My friend, and WOYP cohost, gifted me this beautiful kobacha squash that she grew in her garden (she wrote about her garden kobachas here and here).

At first I thought that I would use it as an autumn decoration. It was far too pretty to slice open.

Then that nagging voice in my brain grew louder and louder. Would Deb gift me anything else from her garden if I messed this up?

I quickly rustled up a few other ingredients.

Trying to keep the squash as ‘pretty’ as possible, I sliced it in half and roasted it in the oven.

I then sauted some onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, white rice, spices and veggie ground round (the options here are endless).

I stuffed the sauted veggies into the shells, melted some parmessan cheese on top and served with a drizzle of tahini sauce. Absolutely divine!

Although you can eat the skin, Richard and I used ours as bowls…which had absolutely nothing left inside at the end of our meal. A true sign of a wonderful dish! Recipe below.

If you’d like to try stuffed squash, there are numerous recipes to fit all tastes. A few different options can be found here, here and here.

On a completely different, but still food related note, thank you for your kind words on my last post about Richard’s new found love of cooking. Since that post, he has made the following dishes. It’s hard to get used to reading/relaxing/goofing off while Richard is hard at work — but he insists he does not want help — so goofing off it is!

Have you made anything special from a garden gift?
Does your spouse/partner/housemate cook?
What’s been on your plate lately?

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Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
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