Hallowe'en Cooking for the Kids
We have some seriously spooky stuff that the kids can help with – perfect for the mid-term break. Not only will carrots help you see in the dark, but they can be made into great ‘Halloween x-ray vision’ party fare.
So why not get the kids to “give you a hand” creating Frankenstein Fingers from baby carrots, using flaked almonds as finger nails and assembling them into a pot of slimy green guacamole. Sheep’s eyes are a doddle too, simply top the sliced carrots with a blob of sour cream and then sliced grapes or olives and arrange the eyes in pairs on a serving plate.
Kids will love decorating Spooky Carrot Muffins with iced spiders, pumpkins and ghosts and they’ll be great for any trick or treaters too. Jacket potatoes with chilli lamb and carrot topping are another delicious party option for children and adults alike.
And they’re all dead easy to prepare.
Frankenstein Fingers and Sheeps’ Eyes
For a bit of Halloween fun, try these spooky ideas! They are quick and easy and get the kids eating veg too!
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Halloween Carrot Muffins
Older children could make these on their own, with an adult just keeping an eye on things, or you can make the muffins up and let younger kids decorate them when they’ve cooled.
Writing icing is available from the bakery section in good supermarkets - for example, Superquinn have Dr Oetker Writing Icing at €4.62 for a pack 5 individual tubes of red, yellow, black, white and green icing and there’s also a Supercook range that should be easy to find. Kitchen Complements (www.kitchencomplements.ie) stock the Wilton range of writing icing and they also have various Hallowe’en themed cookie cutters etc.
You can also get instant royal icing, which you could colour up to match your own theme.
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