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Crafty Halloween idea: Spooktacular Salad!

Crafty Halloween idea: Spooktacular Salad!

Treat hungry trick or treaters to something to tuck into with our creepy skeleton salad bits & dip!

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This spooktacular salad is simple to make and is a great healthy treat for hungry trick-or-treaters.  Kids can get hands-on  arranging the different bones to create their own creepy creature!

Send us a photo of your creepy creations on Twitter or Facebook using #healthyhalloween.  We’d love to see what you come up with!

Ingredients:

  • Pepper
  • Courgette
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots (we used purple carrots for an extra spooky effect!)
  • Hummus
  • Olives
  • Large plate or chopping board
  • Small bowl

Step 1: Cut up the different components ready to arrange on a plate or chopping board.

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Step 2: Start arranging your skeleton.  Find a bowl for the head, it’ll be filled with dip later, but it’s great to get an idea of scale for the skeleton’s bones.

Courgettes cut into disks make a great spine, and red peppers are perfect for ribs.

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Step 3: Add arms and legs using celery and carrots.  Cauliflower and broccoli are a great way of creating hands and feet.

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Step 4:  Fill your bowl with dip and position as the skeleton’s head.

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Step 5:  Use cabbage or lettuce leaves for the hair and sliced olives for the skeleton’s eyes.  An off-cut from the pepper is perfect as a smiley mouth.

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Step 6:  Chop up any spare veg and put in a side bowl for everyone to get stuck in!

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Tuck into your tasty skeleton! Have a great Halloween and don’t forget to send us a photo!

 

 

 

 

kirsty’s blog – use your loaf

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In our house, my giant hound and I share different views on Hallowe’en and Bonfire night (or whatever you want to call them) – even before we get into the commercial nonsense debate.

I don’t like yo-yoing up and down to feed the trick or treaters, but he loves the attention every doorbell ringer gives him, even if they look like Freddy Krueger. I’m crackers for a firework, while he needs a sedative to get him through the season’s unidentifiable bangs.

Neither of us is that fussed about eating pumpkin though, particularly when there’s tastier squash around – however, if you took away an impossibly large orange orb from one of our Riverford Farm Pumpkin Days last weekend and you’re wondering what to do with all the innards once it’s carved, don’t dump them in the compost. Soup it up with curry spices or ginger to warm your hands in between lighting sparklers, or try this pumpkin and pecan loaf. The puréed pumpkin keeps the loaf moist and it’s easy to make, so it’s good for baking with the kids.

pumpkin & pecan loaf
To make your pumpkin purée, steam pieces of pumpkin flesh until tender. Leave in a colander to cool and drain off the excess moisture, then blitz in a food processor until smooth.

100g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
200g light brown sugar
1 large egg
100g pecans, roughly chopped (or use walnuts)
250g self-raising flour
1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
good pinch of salt
120ml milk
225g pumpkin purée

Butter a 1 litre loaf tin and line it with baking parchment. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat together until light and fluffy (use an electric hand mixer if you have one, it’s easier). Stir in the pecans and pumpkin purée. Add the flour and cinnamon and stir to combine (don’t over mix it). Stir in the milk. Pour into the tin. Bake at 180C for 50-60 mins, until a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 mins. Turn out onto a cake rack and leave to cool completely or serve slightly warm, in thick slices.

Get into the spooky spirit at our Pumpkin Days

pumpkin dayHead down to your nearest Riverford farm this autumn and join us for a spot of good old fashioned fun at our Pumpkin Days. There’ll be plenty to do for children and adults alike. And it’s free!

Activities include choosing your own pumpkin for Halloween, pumpkin carving and vegetable games. When that all gets too much, the kids can settle down to paint spooky pictures in the creativity area and take a tractor ride around the farm to see where we grow the veg for your boxes.

There’s lots for the grown ups too. Green-fingered types can meet the farmers who grow your veg and find out more about

organic farming, and keen cooks will pick up a tip or two in the seasonal cookery demos. And everyone will get a sneaky first taste of our Christmas food.

We’ll serve up plenty of organic food and drink for you to buy, including homemade varieties of pumpkin soup (try one of our all-time favourite pumpkin soup recipes on the opposite page).

So, we hope we’ll see you there. Entry is free and there’s no need to book. All welcome – bring a friend or two!

wash farm pumpkin day
saturday 29th october, 11am-4pm
Riverford on Wash Farm, Devon

sacrewell farm pumpkin day
saturday 29th october
Riverford on Upper Sacrewell Farm, Cambridgeshire

home farm pumpkin day
sunday 30th october, 11am-4pm
Riverford on Home Farm, Yorkshire

norton farm pumpkin day
saturday 29th october, 11am-4pm 
Riverford on Upper Norton Farm, Hampshire

kent pumpkin day
saturday 29th october, 11am-4pm
Hartley Lands Farm, Swattenden Lane, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3PS

see our events page