Nothing spooky about this kitchen design...
Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween lanterns. Inside the hard orange or yellow skin, the bright orange flesh is sweet and honeyed. They are a particularly good source of fibre, as well as a range of vitamins and minerals.
The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for "large melon", something round and large. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion, and to the later American colonists became known as pumpkin.
See more of the design features in this autumnal farmhouse kitchen project.
With the client’s favourite farmhouse table as a centrepiece and magnificent historic oak beams overhead, this kitchen is a perfect marriage of old and new. It’s alive with textures, colours and light.
The hand-painted and English oak cabinetry hides all sorts of clever features created in response to the client’s brief. There’s a hidden spice rack in the range canopy, vegetable storage in the larder and bespoke shelving for some very special wine glasses. There’s even a whittled wooden peg for the pizza spade.
A new cook’s island adjoins the seven-seater table, instantly creating the perfect setting for dining, cooking and entertaining. A stunning forged iron backsplash, that Figura design as created, complements the traditional Aga, while smooth metal handles invite you to open drawers and cupboards.
And then there’s the lighting. Figura designed and created the forged iron ceiling light and then working with our lighting designer, worked wonders creating subtle task, accent and overall lighting with bespoke fittings that look completely at home.
Tumbled limestone flooring runs through to the boot room where there’s ample storage for shoes, boots, jackets and all the outdoor clobber families seem to accumulate. As a little extra, we created a simple but beautiful stool for putting your wellies on.
In the larder
A perfect vegetarian main course, Elly McCausland's gloriously golden Pumpkin, goat’s cheese and fig tart with lemon thyme recipe would make a showstopping vegetarian dinner for friends. With creamy goat's cheese and juicy figs, this stunning tart is sure to delight guests during the autumn season and beyond.
Tom Aikens' Organic mini pumpkin and ricotta tarts with spiced honey recipe makes a perfect party canapé, with a crisp puff pastry base topped with a lightly spiced, sweet pumpkin purée and creamy ricotta cheese. Autumn and winter are the best times to find pumpkin and squash, and most varieties would work well in these tarts. Tom includes a delicious spiced honey recipe which flavours the pumpkin.