Oh My Cakery x Sophie etc: Warm pumpkin salad with figs & feta

In today’s post, I’m bringing you a delicious warm pumpkin salad recipe in collaboration with Kirsty Lund from Oh My Cakery! We had a huge ‘brain fart’ recently (Kirsty’s words, not mine) and decided that it would be super fun to film some recipe videos with each other because a) Kirsty can cook and b) I really like to eat and c) WE LOVE A COLLAB. We’ve loosely called it a CAKE CAST because it’s going to be like a podcast but with cake and food. We filmed two videos at OMC HQ and I can’t wait for you to see them…

As you can see we had a proper hoot filming these videos…!

We created two recipes using the pumpkin that I picked from The Pumpkin Patch MK – one sweet, one savoury. Both use very similar ingredients so you can recreate both of them at home if you fancy! I am going to be sharing the savoury recipe for a warm pumpkin salad with figs and feta. You can find the video over on my IGTV and my YouTube channel (which I have freshly set up for this very purpose!) and Kirsty has shared the sweet recipe for a delish spiced pumpkin cake.

I 💛 Pumpkins

I think a lot of people forget that you can actually cook with pumpkins. They are part of the squash family, so any recipes you find that use butternut squash can be made with pumpkin too. They are a delicious seasonal vegetable that is packed with goodness and pretty much go with everything. I would recommend getting your pumpkin from a farm shop or pumpkin patch and ask for the best one to use for cooking. Some breeds(!?) are better to cook with than others and the ones you find in supermarkets are grown for carving so don’t have the best flavour.

Here’s the full recipe for our warm pumpkin salad with feta and figs recipes so you can recreate it at home!

Warm Pumpkin Salad with Feta & Figs

I’m going to add a disclaimer here and say SORRY there are no quantities on the ingredients list because it doesn’t need to be utterly precise, you can adjust it depending on how man people you need to feed or how big your appetite is. (I promise the cake recipe is a lot more precise) It’s also one of those wonderful recipes that you can just chuck in some extras in to jazz it up.

You will need…

  • Pumpkin
  • Figs
  • Feta
  • Honey
  • Walnuts
  • Thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Honey
  • Extra ingredients that would work well: Chorizo, pancetta, chilli flakes (to season), garlic, quinoa

Method

Preheat your oven to 200C (or 180C if it’s fan assisted)

Cut your pumpkin (carefully!!) into wedges and remove the skin. If you are struggling, whack it in the microwave for a few minutes to soften the skin then peel it with a vegetable peeler.

Place in an ovenproof dish, drizzle with olive oil and add a few sprigs of thyme before putting into the over for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the figs in half and roughly chop the walnuts.

Take the pumpkin out of the oven and add the figs, walnuts and a drizzle of honey then pop back in for a further 15-20 minutes.

Place a bed of baby spinach on a serving plate. Once your pumpkin and figs are fully cooked (the wedges should be soft and the figs should have gone all jammy) crumble the feta over the top and add some more walnuts. At this point, you can add some seasoning like chilli flakes for an extra kick!

Enjoy on its own or as a side to accompany an autumn feast!

Watch the video

If you aren’t on Instagram you can watch Kirsty and I cook up a storm below. If you enjoyed the video, let us know because we’d love to do more of these!

Video by Russell North. T-shirts by Pink Clouding Co.

Get the recipe for Kirsty’s Pumpkin Cake

I hope you enjoyed this fun take on a recipe. We’re hoping to do more if this isn’t a massive flop so do let us know what you think. We’ve also been pondering about doing this with special guests so watch this space!

On another note, keep your eyes peeled for more recipe content on here. Once we’ve moved into our new house and I’ve got my own kitchen, I really want to do more recipes on here using local products from producers in Milton Keynes and Bucks. I am sure you guys will be really on board with this as there are some fab local producers making lovely products in MK!

Let me know if you recreate this recipe – tag us on Instagram if you do and hashtag #CakeCastRecipe!

What are your favourite pumpkin recipes?

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