Halloween, and other scary things..

print
P1280275

 

Seasonal walks amongst colourful, leafy forests have given me time to think these past few weeks.

I’ve been thinking about how this year has been so unusual for the kids – and now Halloween is going to be different for them too. Once my brain hits Halloween, it stops for a minute to remember my own childhood Halloween celebrations – Turnips hollowed out into a Jack O’Lantern by Dad, bobbing for apples; dressing up in old clothes (no bought costumes for us, back in the day); cardboard masks that got soft and damp if you wore them for too long – anyone remember those? And getting sweets, apples and the odd sixpence from our neighbours..  Good times.. and the good times will return, we just don’t know when.

October 25th

 

October 10th 2018 (15)

 

Meanwhile, the children will enjoy their strange Halloween. I think that because the children have all had a strange Summer, strange birthdays and a strange Halloween, they’ll actually be happy enough, because everyone else has had exactly the same Summer, birthday and Halloween.

There are  lots of Pumpkin-inspired cakes and pies, and plenty of cosy dinner recipes over on www.eatingforireland.com to warm us up when we’ve been out in the chilly air  so head over and have a wee look..

Pumpkin Scones!

Pumpkin Scones!

Mmm..Pumpkin and Rum Cake!

Mmm..Pumpkin and Rum Cake!

Pumpkin Pie!

Pumpkin Pie!

Roasted Squash!

Roasted Squash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I’ve given some thought to Halloween, I move rapidly on, and you all know where I’m going next, don’t you? Yes, I’m going to talk about that Big Eating, Drinking, and Present-Giving Festival at the end of the year – and for possibly the first time in my life I know what I want for Christmas..

So let’s face it, Halloween is only slightly scary compared to that, so I’m going to leave it until next time to tell you all about it – bet you can’t wait!

I’ll say no more.. I’ll just leave this picture for you to think about..

Christmas 2018 (11) Christmas day at home 2018 JPG (16) Christmas at home (5)

Ok, that’s three pictures, but hey, it’s Christmas!! :)

About

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

Posted in Blog