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.
Recipe… Sweet Potatoes.
I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese I use feta or ricotta if I can get it…
Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey and roasted grapes.
• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese or feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required
- For 4 potatoes take 2 cups of small seedless grapes and put on a baking tray drizzle with oil and a season with salt and pepper then roast them at 350F for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh those skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.
- In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…
Do you know ??
In the correct spelling of the Halloween, where is the apostrophe placed?
Between the two e’s (Hallowe’en)
Other sweet potato fillings:
How about a baked sweet potato filled with cooked black beans, corn, sweet peppers topped with sour cream with some lime rind stirred through or sprinkled on the top and some chopped coriander.
Or the Thai way our sweet potatoes here are a bright purple we do get the orange but many are purple a really beautiful colour… Baked and topped with Thai Peanut sauce they are heavenly…
- 1 cup fresh dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped or minced
- 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
- 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp. fish sauce (for vegetarians: substitute 2 1/2 to 3 tbsp. regular soy sauce)
- 1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (or 2 tbsp. lime juice)
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (or 1/2 tsp Thai red chilli paste more or less to taste)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until the sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier peanut sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.
- Taste.... adding more fish sauce (or soy sauce) if not salty enough, or more red curry or cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.
- This sauce tends to thicken as it sits–just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise, it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Add to your baked sweet potato and top with chopped red onion, green onions and coriander and some crisply fried garlic…yummy if you love Thai flavours.
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.
A Halloween Cocktail.
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 was the most popular Halloween costume for pets in 2015?
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, bumble bees ( that bulldog doesn’t look impressed either does he….lol
In the Middle Ages, why were so many mummies bought and sold?
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.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you are having a Halloween party this weekend then stay safe and enjoy 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.
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!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend 🙂 xx