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Halloween Recipes

Anything to keep the children happy, and to counteract at least some of the sugar-shock induced by all that trick-or-treating… 

My children, when little, loved the Halloween food that follows, relishing most the grossness of the recipe names. But don’t be put off by the disgusting titles – these recipes are just the thing to set children (and accompanying adults) up for a night of marauding through the chilly streets, or to warm them up once they get home.

Slime Soup is not only extremely easy to make, but – as any pea and cheese soup would be – is addictively wonderful, especially if served with some Cheesy Feet cut into a Halloween shape of your choosing. Black spaghetti provides a very convincing Witches’ Hair, and as for Blood Clots and Pus – which I am inordinately proud of – you could hardly ask for a simpler or more hideously child-pleasing Halloween dessert.

Goo is most definitely good as far as my Devil’s Food Cake is concerned – the crumb is tender, the filling and frosting darkly, stickely luscious. But if it’s a Halloween knockout you are after, let me point you in the direction of Ghoul-Graveyard Cake. It’s not subtle - but, really, is this the night to be worrying about that?  If you feel so inclined, you can use the cake batter and icing to make Halloween cupcakes – you should get 12 out of the mixture – and feel free to decorate with ghoulish abandon. 

Which brings me to Creepy Cookies. These sugar cookies are easy to make and very forgiving – so get those Halloween cookie cutters out again and set to work. Add some instant royal icing and tubes of lurid decorating icing and unleash the dark recesses of your mind…

If your Halloween gathering is more a grown-up affair, I’d steer you towards Thai Yellow Pumpkin and Seafood Curry – easily whipped up after work – or the vegetarian-friendly showstopper Roast Stuffed Pumpkin with Gingery Tomato Sauce. Perhaps followed by Toblerone Fondue – afterall, why should the children have all the fun?

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6 children

This is just the thing to set children up for a night of marauding through the chilly streets trick-or-treating, or to warm them up…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes 16, or thereabouts

I have mentioned my cookie-cutter collection elsewhere, and knowing of children's predilection for the grosser things in life, how…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 4-6

It's a good idea to have something up your sleeve that you can cook quickly, and simply, when you've got friends coming over to supper…Read on


Posted by Nigella      Makes 3-4 bowls of pus

After the success of the blood clots, I felt confidently inspired to expand the theme by making up lime jelly with milk to create…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 10-12

Forget the name, this cake is heavenly. The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious.  When I made it one friday, I…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 12

OK, so this is my Meisterwerk. You can see how glorious it looks and you need to know now how easy it is to make. You just buy some…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Makes about 10 blood-clots

It's childish, but I think I am inordinately proud of this formulation (I can't call it a recipe): it's simple, therefore totally…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 6 children, give or take

I'm sure that children's rights activists will think it cruel and wrong to lie to children, but there is no way I would ever tell…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 16-20

I love a sugar-cookie, as they’re easy to make, roll out forgivingly and keep their form very precisely as they bake. This makes…Read on

Posted by Nigella      Serves 8-12

There is something so magnificent about a whole pumpkin stuffed with jewelled rice, that it doesn’t really need too many side…Read on

Posted by mallomars      Serves 0

A savoury pumpkin side dish, perfect for autumn. This is a great side to any roast -- absolutely sumptuous with pork or lamb. This…Read on

Posted by Suelang      Serves 3 or 4

Either eat as a main curry with steamed rice or add another Thai curry to make it a feast! Easy after work food. Serves 3 or 4 people…Read on

Posted by tootsievalentine      Serves 1 pie

Easy to make and not particularly time consuming. Simple but really scrummy with a lovely soft texture! Perfect comfort food for a…Read on

Posted by charlie&henry's_mom      Serves dependent on size

I know you're thinking making fresh donuts is too much of a chore but these are truly worth it. It's not so much of a chore, really.…Read on

Posted by mrs.m      Serves 8-10

These cookies are chewy, gooey, and perfect, in my opinion. Everything cookies should be. Your kids will love them, and so will the…Read on

Posted by Community      Serves 36

Yield: 36 Cupcakes Read on

Posted by Glitters      Serves 0

These sweet tarts are the perfect way to make the most of the scooped-out pumpkin flesh from the jack-o'-lantern.Read on

Posted by Glitters      Serves -

Perfect for Hallowe'en or Guy Fawkes night! Read on

Posted by aussiefi      Serves 0

Yum - and low fat! What more could you ask for?! Read on

Posted by Blankfrack      Serves 0

These are just as they sound. Scary!!!Read on

Posted by Raha Lane      Serves 12

These are great for dunking in milk, tea, coffee, or in any witch's brew!Read on

Posted by LittleChef123      Serves 1

Delicious new way to eat hotdogs! Ideal for bangers and mash on Bonfire Night - this would also make a delicious dip for a kids Hallowe'en…Read on

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