Last fall, it seemed like I was tripping over recipes for pumpkin enchiladas, so when the question of how to use up the frozen pumpkin came up, I pounced. Unfortunately, they were scheduled for the day after the new (oh so time-consuming) arrival, so the dish was made while very sleep deprived. And I had no time to actually find a good recipe to follow, as I was syringe feeding Little Bit (photos below) every 30-90 minutes! These were assembled more with the intention of creating food for hungry people than a culinary masterpiece. But, oh, they were delicious to the hungry people.

Pumpkin Enchiladas

All measurements are approximate!

2 c pumpkin puree
2/3 c ricotta (homemade goat’s milk…)
3 T canned green chilis
Spoonful of cumin
Spoonful of chili powder
Sprinkle of red chili flakes
1 medium onion, chopped and sauteed in olive oil until translucent
2 cloves garlic, minced

9 corn tortillas
1 can enchilada sauce
1 c shredded cojack cheese
1/4 c minced black olives
2 T toasted pumpkin seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Oil a shallow casserole dish (8 by 13 or thereabouts).

Mix all ingredients for the filling. Heat the corn tortillas, wrapped in a cloth napkin, in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Fill each tortilla with 2-3 generous spoonfuls of filling, roll, and place seam-side down in the pan. After all the tortillas have been filled, top with the enchilada sauce, cheese, olives, and pumpkin seeds. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


Born at 537 grams, Sunny is some combination of premature/nutrient deprived. Fairly intensive nursing has kept her alive, and you’ll see she is even sort of upright today, on Day 3. The splint is to stretch tendons, contracted, in one leg. Without any real fat layer, and such a low birthweight (she’s 3/4 pygmy but even pygmy kids should be 1-2 kg), we’ve had to keep her warm using various combinations of a lamp, hot water bottle, towels, and a heating pad.

Day two, a little sleepy post-feeding

Note the LaMancha ears from her great-grandmother.




Day three, learning to stand

(Standing is good but her head is so heavy!)