Why not celebrate Halloween with a terrifying dinner? Halloween is here and some of you may be hosting a party at home. Decorations, spider webs…I leave that to you but I want to give you some ideas to make terrific & delicious Sides for you dinner. These 3 recipes have one common ingredient, can you guess what it is?, PUMPKIN. It is the true symbol of Halloween. But Have you ever think about why is it a pumpkin?
Let’s start with a bit of History. Halloween as we know it today comes from the Irish festival Samhain. It is believed that Samhain originated from the United States which holds some truth. Around 1850, many Irish people emigrated to America and introduced the festival Samhain to the other side of the Atlantic. It has been always celebrated the evening of October 31st marking the end of the summer harvest and the start of the dark days of Winter. Traditionally, Irish people carved large turnips and placed a candle inside. They placed them on their windows to show respect to the departed and also to prevent malevolent spirits from entering their homes. Halloween is a Celtic tradition and as you can see they were quite superstitious.
But a turnip turning into a pumpkin? Sorry I left the best for the end but I had to tell you the story of this Irish tradition now that I’m living in Dublin. Irish people living in America were finding it hard to find turnips so they start to buy pumpkins instead. So this is how the Irish adapted to their new land without losing their culture and traditions.
This story has had many variations and there are many legends as you can imagine. The Legend of “STINGY JACK” is one of the most popular. Jack was a very evil man. When Jack died God would not allow such an unsavoury figure into heaven. But the Devil didn’t allow Jack into hell neither. So the legend goes that Jack was condemned to roam around the Earth since then and he make a light from a carved-out turnip to guide him.
You can take the version that you like the most 😉 I was surprised about how old this tradition is and how popular it has become. Hopefully we too can manage to preserve the traditions and legends of our own ancestors.
Storytelling is over so let’s go back to the Halloween recipes. My suggestion are these 3 Savoury & Healthy side dishes make with Pumpkin to have at a Halloween party down to the smallest detail.
Hearty and easy to make sweet & savoury pumpkin snack. A healthy and rich alternative to fries that takes 25′ from start to finish. I love one ingredient recipes like this in which you taste the real flavour of it.
Roasted pumpkin hummus with peanuts & homemade tortilla chips. I was waiting for the perfect moment to make this recipe and what better time that Halloween night! I’m a hummus lover and this pumpkin hummus with the crunchy peanuts if much better that classic hummus. The sweetness of the pumpkin combined with the spiciness of the cayenne pepper makes this hummus a surprisingly delicious combination.
This is a nourishing superfoods salad made with buckwheat and tasty roasted pumpkin. Buckwheat is a bit nutty with a similar texture to couscous but bigger in size so it is perfect grain for salads. It is a gluten-free seed similar to quinoa with even better health benefits. It is a less refined alternative to wheat high in fibre and a great source of protein. Try it out and let me know what you think.
I hope you enjoy these terrific pumpkin recipes. I look forward to seeing your Halloween costumes and your food photos on Instagram with the hashtag #shoothecook! Enjoy you Halloween party!