Halloween is that rare time of the year that brings out our most animalistic of urgings - the unspoken longing to commit ritual sacrifice.
Of course, we're talking about pumpkin carving - a tradition that dates back through centuries of Irish history to the legend of Stingy Jack, a drunken lout who tried to play a trick on Satan. Jack spent the rest of eternity roaming the void between heaven and hell with a lit turnip, or "Jack O' Lantern."
At the Food Challenge household, the hearth is our heaven, the dirty sink is our hell, and once again we were faced with a big problem. What do we do with all our leftover pumpkin?
Well, we rolled the pumpkin in tempura, dipped it in raw egg and coated it with Panko mixed with fennel. We pan-fried the blocks, covered them with a slice of kiwi and put the whole thing on a seaweed cracker.
We call it "Jack's Grave." And you can call it the November Food Challenge.
What can you do with (1) pumpkin (2) fennel (3) kiwi and (4) seaweed? You can use these four ingredients and anything else. But entries will be disqualified if you omit one of the items.
Please deliver a copy of your recipe to the Empire's front desk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., mail to Food Challenge, c/o Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include ingredients, directions, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail and at least one person who saw you eat the dish. The best recipes will be printed in an upcoming Food page.