1 Nov 2011
I love halloween, I don't know why, I just do. It has a sort of mysterious and exciting feel about it and it is a chance to make novelty food and decorate the house to make it look creepy and spider infested. I held a halloween party in my house last year when I was a student and everybody really enjoyed it so I wanted to do something similar this year, and when my mum said that we could host a party we both got quite excited. We have never hosted a party at our house before so it would be a new experience, and possibly a complete disaster, but it was at least something to look forward to and to plan. We both invited a few people, not too many, just some people who we thought wouldn't judge us too harshly if the party was not very successful and I had a think about what food I could make, something made much harder by inviting people with different eating requirements; maybe I don't have much of an imagination, but I find it hard to think of that many exciting party foods I could make that are both gluten and dairy free. At any rate I did my best and spent two days baking, cleaning and decorating and having a very enjoyable time, in my opinion the preparation is the best part of a party.
The different foods I made were chilli con carne, cheesy potato skins, witches fingers sausage rolls, toasted pumpkin seeds, toffee apples, spider web cupcakes, gingerbread witches and ghosts and gluten free cake pops.
Toasted pumpkin seeds
125g Caster sugar
125g S.R. flour with some taken out and replaced with cocoa powder
Cooked in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
When they had cooled I melted some milk chocolate and some white chocolate and my sister, who was helping me at the time, spread some milk chocolate on top of each one then I took them and, as neatly as I could (which turns out to not be very neatly at all) I drizzled two circles on top of the milk chocolate in white chocolate and then, using a cocktail stick, drew out lines from the centre to the edge all the way round, creating the spiderweb effect in the chocolate. Then I left them to cool and put a few plastic spiders on them so that people got the idea of what they were meant to be.
Gluten free cake pops
Well I think this post has gone on for quite long enough now, it is possibly the longest post I have ever written but then I did make a lot of different things. I leave you with a picture of the table which I laid out the food on for the party to give you a bit of a feel for what it was like.
Labels: Holidays and Festivals