The sole offspring of the pumpkin that refused to go away has been putting out flower after flower. However, none of the flowers has so far turned into a pumpkin.
Rather then wait for a pumpkin that may never ripen by the time the cold weather comes in the fall, my girlfriend decided to turn the flowers into a little known southwestern Turkish dish made by stuffing them with a rice mixture.
We picked about a dozen flowers.
First, they got stuffed with a pre-cooked mixture of rice, onion, dill, parsley, pine nuts, currants, salt, sugar and olive oil. Then the stuffed flowers were cooked again. Here is the final product.
What did stuffed pumpkin flowers taste like? They tasted like the rice mixture inside, for the pumpkin flowers don't have any noticeable flavor of their own. Nevertheless, it was a fun gastronomical experiment.