It’s that time of year again! Crack out your pumpkins and cobwebs for these festive Halloween treats. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, hosting a spooky gathering, or just getting into the Halloween spirit, these recipes will hit the spot.
There are few treats as comforting and delicious as freshly baked bread, and we often forget how easy it is to make. One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 is to try new recipes and make more meals from scratch. Whilst watching Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers, I discovered this soda bread recipe.
I pondered the concept of home baking as I strolled through a Tesco Extra. There were aisles and aisles of baked goods ranging from humble ginger breads, apple crumbles and sticky toffee puddings to lavish chocolate éclairs, profiteroles, and citrus tarts. In addition to these categories of tarts and fruit breads, you have the basic muffins and scones, and then the next levels of fruit scones and chocolate chip scones, and each of these then has its own numerous subtypes. Choices are overwhelming.
In his cooking, my dad goes through intense periods of experimentation with single dishes. At one point, when my parents were first dating, they found themselves in a tiny urban apartment with enough quarter-eaten lasagnas in the freezer to survive a nuclear attack. There was beef lasagna, veggie lasagna, white lasagna; I wouldn’t be surprised if my dad had a recipe for dessert lasagna tucked up his sleeve. He’s gone through the same process with chocolate mousse, stewed fruit and, every summer, with ribs. This summer I discovered I’ve inherited this slightly obsessive gene.