Pumpkin, the Vegetable of Love?

In the article, “Pumpkin Pie: Provocative or Just Tasty” the New York Times reports that researchers from the Chicago Smell and Test Treatment and Research Foundation measured responses to 30 odors and found that the smell of pumpkin mixed with lavender created the strongest response of romantic attraction in men, followed closely by doughnuts and black licorice.

In response, our quick witted kitchen assistants here at Port d’Hiver are furiously working on a new recipe featuring homemade pumpkin doughnuts drizzled with lavender icing and topped with a sprinkling of black licorice shavings. Who knows, this potentially delicious concoction may just be the cornerstone of a new “Port d’Hiver October Romance Package”!  We’ll let you know how they turn out.

“I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.” Willa Cather, My Antonia

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” Linus, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

Melbourne Beach InnLemon Lavender Icing Recipe

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon water or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh Lavender buds to sprinkle on top of the icing
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon zest minced very finely or a drop of lemon extract.

Mix together all the above ingredients and decoratively drizzle over the cooled doughnuts.