Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Happy Halloween

At Nan's tea party over the weekend she commented that I've always loved Halloween. I lived with her from the age of nine and I think she remembers things I'd rather she forgot. Like the run up to Guy Fawkes when we would all play knock down ginger and trick or treat. We did horrible things. Threw eggs on people's doorsteps and sprinkled flour over the top. Hubby just told me that in London children are not being sold eggs or flour for this exact reason and worse. I have to say we hardly ever had to resort to this as very few people said trick. If they did it was only because they were up for a joke anyway. At least that's what we told ourselves.

Not as bad as my dad who as a child put a firework through someone's letterbox. Mind numbingly stupid and not something anybody seems that proud of. Though I have to admit to having a very small chuckle, I think more through embarrassment than anything else. Hangs head in shame and berates herself in the style of Dobby (Dobby being the house elf from Harry Potter). I don't know the sort of friends my dad had (it may explain why Nan seems to have had grey hair forever) but somebody also put a firework down his back. There are high jinks and then there's pure stupidity. Our eggs and flour trick seems quite mild in comparison.

As a mother I'm obviously concerned for my children and will not allow them to trick or treat, not until they leave home at least. Which by the looks of things wont be for some time as the average age for children to leave home in England is currently about 27 years old! I doubt we'll be using the word Spookables then, or watching the film that we got the word from - Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie - watch this film - it's great!

In the meantime... Happy Halloween! We'll be eating....

Sick Soup
cauliflower, brocolli, potato, onion, stock, milk, cream, stilton cheese.
(for authenticity I may serve this cold)

Spiced Pumpkin Soup
pumpkin, onion, decent stock, cumin and coriander

Bloody Stubby Fingers
Sausages, squeezed about a bit before oven cooking and dipped in ketchup

Crunchy Munch Witches Brains
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Muffins

Edit: Since I posted I got this sweet treat award from the lovely Pat. Thank you Pat. I'd like to pass the award onto everybody who reads the blog this evening as the picture wont fit tomorrow.

Have a spooky night!


Asha said...

Good to hear that you are enjoying Halloween! Nobody has thrown Eggs so far here but I better get more candies!!:P
Great recipes. Check out my blog, and don't forget to listen to the music!:)
Happy Halloween to all of you.

Angel said...

Happy Halloween!!
Those sound like a fun and very spooky menu.
I never got in trouble when i was little and trick or treating. We always had our mom with us to walk us to each door.
Always loved coming home with a pillowcase of treats. She got ten percent mother fee for her time and trouble. lol

Deborah said...

What fun memories of Halloween, even if there was a bit of trouble making going on!! Happy Halloween!

Kate said...

I've heard so many fantastic things about Halloween, but have never really celebrated one ... grew up in India were people dont even know what it is. When i was in Hong Kong last year had some kids come over to collect candy , but still never had a real feel of the festival. Maybe someday :)
Your dad seems like a fun guy ....i would've joined him putting those firecrackers there :P

Marie said...

Ohhhh Amanda, that sounds like a gobliny good feast!!! I had never heard of the flour thing before coming over here!

Gemma said...

That sounds like a great spooky menu! I love your photo montage, I need to spend a bit of time playing with photoshop to work out how to do these successfully, I am always so impressed by them.

Margaret said...

Ah! When the children are young Halloween is great fun! If they haven't left home by the age of 27 years of age then I think wrapping up their sandwiches in a map might be in order!

Aimée said...

When the time comes, I won't let my children trick-or-treat either. We'll do something fun as a family with some sweets involved instead...fortunately Noah is still too young to know he is missing anything!

tash said...

Sounds delish. Especially the bloody fingers - yum. That's the hardened carnivore in me I suppose!

I don't like the big teens coming round. Last year we found the ickies sweets we could (Haribo sour things) and when a group of 3 15-ish yr old lads came knocking we handed them the bowl which they looked at and replied "is that it?" to which we replied "yes" - they took a sweet and left. This year was much better, only one group of three - we got nicer toffees. Decided we could eat what they left over. Yum!

Pat said...

Sounds like you all had a hauntingly ghoulish time!!! The menu sounds yummy too!!!

Kelly-Jane said...

Hope you had a spooky time! We went to a party (50 children) it was a lot of fun :)

Meeta said...

It sounds like you had a great lot of fun. Ours was a huge success too. Hug them ghouls from me!

Cottage Smallholder said...

Love your menu Amanda!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

oh i love the photo montage! How do you do it? I've asked that before and i promise i'll check back for the answer. Your evil food sounds wonderful, I hope they enjoyed it!

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

A belated Happy Halloween...and an early Happy Guy Fawkes to you! (I'm going to miss Bonfire Night...)

Nora B. said...

I see that you were good with eggs and flour even from a young age ;-)


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