Ready for a spooky menu? Everyone’s kitchen

What a great sunny day to have our Halloween menu!

Menu of the day

Pumpkin’s head served with blood soaked rice 

Gooey brains on a stick served with the witch’s brew

Recipes

Stuffed pumpkin served with beetroot rice

  • The trick to make quick stuffed small pumpkins is to boil them for at least 10 min. 
  • Once that is done, remove the top off the pumpkin and use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  • Keep any fleshy bits from the pumpkins. It can be used in your  stuffing. 
  • For your stuffing, nothing easier. Use what you have in your fridge. Today we have used tomato sauce, mushroom, black olives, time, salt and pepper, pumpkin flesh and chilli from the garden!
  • Other things you can add: spices, nuts, chilli sauce, meat, cheese or nutritional yeast …

Fancy some red rice? Cook your rice with some beetroot that will bring flavour and taste!

Hot  mulled apple juice – Cost per serving: 0.20 (tesco)

Ingredients (for 6) 

  • 1.5L (2½ pints) apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • peel of 1 orange, cut into strips
  • peel of 1 lemon, cut into strips

Method

  • Pour the apple juice and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  • Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peel and lemon peel in a muslin spice bag. Secure with kitchen string. Drop the spice bag into the juice mixture.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until the mixture is very hot but not boiling.
  • Remove from the heat. Discard the spices. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

Did you know? 

You can keep the seeds of your pumpkin to make a healthy snack!

  • Take the seeds from the pumpkin and clean them! So remove the flesh, rinse them and let them dry overnight.
  • Once they are dried, add ½ tsp of olive oil, pinch of salt and mix. 
  • Spread the seeds on a baking tray and put in the oven for 12 minutes (180C). They are ready when they are brown!

Halloween origin

Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Did you know? One quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.

If you want to join the cooking group, please contact Nadege: ndmaxinfo@gmail.com

Published by Nadegegrows

Garden Assistant/Tend and Share project worker

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