To all Nora's readers, I hope you're having a delicious Wednesday. I’m Hilary from Let Her Bake Cake, here to make your day that little bit tastier with a guest Wednesday round-up of deliciousness. Given that Halloween is coming up on Saturday, I thought I’d treat you (pun intended!) to a review of the week's best Halloween fare.
First, dinner. Before heading out to that fancy dress party or herding some small people trick or treating, you’ll need sustenance. To me, autumn food means simple, one pot cooking… and it often seems to involve chickpeas. This spicy squash and chickpea curry from Kitchenist, simple tomato and chickpea soup from The English Kitchen and spiced sweet potatoes and chickpeas from Sprouted Kitchen would all give you energy for the night ahead. If you’re not into chickpeas (though I can’t imagine why), these individual aubergine parmigianas over at The British Larder or a dish of baked ziti and sausage from Mark Bittman, one of my fave food writers, are both hearty enough to keep you warm on a cold night.
For dessert, it’s got to be pumpkin. I’ve been dreaming about Dinner with Julie's pumpkin spice bread pudding since laying eyes on it earlier this week. And Apple and Spice's pumpkin and chocolate version is such a neat take on self-saucing puddings, don’t you think? A simpler option would be The Food Librarian's pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake, and, although it's an odd choice for October, nothing can beat this pumpkin milkshake at Closet Cooking for sheer ingenuity!
If you’re the driven, type-A, supermum/dad/anything sort, you might even try making your own Halloween treats rather than raiding the supermarket sweets aisle. Canadian food writer Lucy Waverman has some terrifically simple recipes for making childhood favourites at home – I might try out the homemade gummy worms tonight if I'm feeling particularly type-Aish after dinner.
Or take your cue from these crafty bloggers: