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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Halloween Treats!

Not long until Halloween is here! (And my birthday!) I thought I would share with you some recipes I found for some lovely Halloween party food.
All recipes and images are from family fun. There are lots more ides which can be found on their website!

First up is my favourite Goblin Grins!
Cheeky Goblin Grins!
  • 1 pea pod
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • a few slivered almonds
For each one, use a tip of a peeling knife to cut a small centred slit in one side of an edible pea pod. Next, cut out a tongue shape from the red pepper and insert the top of it through the opening in the pea pod (it looks better if the inside of the pepper faces up). For the finishing touches, insert a few slivered almonds for teeth.

Next up is Cheese-Finger Food!
Yummy Cheese-Fingers!
  • mozzarella string cheese
  • green bell pepper
  • cream cheese
Wearing plastic gloves (to keep the cheese as smudge-free as possible) use a peeling knife to cut each string in half and then carve the shallow area for a fingernail at one end. Round this end to create the tip of the finger. Next, mark the joint right below the nail as well as the knuckle joint by carving out small horizontal wedges of cheese. For the fingernails, slice a green bell pepper into small strips and trip the pulp so it's half as thick. Cut the strips into ragged topped nail shapes and stick them into place with the cream cheese.

How about some Swamp Juice!
Tasty Swamp Juice!
To make 8 servings:
  • 1/2 cup of small tapioca pearls (found in the baking section in a shop)
  • food colouring
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 gummy fish
  • seltzer water
  • lemonade
  • 8 gummy worms
First is how to make the eggs: bring 6 cups of water to the boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce the heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring often for around 25 minutes. Now we need to colour the eggs: divide the pearls with the remaining water between two bowls. Add 4 drops of food colouring (use 1 drop of blue and 3 drops of yellow in one bowl and 4 drops of blue in the other) and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to each bowl. Stir the mixture and allow them to sit uncovered for around 20 minutes. Drain and rinse each of the bowls with cold water. We now need to assemble the drink: spoon 2 tablespoons of pearls into each glass and drop in a gummy fish. Fill the glasses with the seltzer water, add a splash of lemonade. To finish the drink; place a gummy worm around a spoon!

How about some yummy Monster Toes?
Juicy Monster Toes!
  • cocktail sausages
  • 6 inch tortillas
  • ketchup
  • cocktail sticks
Using a peeling knife cut a small toenail shape into one end of sausage. Cut the tortillas into strips about 4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide and discard the ends. Soften the strips in the microwave between damp paper towels for about 10 to 30 seconds. Roll each sausage in a tortilla strip and secure with a cocktail stick. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and fill the toenail with ketchup. Make sure you remove the cocktail sticks before serving!

Lastly why not try Pizza Mummies?
Cheesy Pizza Mummies!
  • english muffins
  • pizza sauce
  • spring onions
  • red or green pepper
  • black olives
  • cheese sticks or slices
Heat the oven to gas mark 5 or 175°C. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an english muffin. You can toast the muffin before if you like! Set the olive slices in place for the eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils. Next, lay strips of cheese across the muffin for the mummy's wrappings. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.