If you fancy getting together with friends and family this Halloween, why not make it a night to remember! Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to dress up and have a wicked time with the kids.
There’s nothing better than a warming stew on a cold night, and lets face it, they’re easy to prepare and pretty much look after themselves once the prep is done. I found this recipe to try…
2 lbs. beef, cut into 1″ cubes
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 large potatoes, peeled & cut into 1″ cubes
4 medium carrots, sliced
1 large green pepper, cut into ½” pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp salt/½ tsp pepper
14½ oz. diced tomatoes
1 pumpkin (10-12 lbs)
Brown beef in 2 tbsp oil, add flour, stock, potatoes, carrots, green pepper, garlic, onion, salt & pepper. Cover & simmer for 2 hours. Add tomatoes. Wash pumpkin; cut a 6-8″ circle around top stem. Remove top & set aside; discard seeds & loose fibers from inside.
Place pumpkin in a shallow sturdy baking pan. Spoon stew into pumpkin & replace the top. Brush outside of pumpkin with remaining oil. Bake at 325°F for 2 hours or just until the pumpkin is tender (do not over bake). Serve stew from pumpkin, scooping out a little pumpkin with each serving.
For a spooky treat get the children busy making Lollie Ghosts.
Perfect for little ones, but adults are sure to enjoy them too, especially if like me they have a sweet tooth.
Take a lollie pop and cover it with a piece of white tissue paper, tie it at the base of the sweet with a piece of white thread. Let the children draw their ghosts eyes and face with a marker pen, paint or even glitter. When finished push the lollie sticks into a halved, covered potato and use as a table decoration.
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