Good morning…The witching hour is soon to be upon us… I expect all you lovely Halloweenies are prepared and ready…
Firstly I have a recipe for some lovely allergy-free mummies as I know many people have peanut allergies and this lady has recipes and tips if you have allergies. So please pop over to her blog and have a look…
Don’t they look cute?
Did you know???
In what year will the next full moon occur during Halloween?
2020…The last Halloween that had a full moon was in 2001 and the next full moon on Halloween after 2020 won’t occur until 2039.
Of course, the weather, especially at night, is getting cooler and nothing goes down as well as a good, spicy chilli on a cold Halloween night…it is one-pot cooking which is even better…
- 500 gm lean minced Beef ( I use pork) as I can’t get minced beef here very often and beef is not hung here like it is elsewhere so can be very pale and not too tasty.
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 red or yellow pepper chopped
- 3/4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger finely chopped
- 1-3 heaped tsp hot chilli powder (or 1 level tbsp if you only have mild)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 pint of fresh-made beef or vegetable stock
- 400 gm fresh chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
- 1/2 tsp sugar…I sneak this in when no one is looking as it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 410 gm can red kidney beans, drained or pre-soaked dried kidney beans.
Put the olive oil in a large pan and heat add the chopped onions, garlic, ginger, bay leaves and cumin seeds cook until onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
I like to add my cumin seeds with the onions as it brings out their full flavour and we love cumin.
Add the minced meat and cook, stirring until nicely browned.
Add the tomatoes, stock, peppers and tomato puree stirring in well and bring to a soft simmer.
Add the paprika, marjoram and sugar.
Cook for 20 minutes now this is where I taste and add more chilli and usually more cumin seeds and then add the drained kidney beans and cook for a further 30 minutes.
Serve with steamed rice and sour cream sprinkled with smoked paprika ( optional)
Halloween Trivia! Did you know?
The 1978 blockbuster, Halloween, was only made in 21 days on a very limited budget.
Some more Halloween Trivia...
The round orange pumpkins that are used for most jack o’ lanterns today are native to what continent?
North America…The oldest pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico and were dated to sometime between 7000 and 5500 BC.
What are some of the most popular Halloween costume for pets?
Pumpkin…Next up was a hot dog, undoubtedly the top pick for dachshund owners. That Dobie looks less than impressed. Third were characters from Batman, followed by the devil. And for 5th place, bumblebees ( that bulldog doesn’t look impressed either does he….lol…Maybe that is where the saying comes from it looks like you have sucked on a wasp…
It wouldn’t be Halloween if there wasn’t some gore and gruesome goings-on would it?
Now in the Middle Ages, there was a thriving trade of mummies being bought and sold? Not what you think…haha
To be ground into medicine…Mummies were ground up during the middle ages to make medicine because they were thought to have healing properties.
After the Middle Ages, the buying and selling of mummies remained popular. During the 17th and 18th century mummies were used to make a type of paint called mummy brown or mummia.
My second Chilli recipe from a friend of mine …Richard and it is his vegetarian chilli…Thank you Richard it is very nice. It is Richards recipe with a Thai twist and tasty…
Vegetarian Chilli with lentils.
- 1 large onion roughly chopped
- 1 carrot finely chopped
- 2/3 cups of pumpkin roughly chopped
- 1 stick of celery finely chopped
- 1 tomato finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 3 chillies
- 125 gm mushrooms chopped
- A handful of chopped green beans
- 100 gm black lentils
- 1 tbsp each of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar
- Basil Leaves
Then cook as normal ensuring lentils are cooked through.
The instructions are as I received them as Richard obviously knows I can cook…lol
For anyone needing more details then cook as my chilli recipe above but adding lentils instead of the meat. I did add a couple more tomatoes some pumpkin and some kidney beans to Richards original recipe….I also soaked my lentils… he doesn’t as he likes his lentils al dente…
Cooking is all about personal taste and I sometimes just chuck it in the pot and take it from there… That’s how I cook most of the time and TASTE…
Did you know?
Pumpkins are not only orange, but also white, blue, and green?
Some mocktails for the kiddywinks.
Hundreds of vampire clubs and societies exist and claim to have real vampires as their members.
They may have had dental work on their teeth but really vampires?? What do you think ??
Did you know??
In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?
Canada…Here is the line from the newspaper:
The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.
“‘Trick or Treat’ Is Demand,” Herald (Lethbridge, Alberta), November 4, 1927, p. 5, dateline Blackie, Alberta, Nov. 3.
I do think trick or treating got out of hand and now parents generally confine it to friends rather than just random door knocking…
Finally, I can’t go without a lovely colourful Halloween drink for you all…
I hope you are enjoying these Fang-Tastic Pumpkin posts and please if you have any tried and tested Halloween recipes I will post them and credit you so please let me have them…xxx
I am just off to check out the cocktails…Laters xxx
About Carol Taylor
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx