Wow, it’s the 31st October already! Happy Halloween, everyone. This month has gone by so quickly, it only seems like yesterday that I was writing Blogtober post number 1!
Seeing as it is Halloween, I decided to cook a Halloween feast for my family! One of my favourite meals to cook is a pasta bake, so I decided to make one with a Halloween twist. For dessert, the obvious choice was a Halloween cake!
Setting the Scene
Before I started cooking, I decided to decorate the kitchen to make it extra Halloween-y. I brought down the pumpkin lights that I bought on my mini Autumnal charity shop haul, and strung them up under a shelf in the kitchen. I also brought down my Halloween themed soft toys and set them up on the shelf.
There were several Halloween themed items on the table already. These included the pumpkins I decorated last week, along with a ‘spooky’ tray, and Halloween cards that my dad had given to me and my mum. The spider in front of the pumpkins is a brooch and I was wearing it before I took the photo. It has lights that flash red and green when switched on!
I put on my Halloween playlist, and got cooking my Halloween feast!
A Ghostly Bake
For the main course I made a ghostly pasta bake! The recipe was very simple – I just cooked some pasta and stirred in a jar of sauce, some extra tomatoes and a tin of sweetcorn. On top of the bake I sprinkled some vegan ‘parmesan’ and salt and pepper.
To give the bake a Halloween twist, I made some ghosts and spiders to go on the top! I cut ghost shapes out a block of vegan cheese, and used bits of black olives to make eyes. To make the spiders, I cut up more black olives to make the bodies and legs.
I put the bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and then it was ready to eat! The ghosts had melted a bit which I think gave them even more of a ghostly effect. Some of the spiders looked like their legs weren’t attached, but overall I think they looked quite effective.
The bake was delicious and we enjoyed eating it!
A Spooky Cake
I wanted to make a Halloween cake, and I decided that a pumpkin cake would be the ideal flavour! I found this recipe online for a vegan pumpkin cake and I thought it sounded quite easy to make, and I had all the ingredients.
The instructions were easy to follow, and soon enough the cake was in the oven. I made the ganache, and once the cake had cooled down I smeared it all over the top.
I wasn’t sure how to decorate the cake because I wanted to do something Halloween themed but I didn’t have many decorative ingredients to work with, especially ones that would show up on the dark coloured ganache. In the end I decided to use flaked almonds to spell out the word ‘Spooky’ on the cake. Originally I was going to write ‘Happy Halloween’ but it soon became evident that would be too long to fit on the cake (and still be legible)!
This cake may not have been the most expertly made or decorated (and certainly wouldn’t win Bake-Off!) but I was proud of how it turned out.
The cake tasted delicious too, although everyone who tried it was surprised at first because it wasn’t how they expected it to taste. There was only a small amount of sugar in this cake so it wasn’t very sweet. Once people got used to the semi-savoury taste and the bitterness of the dark chocolate in the ganache, everyone said that they liked it. In the words of my dad, ‘it wasn’t a conventional cake’, but it was unique and I’m glad about that! I’m looking forward to eating some more of it tomorrow!
It was a ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Feast!
I really enjoyed cooking and eating a Halloween feast. It was a great way to celebrate Halloween and finish my Blogtober challenge.
Did you have a special Halloween meal this evening? I would love to know what you had! Let me know in the comments.
That’s it for Blogtober!
This blog post rounds off my 31 Blogtober posts! I’ve had a fantastic time doing loads of Autumnal and Halloween themed activities, and I’m proud that I managed to write a post every day, even if it meant I sometimes stayed up very late writing it!
I plan to write an evaluation post all about my Blogtober experience. It should be on my blog within the next week, so watch this space. One thing’s for sure, I am going to have a day off from posting on my blog tomorrow!
I hope you all had an enjoyable Halloween season too! I would love to hear your stories about what you got up to, so do stay in touch in the comments!