Halloween (Part III). Food for thought.

IMG_1522In case you haven’t got it yet, I love Halloween! Actually I love anything that requires a mixture of food, decorations and an excuse to be creative (not that we need an excuse). And yes I love Christmas too so watch this space, but I promise I won’t get on to that for a few weeks yet!

So after you have carved the pumpkins you need to decide what to do with the pulp. This is a recipe for a very simple soup that requires very little work. The nuts give a lovely flavour as well as texture. Continue reading

Halloween (Part II): We scare because we care!

IMG_1320I know lots of countries have their own traditions and celebrations around this time of year. Here in Ireland we celebrate Halloween in a uniquely Irish historical context. The festival was first celebrated as a pagan festival back in 100 AD when the Celts marked the season of Halloween or ‘Samhain’, an old Irish word meaning the ‘end of Summer’. The belief was that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life. Continue reading

Halloween…(part I) It’s a grave business

IMG_1275I’m not sure about around you but around where I live Hallowe’en is taken seriously!

In the past I have shamed myself: putting out a few meager pumpkin specimens with (almost) smiley faces, while my neighbours put in a huge effort. Continue reading