chocolate biscuit shards

Halloween night, the small one got invited to go trick or treating with his school friend. We live in the countryside so from his very first Halloween at three months old, we have buckled his little dressed up self, safely into the car and spent the evening driving from Nanny to grandad and Uncle to Aunt in a quest to fill his little pumpkin shaped bucket.

Unlike me, he had never experienced the thrill of running up a garden path… ringing a doorbell… standing back to wait eagerly for it to be opened… the trick or treat chorus… or the end treasure… a handful of monkey nuts, an apple or a few pennies. How all that’s changed… Now behind those closed doors lie boxes filled with party bags, filled with candy, ready to be handed out to little dressed up ghouls and ghosts. By the third house the small one had got the hang of it and was gone like a bat out of hell, up and down the driveways of the estates, eyes and smile growing madly wider behind his zombie painted face, as his overflowing pumpkin bucket (yes we still use it) had to be replaced by a larger festive bag. Click here for Recipe



mini doughnuts

Growing up my mum nearly always allowed me to play forward my birthday party to Halloween. I would invite my friends over who would arrive in fancy dress and we’d bob for apples and play lots of enchanting games while my mum prepared the party food. Once it turned dusk and we had devoured all of those goodies, it was time to grab a bag each and set off trick-or-treating for more.

This is how traditions are born… these past few years I find myself doing the same… only now I’m the one throwing the Halloween party for my small one. In turn, I teach him and his little friends all the old-time games which I played and bake lots of ghoulish food for them to feast on, which is all worth the effort when you see their freshly painted faces light up when I produce my newest spooky edibleness. Continue reading on


pumpkin pinata

Halloween pumpkin pinata

Midterm is nearly upon us again and we’ll soon be looking for ideas to keep our small ones busy during their Halloween break. So I’ve got just the thing and even though there’s no baking involved… there is still flour… and there is definitely messiness, which lets face it, our kids love. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Halloween pumpkin piñata. Continue reading “pumpkin pinata”

Orange mousse trifle

You know how you look forward to that one day and all of a sudden it’s upon you… and you want it to last, so you try to stall it, but it arrives anyway… and passes in a blink of an eye.

Orange mousse trifle

Well it’s that day now… All Hallows’ Eve… and I’m feverish because I’ve so much to do. You see I have a small gathering planned for tomorrow and I’ve promised the small one a little Halloween bash of his own today so my morning will be filled with baking for both parties.

Then there’s the final decorations to be hung, goodie bags to be filled with festive treats for our scary little guests and spooky games to be set up for them to play. Continue reading “Orange mousse trifle”

Spooky chocolate cakes

Ah, the day is getting closer… candy is being purchased by the bucketful, recipes are being bookmarked, costumes are being made and decorations are being dusted off and hung.

Spooky chocolate cakes

Since the small one was old enough to understand and enjoy Halloween I have bought little items each year to dress up the house – inside and out – and have now built up a collection of eerie decorations that would put Jack Skellington to shame.  Continue reading “Spooky chocolate cakes”

Sweet Pumpkin cake

As soon as the small one was back at school I took the opportunity to close the door on the summer and embrace the lead in to Halloween. I found myself searching through cookbooks in early September, for a simple and delicious yet speedy pumpkin recipe to bake and share.

Sweet pumpkin cake

And most of the recipes are simple. I realised that it’s the preparation of the pumpkin that I find so time-consuming and it’s not the laziness within me… it’s more to do with my constant impatience paired with an eagerness to see how my newest creation will turn out and of course taste. Continue reading “Sweet Pumpkin cake”