat Ettridge! Okay, okay...I know tacky and that. But it does have a certain ring to it.

I'll be back latter when you've changed the picture and I don't have to be tortured anymore. :) :)

But then if you change the post I'll miss the pumpkin seeds. So it's a tough decision...to drool or not to drool. LOL :) :) :)

Catch ya later.
Robin :)

PS Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Ooooh wait, forgot to tell you. Go read my latest post. I think you will like it. It's titled: WOMAN SNAKE DEATH = LIFE
http://nakedineden.com/nakedinedenblog/ Then scroll to the BOTTOM of the page and look. :)

Unknown said...

pinay jade, mmmmm you must try this recipe... it is sooo yummy. However, be warned that once you try them, you'll become an addict...lol!

Crystal, they are so gnawish.... you should try one ;)

Hey Robin, thank you so much for your kind comments. I found your adventures and words truly inspirational and interesting too. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting you :)

Jess, that's an interesting thought. I have never tried them with sunflower seeds. I'll give that a try too :) Thanks!

Hey Michelle, mmmmmm I do like Ice cream too!!! But as I have a savory tooth, the pumpkin seeds will always come first...lol

Unknown said...

CP, I sooo love flake chocolate.... so crumbly and sooo sentious!!!! thanks for your comments xx

Hey Anna, oooh you must try them! Thanks for stopping by :)

Lifecruiser.... Mmmmmmmm I love olives. I can eat them by the tub full.....Mmmmmmmm Yummy!!!!

Hey Azzy!!! Welcome back!!!! and thanks for your comment! By the way Marmite gets a big thumbs up from me!!!!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Meleah!!! I'm back (I hope..lol!) :D xxoo

Hey Rach, thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment! I hope you are well and having fun :)

Elise. My goodness a fellow chocolate cornflakes lover... we call them crackalacks for some reason, but I love em too xx

Robin :D lol! your comment made me smile, thanks! Eat right - Eat Ettridge... I love that...lol! Your post on the snake was so amazing and I completely related to every little bit of it. Such a chance in a lifetime experience!!! and thank you sooo much for the dedication.... I really whole heartedly appreciated it.... it meant so much... thanks xx

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