Be green for Halloween
With only a few days left for final Halloween preparations here are a few ideas to get in the spirit! The costumes, pumpkins and scary foods (yes – scary slices), have been in the shops for over a month now but you don’t have to buy something new to bring Halloween to your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started…
- Most charity shops have put out a costume section for Halloween, there are costumes that others have outgrown or simply aren’t wanted any more that you can snap up at a bargain price.
- Cut out ghostly shapes from junk mail and cereal boxes, attached them to your windows and shine a light behind them to give scary silhouette glow to your windows. A torch or lamp will help cast a shadow, DO NOT use a candle.
Use your pumpkin for more than a scary face
Whilst the outside is working hard to scare the trick and treaters use the inside of your pumpkin for warming dinners to chase away the chill. Since you bought the whole pumpkin you might as well use it all up!
But what could you make…
- Sounds boring but what about pumpkin soup to have for lunch over the next few days, or freeze it for another week. Spice it up with a variety of the herbs and spices you have in the cupboards.
- Prepare a pumpkin based lasagne, if you don’t want to eat it today or this week you can cook it and freeze it for another day.
- Try pumpkin curry using this recipe given to us by a Hounslow resident.
- You can also roast the pumpkin seeds for a healthy snack that you can eat by themselves or add to a salad. You don’t need to put pumpkin seeds in the oven to roast them, instead put them in a frying pan with no oil or butter over a low heat and stir them until they change colour. Add a seasoning like salt, pepper or chilli powder if you want to give them extra flavour.
- If you have a sweeter tooth then Pumpkin Tart might be the dish for you!
If you have any pumpkin recipes to add to our collection, send us a photo and details of how to make it and we’ll put your recipe on our local recipes page too.