Halloween, or All Hallows eve, is a celebration for many countries on October 31st and is a time to remember the dead including Saints and Martyrs and its Christian origins date back to around 1745. The word Halloween means “Hallowed evening” or “Holy evening” and comes from a Scottish term for “All Hallows Eve” where Eve is Even and became shortened to “e’en” or “een” so over time All Hallows Even became Halloween
So it’s nearly Halloween again and it’s a time when everything takes on a spooky twist from dusk with kids dressed in scary costumes trick or treating hungry for their next taste of candy, apple bobbing, ghoulish statues adorning gardens to scare their neighbours and carved pumpkin lanterns.
The thing is once you’ve hollowed your pumpkin and you are all ready for your Halloween scare fest, what do you do with the insides? Why not use this easy Halloween recipe to turn it into a tasty pumpkin soup, which is ideal for warming you up during those cold nights.
All you need for this simple Halloween recipe is the following:
- 1 medium pumpkin
- 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
- 100 ml chicken or vegetable stock
- 300 ml double cream
- 8 tbsp olive oil
- 4 medium onions
Firstly preheat your oven to 200°C and chop up your pumpkin flesh removing the seeds as you go (easiest way is to scoop out with a spoon or ice cream scooper).
Chop up your onions and put in a baking tray with the chopped pumpkin, covering with the olive oil and roast in the preheated oven for between 30-40 minutes.
After you have finished roasting the onion and pumpkin remove them and place in a blender and blend thoroughly until you get a smooth purée.
Next place the puree into a saucepan add the chicken or vegetable stock and heat on a low heat stirring as you go. Add your salt, grated nutmeg and pepper (to taste) then add the double cream and heat thoroughly before serving…a delicious simple Halloween recipe!
Fancy getting away for Halloween but still want to party? The Golden Lion Hotel are hosting a Halloween Party on Thursday 31st where you can party the night away with a disco starting at 7.30 until 11PM with optional fancy dress so you can go as your favourite scary character.
If you have any interesting scary ideas for Halloween from costumes to recipes like apple bobbing to Zombies we would love to hear from you in the comments below.