Dubai: It’s almost Halloween. What could be more nostalgic than candy for treats and fall foods, which are all simmered dinners shared with loved ones. But there is more to the culinary tradition of Halloween than a trick or a treat.
The modern Halloween celebrated and popularized by America is actually an ancient pagan holiday called Samhain (pronounced like so een), where people dress up as saints and visit homes to collect treats or treats. Samhain is an Irish-Celtic festival, which means “end of summer” and was considered a time of reflection and a festival to remember the dead.
In Ireland, Colcannon – a traditional Irish dish based on mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale, apple cake, barmbrack – a sweet Irish bread stuffed with raisins (made from dried seedless green grapes) or raisins is commonly baked during this time.
The tradition of carved pumpkins or pumpkin lanterns as it is popularly called, traveled with Irish immigrants to America and over time it has become a tradition to cook fall food. A season to welcome winters, enjoy hot dishes and cook dishes from the seasonal pumpkin harvest.
Just in time for Halloween, Gulf News Food has 3 classic recipes to try for the Night of Scare:
1. Roasted pumpkin soup
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 45 minutes
3l vegetable broth water (or 3 tablespoons powdered vegetable broth in 3l water, optional)
Peel and cut the pumpkin into cubes first, then place it in the baking sheet, add oregano and olive oil to roast at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
In a large saucepan, put the butter and brown the onion, garlic and celery.
Then add the roasted pumpkin, vegetable broth and coconut milk.
Simmer 15 minutes until cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a soup bowl, place the pumpkin soup and add chopped chives for garnish.
Recipe courtesy: Chef Arman Guese, Mondoux, Dubaï
2. Whole stuffed pumpkin
Preparation time – 20 minutes
Cooking time – 1.5 hours
3 kg of pumpkin or a large pumpkin
2 white onions, roughly chopped, optional
1 tsp salt and pepper, or to taste
Scrape empty the pumpkin. Then set aside.
In a large nonstick saucepan, bring six cups of water to a boil. Then add the beef ribs and bay leaves. For more flavor, you can add two coarsely chopped white onions and cook slowly for 1.5 hours.
Once the prime rib is tender, add your black soybeans, white vinegar, oyster sauce and brown sugar. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
After simmering, the beef would be left with a bit of stew. Add salt, pepper, paprika powder. Mix well to combine.
Lower the heat to minimum. Dissolve the cornstarch with four tablespoons of water in a small bowl.
Pour this cornstarch mixture into your braised beef, stir, then turn off the heat. Serve stuffed inside the whole pumpkin. Finally, bon appétit!
Courtesy of the recipe: Chef Cassy Cattingan, HeyChef
A quick recipe for leftover pumpkin seeds
You can also use pumpkin seeds. While scraping, remove the seeds and set aside. Wash the seeds with water to clean them, you can throw them in a bowl of cold water to get rid of the fibrous tissue parts. Add the seeds to a saucepan filled with salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse the seeds.
Dry the seeds. You can keep them in the sun for 1 to 2 hours or in a hot oven for 2 to 3 hours. The drier the seeds, the better they will toast. Heat a skillet and dry roast for 15 to 20 minutes. Season with paprika, black pepper or any other herbs and spices of your choice.
3. Halloween candy
Preparation time – 5 minutes
Cooking time – 10 minutes
A mix of colors to choose from
1. Put the sugar, glucose and water in a saucepan and boil until the temperature reaches 160 degrees Celsius or about 7-8 minutes over medium heat. Add the color and flavor to the foods of your choice at this point.
Note: Make sure you buy silicone molds to have the shape of the pacifier. You can also use a muffin pan if you have it handy and ready for a treat that looks like a muffin.
2. When the mixture is hot enough, turn off the heat and immerse the saucepan in a container filled with water to begin to lower the temperature.
3. Pour the mixture into the mold and place lollipop sticks in the middle.
4. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
Recipe courtesy: Chef David Croiser
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