SAMHAIN FEAST TO SATISFY THE GHOULIES, GHOSTIES AND LONG-LEGGED BEASTIES
It is good practice for witches to leave a plate of food outside their homes to nourish the souls of the dead. But as long as you're preparing a feast to fill the bellies of your departed, share your bounty with friends in a Samhain-themed feast of creepy food, magical punch, ghost stories and spooky spiritual connections. These recipes will make enough for eight peckish pals and countless starving souls.
PERSEPHONE'S POMEGRANATE PUNCH (from www.goddessgift
4 litres pomegranate juice (or apple if you can't find a pomegranate tree)
1 litre apple juice
One cup honey
One cup water
2 cinnamon sticks, 20 cloves (whole), 20 cardamom seeds in a
One cup almond slivers
One cup dried cranberries
Bring juices, honey, and water to boiling point, then add spice bag of
cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Simmer for twenty minutes on medium low
heat. Add almonds and cranberries and simmer for an additional twenty
minutes. Best served warm. (You may like to use apple cider instead of
juice but beware, this may reduce your ability to scry the froth
lining your empty glass!)
MENACING MAGGOT STEW
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup flour + pinch salt, pepper, garlic powder in a zip-lock bag
500g cubed casserole steak
2 cans peeled whole tomatoes
500mL beef stock
1 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
3 carrots, sliced
1 cup fresh green beans, chopped
3/4 cup Orzo (or similar rice-shaped) pasta
Heat oil in a large pot. Coat casserole steak in the flour mix and
place into the pot, browning the meat on all sides. Add roughly
chopped tomatoes, stock, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then
simmer for an hour. Add carrots and beans and simmer another 45
minutes. Add pre-cooked orzo pasta (the `maggots') to the stew prior
to serving. Serve with the Roasted Ghosts on the side.
4 cups chopped potatoes
1/4 cup milk
1 crushed garlic clove
2 tablespoons cream cheese or grated parmesan cheese
Pinch salt, pepper
1 can kidney beans, drained
Boil potatoes until soft and mash with garlic, cheese, salt and pepper
until lump-free. Scoop the mash into a pastry bag and squeeze into a
ghost formation onto a lightly buttered baking tray. Press two kidney
beans into each ghost's head to create eyes. Blast the ghosts in the
oven at 175oC for 5 minutes before serving.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups chow mein noodles
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Melt chips in a small saucepan over very low heat and stir until
smooth. Remove from heat and stir in noodles and nuts until coated.
Drop spoonfuls onto a tray covered with waxed paper. Chill for 15
minutes or until firm. Store in a sealed container in a cool place –
if there are leftovers, that is!
The preceeding was a gift from Anita Ryan at
I hope you all enjoy and have a healthy, happy and safe Hallowmas!
Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.
"The path of true happiness is one of integrating and fully accepting all aspects of our experience." - Sharon Salzberg from "Loving Kindness"