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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 07:17    Post subject: The Halloween thread .. Reply with quote

What's everyone doing for Halloween this year? ... we'll probably be making a bucket load of pumpkin soup again and watching a horror film, money's tight so full streaming films on Youtube will probably be how we spend the night... The Haunt looks to be the best one so far, I've just got to make sure it's not a foreign film, only because my girlfriend refuses to watch subtitled films ..

(weird costume but pretty great)

http://imgur.com/a/MOkqH
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 10:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't get any trick-or-treaters anymore.

They know not to bother me.
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I put a large bowl of sweets out front last year (and decorations) with a polite note on the door asking them not to ring the doorbell. The Polish kids were especially really nice about that. All the kids were with adults anyway. We weren't bothered by anyone but I can't afford to do that this year sadly.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 12:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

The year before last no trick or treaters, ended up eating the sweets ourselves, last year the reverse I ended up having to scoot down to Co-op to buy more as we'd run out. This year the missus is away so I probably won't do anything (feel a bit weird).
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 13:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swifty wrote:
I put a large bowl of sweets out front last year (and decorations) with a polite note on the door asking them not to ring the doorbell. The Polish kids were especially really nice about that. All the kids were with adults anyway. We weren't bothered by anyone but I can't afford to do that this year sadly.


Give them the JW treatment then. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 14:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trick or treating certainly goes in (unpredictable) cycles, in my area.

Some years we'll get lots, other years only a few. I think we only had two groups last year.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 18:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

I shall do my usual. Retire to my bedroom with the laptop playing a random Hammer film, in the dark so trick or treaters think I'm not home.

Bah Humbug (or whatever the Halloween equivalent is) Devil
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 18:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I buy a bag of kids' sweets in case anyone knocks at the door, and happily eat the left overs! I usually see a couple of children, often with an adult.
I've never had any trouble from them (touch wood!).
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 18:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I have a gig to go to for Halloween this year.

Also I started work on some Christmas music early which is coming out closer to Haloween music. Twisted Evil

Oh, and I made pumpkin muffins. Amazing how you can cook a while pumpkin down to 200g of usable imgredient that you're not sure if you can actually taste in the end product. Confused
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 18:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

A regular feature of my childhood was the inevitable attempts by my mother to make something appetising out of the pumpkins her kids had disembowelled to make jack-o-lanterns. Flans, pies, vol-au-vents, you name it, she tried it, and it was always fucking horrible and ended up in the bin. I used to feel so guilty, being physically unable to bear the taste and texture after she'd worked so hard on making us a seasonal treat.

It is only recently that I have learned that the carving pumpkin is not bred to taste nice, and that it's the distinctly different cooking pumpkin that she should have been using all along.

If I could be bothered, I would make a pumpkin lantern to decorate the front garden in a spooky manner to ensorcel passing children. But I probably won't, and to be honest my main motivation for typing this post was the opportunity to use the word 'pumpkin' repeatedly, as it is a personal favourite. If ever a noun 'fitted' its referent like a glove, it's that one.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 20:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

After work I shall be joining my wife at a friends house. Need to get a fancy dress costume sorted actually.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 20:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, when I was a kid, my Mum cooked up some in a flan. We didn't do that again, it was awful.
My Mum was great for experimenting with different foody things when we were little. Smile
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 21:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're having a Halloween shin dig at work but to be honest I'm a tad worried. The costume I have hanging in the wardrobe hasn't been worn in quite sometime but if it fits I'll be there as the fat Indiana Jones.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 21:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

A pumpkin pie recipe that's easy to make, and the pie tastes great!


Will Squirrel's Pumpkin Pie

Mix Together:

2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin
3 beaten eggs
1 cup sugar
one half cup buttermilk
one half stick melted butter (or margarine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
one half teaspoon lemon juice

Mix thoroughly and pour into deep pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 400F, then complete baking for 40 minutes at 350F. Allow the pie to cool and serve with whipped cream.
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PostPosted: 16-10-2014 22:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, so what does 'cooking pumpkin' taste like? Presumably it has some gustatory resemblance to some kind of fruit, rather than congealed phlegm like the cooked flesh of its carving cousin.

One of the things that always made me think Yanks were weird was the way they had this big thing for pumpkin pie, which given my experience I held to be an unimaginable perversion practised on a national scale. But it's impossible for an entire nation to be that mad, so I suppose it must taste quite nice if you use the right version of the vegetable.

Nearest comparison? Is it like butternut squash or gala melon, for example?
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