November 1, 2011 - Posted by Erin in Culture, Expat, Traditions

Carving pumpkins in Spain couldn’t make me feel more American. There’s just something about the way people look at me when I go to the grocery store and my eyes light up at the sight of a pumpkin – a pumpkin that is sadly small, has black stickers for eyes and a mouth, and includes attached directions on how to carve it. The look of joy on my face says only this: AMERICAN. And also perhaps: I miss pumpkin patches.

Good thing I’ve got my American amigas. Remember them? We’re holding down the Halloween fort here in Madrid. Our get-together last week was pure festive nerdiness (mostly thanks to Michella – teacher, decorator and chef extraordinaire). Somehow our patriotism (mostly related to awesome holidays) manifests itself in carved pumpkins, decorations, pumpkin-flavored cupcakes, pumpkin-shaped rice krispy treats, and multi-seasoned roasted pumpkin seeds. America is good, so so good.

I hope you all had a marvelous Halloween! I celebrated mine by further confusing Spaniards about my nationality (apart from when I’m perusing pumpkins at the local market) and dressed up as a beer wench (a classy one).

Here’s a little taste of America for you all, fresh from Spain.

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11 Responses to “I miss pumpkin patches”

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    I love that you guys got together and did this! Too cute!!!

  2. Lauren (Spanish Sabores) Says:

    It was a lot of fun and finally meeting everyone was great! There’s just something about holiday traditions that make me feel happy… and love the title of the post btw, I miss them too!!!

  3. Sabrina Says:

    Those pumpkins look awesome 🙂 I didn’t go to any pumpkin patches this year… but we did host a little carving party/dinner at our place and made fun of the only American in attendance for eating the seeds we roasted WITH the shells. Weird, right!? Or is it only us foreigners that don’t eat the shells?

  4. Erin Says:

    Yes, Sabrina – the foreigners ARE the weird ones!!! Us Americans are the pumpkin experts, so if we eat them with the shells, then gosh darn it, that’s the way to do it. They taste amazing! Why would you want to remove all that extra deliciousness?? PS – this morning I discovered a plate full of pumpkin seed shells left behind in the kitchen by my husband. Weirdo ;).

    @Lauren – it was great to finally meet you too! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

  5. Vibeke Says:

    This looks great! You’ve done a great job on those pumpkins! We did our own little Halloween do down here in Andalucia. Me being Norwegian, I have no clue how this holiday should be celebrated, however, all the Spanish people seem to think of me as a bit of an expert simply because I’m a blond foreigner. I felt the responsibility weighing heavy on my viking shoulders when we gathered our kids’ friends for some carving, trick or treating (truco o trato, si no te mato!) and… well, that’s it…. I wasn’t sure what else you Americanas do to celebrate Halloween. Now I know. Thanks for sharing your experience!


  6. Sabrina Says:

    No way! I’ll have to tell him that it really was us that did it the “wrong” way 🙂 He actually ended up calling his mom and asking her why she didn’t explain to him how to properly eat pumpkin seeds 🙂 I guess we were very persuasive. By the way, the extra goodness is just woody seeds… try without and you’ll convert to the Euro-method 🙂

  7. Erin Says:

    Woody seeds?????

  8. Sabrina Says:

    Oh, I think this might be a case of “lost in translation” 🙂 You know, not the soft, nice, nutty part, but the harder shell that doesn’t actually have much taste but a harder kind of texture?

  9. Erin Says:

    Haha! I thought you must have been referring to a whole different kind of seed – the woody seed. You had me kind of excited. Hehe.

  10. Status Viatoris Says:

    Heavens, this post has made me so hungry!!! Especially the little cup cakey things, and the rice krispy things!

  11. bnann Says:

    Plenty of pumpkins can been seen in the huertas her in the North of Spain.

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