Halloween is a great time to experiment with the produce you have grown in your polytunnel or elsewhere in your garden. At this time of the year, kids and grown ups alike can have a little fun creating a range of monstrous recipes. Here are five spooky Halloween recipe ideas for polytunnel gardeners which are just some of the ways to use up a bounty of seasonal produce this October:
Blood-Bath Soup With Bread Bones
A delicious tomato soup can be made using polytunnel grown tomatoes, along with onions, garlic, herbs and other additions. On Halloween, this simple tomato soup can become a blood bath, which can be served with bread baked into the shape of bones for a gruesome meal.
Soups are a fantastic, warming meal idea at this time of year, but if you do not fancy attracting every vampire in the area with the above idea, you could also consider making an anti-vampire soup. This soup blends plenty of garlic (to fend off those fiends) with squash or pumpkin and vegetable stock, with a dash of cream or coconut milk if you prefer for a smooth and creamy texture.
Creepy Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is a common dish, but you can take this simple meal to the next level by using your own polytunnel produce. Top a mix of home-grown vegetables, meat or lentils with mashed potato. But this Halloween, rather than spreading the potato evenly across the top, make little heaps of mash, give them eyes of lentils, beans or peas, and you will create ghosts to haunt your dining table.
Halloween Monster Pizzas
Another easy and child friendly idea this Halloween is to make your own pizzas. Make your dough, form the bases, and then spread on some sauce and allow the kids to decorate their own pizzas and make monster faces with various vegetables and other ingredients.
Angry Apple-Almond Cupcakes
There are plenty of fiendish pudding ideas that you could also enjoy making with your kids. One simple idea is to bake some simple sponge cupcakes, flavoured with apples or other autumn fruits and cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. For a fun Halloween twist, cut each cupcake from the top and insert two apple slices in each, held in place with almond or peanut butter. Fill between these apple slice ‘lips’ with nut butter and give each mouth some almond sliver teeth. Be careful as you take a bite – these angry apple-almond cupcakes might bite back!
Do you have some favourite Halloween recipe ideas? Please share your spooky suggestions in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.