Get together with friends this Halloween and have some fun!
28th September 2010
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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…


Beef Stew


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

Beef stock

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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Becca A

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I live at the edge of a pretty little town at the foot of the Malvern Hills, where days are long and always sunny, my house tidy, cupboards full, and the washing pile non existent...hmm maybe not.

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