Celebrate with some grotesque food!
PREP TIME: 5 – 10 mins
IDEAL FOR: Halloween
Two fun recipes
But this year Halloween could be a little different with a global pandemic lingering about.
What could be more terrifying than being ‘locked down’ again?!
But it doesn’t mean that we have to give up on making it a bit of fun for ourselves.
That’s why I’ve chosen two quick and easy fun foods to whip up…
Mummy meatballs and Mummy brie!
If nothing else, it should be a little giggle.
And something fun to do in the kitchen.
Not the scary film but the celebration.
Originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) some 2000 years ago.
The Celts (mainly from Ireland, UK and Northern France) marked October 31st as the end of summer and the harvest.
And the beginning of the dark, cold winter, which they associated with death.
So, the Druids (Celtic priests) built bonfires and the Celtic people wore costumes to ward off ghosts.
They sacrificed animals to the Celtic deities.
All in the hope that they were safe through the winter months and to help the Druids predict their future.
The name, Halloween
In the eighth century, the Christian celebration, All Saints Day, the evening before Nov 1st, was called All Hallows Eve.
Which then later became Halloween.
Trick or treating
How did we get from Druids, sacrificial animals, weird animal costumes and death…
To sweets and tricks??
Well, in colonial America a different version emerged.
Originally, they held public events to celebrate the harvest, share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing.
AND, did a bit of mischief-making alongside ghost telling.
It wasn’t celebrated all over America.
But by the 2nd half of the 19th century, when immigrants from Ireland were escaping the Potato famine, is when Halloween became more popular all over America.
So, they started dressing up like the European’s and the poor went house to house asking for food or money.
People would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives.
This is now known as “trick-or-treat”.
In the late 1800s, Halloween became more of a community and neighbourly get-together,rather than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft.
Then at the turn of the century, Halloween parties became the most common way to celebrate the day with games, food and festive costumes.
So the darker side of Halloween traditions faded away for a bit more of a light-hearted, fun time.
Which meant that by the 20th Century most of its superstitious and religious overtones were lost.
It’s a bit bonkers now
One-quarter of all the ‘candy’ sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.
An estimated $6 billion annually is spent on Halloween, making it the country’s second-largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
More people, especially millennials, are buying costumes for their pets.
- 500 g mince
- 1 onion, chopped
- handful of breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- chopped parsley
- 1 tsp Herb de Provence
- 1 tsp chill flakes
- salt and papper to season
- 200 g puff pastry
- Enhlish musrard for decorating
- Preheat oven to 200°. Line a large, baking sheet with grease-proof paper.
- In a large bowl, add beef, onion, breadcrumbs/panko, garlic, parsley, dried herbs, chilli flakes, egg and season generously.Mix ingredients together until well combined, then shape into 1” balls. Place onto baking sheet and set aside.
- Roll your pyff pastry so it can be cut into long thin strips.Then, wrap around meatballs to look mummy-like and leaving a gap for the eyes (made from mustard).Now, wash the pastry with egg wash and bake until meatballs are cooked through and pastry is golden – approx 15 minutes. (*Cover with foil if the puff pastry starts to get too dark).Make two mustard dots for eyes on each mummy meatball and serve.
- All-purpose flour, for surface
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 wheel of brie or camembert
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- 2 sliced black olives
- 2 mini pepperoni or sliced red pepper
- Preheat oven to 200°. Roll the puff pastry out 2.5cm strips Wrap strips around cheese like a mummy.
- Brush over the pastry with an egg wash.Place the cheese on a baking sheet on a baking tray and bake until nice and gooey and the puff pastry is golden – approx. 10 mins.
- For eyes, place a couple of peppercorns or black olives.Serve with fresh crusty bread.