Thursday, October 18, 2007
Posted by Abby
It’s coming up to the spooky time of year – Halloween! Traditionally this isn’t a big festive celebration in the UK but it’s one of my favourites so I thought I’d share some ideas for Halloween food and drink in case you’re thinking of celebrating. Most of these ideas are focused on kids but I’m sure the big kid in all of us will be happy enough too!
Skeleton fingers - use sliced white bread and take the crusts off. Lightly butter it and then spread it with crushed crisps (any flavour will do but you could go for something like beef so they taste meaty). Roll the bread up and secure with a cocktail stick. Eat quickly as they won’t stay crunchy for long.
Witches fingers – you can make sweet or savoury versions of this. The sweet version uses finger-shaped piped biscuits which, when they are cooked, are dipped in jam at one end. dab the top of the biscuit at the other end with more jam and press on a flaked almond so the jam oozes out and looks like blood. For savoury, cook some sausages. Tear the end of each and dip this in a little ketchup so it looks like the blood from a chopped off finger. At the other end, press in a flaked almond so it looks like a fingernail. Alternatively you can use asparagus spears.
Eyeballs – use a packet of white marshmallows. Using food colouring, paint the top with green/blue circles. Let this dry then use black food colouring to paint in the iris. You could add thin red lines around the edge to look like blood vessels.
Spooky cookies - get some Halloween shaped biscuit cutters and bake up a batch of various shapes – witches, cats, tombstones, spiders. Pumpkins etc. using the writing icing that you get decorate one of each then invite younger guests to make their own. however, if you do the tombstones, i think it’s decorate these yourselves - ice then in white then use black icing to pipe on the rip and the name of each guest. You can present these as people arrive!
Bats wings - marinade and roast some chicken wings and serve them on a platter labelled appropriately!
Witches fingernails – label up a bowl and fill it with the roasted seeds from your pumpkin - scoop out the seeds, wash them well and then roast them with salt, oil, chilli and garlic.
Not So Lucky Dip - finally, and you’ll not want to eat this creation, fill a bowl with chopped up jelly. Add some cold cooked spaghetti (intestines), lychees or grapes (eyeballs) and mini sausages (fingers) and some plastic spiders which can be exchanged for prizes. Cover with two folded cloths, leaving a gap in the middle where people can insert their hands then and invite your guests to see what they can find…
What other ideas are out there?
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