Halloween is fast approaching. I never really used to like it, but now find myself buying the odd bag of sweets every week in my shop in readiness for when the kids come knocking. It seems to be getting more and more popular around our way. Yankee Candle have an amazing range out for Halloween this year. We tried the ‘licorice’ candle which is black, as the name suggests, and smells absolutely delicious. It’s like scenting your room with Black Jacks (remember those?). I’m also looking forward to testing some of their Christmas range too.
One of Charlie’s besties is having a Halloween party for his 16th and I thought I’d try and knock up some Halloween pumpkin fairy cakes using these ones from Pinterest for inspiration: I might go for some really rancid-looking bogey green icing too! If you need any more inspiration for Halloween baking, my lovely friend Helen over at Casa Costello has some amazing Halloween cookies, and Tara has some great ghostly cupcakes too.
If you’ve seen (or baked!) anything else for Halloween please do let me know, I’d love to have a look.
If you’re looking for a little something for the adults, why not try a traditional bloody Mary, but make it with gin instead of vodka (I like Martin Miller’s at the moment) – it’s called a Red Snapper and is deeelicious. In fact, I like it more than the vodka-based original.
Next up, of course is Bonfire Night (and British Sausage Week, 4th to 11th November!) To celebrate, I was sent a lovely hamper. Happily, it contained our current sausage of choice, the delicious Spoilt Pig sausage, which satisfy my ‘happy pig’ ethos and taste really nice too. They don’t ooze loads of fat, have a nice texture and don’t have any of those horrible gristly bits in that I particularly hate. The bacon jam was also a revelation! We’ll be eating our sausages smothered in my own barbecue sauce, baked in the oven and then stuffed into fresh baguette with loads of slow roasted onions. Yum.