I have mixed feelings about posting Halloween recipes here on my blog. I enjoyed the Halloween pumpkin cupcake at True North in the above photo. Yet commercialisation of the day makes me uncomfortable. Halloween is very much about remembering the dead in our house. I grew up with the Catholic tradition of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The 31 October is the eve of the birth and death of Alex and Ian. We remember our sons with a lunch and cake on their birthday each year.
Some Halloween themes are creeping into the birthday food. I have started collecting ideas on my Halloween Pinterest board. Which had me dreaming of all sorts of weird and wonderful food art. When I told Sylvia that we would make some Halloween snacks, she was so excited. They looked like lots of fun to make. While I am sharing them here, I warn you that they were not as simple as they looked on Pinterest.
Kidspot. They make it look pretty easy too.
The cheese on the first few broomsticks I made crumbled and the chives broke when I tried to tie the cheesy bristles onto the pretzel broom handles (which were small because that was all I could find). I finally got the hang of it with spring onion ties but it was too hard for Sylvia.
I saw a pin where someone used dark grapes with blue corn chips for wings. It seemed a good idea to use cherry tomatoes and hold the bats up by shoving the toothpick into a chunk of cheese.
I apologise for only sharing a photo of the one bat we managed to get to stand up for a while. It was too difficult trying to get the rest to stand up - if the cherry tomatoes weren't so big that they fell over, the corn chip wings either drooped or were too heavy for the poor wee tomatoes. I wont be doing these again. Though the one that worked did look impressive overseeing the platter like an edible dark lord!
If I had had more time I would have made more. However I accidentally bought ones that weren't pitted which created challenges with cutting them up. I only made four of these because I was running out of time. They looked too good to eat and so I never tried one. All I can say is that a few hours later when we were clearing up the crackers were really soft.
I will post the monster cake and monster rice krispies from the lunch in the next day or two. Meanwhile, though you can also find them all over the blogosphere, here is my take on the cheese and pretzel broomsticks.
More Halloween recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
- Bat toast
- Black cat chocolate gingerbread
- Chocolate and pretzel spiderwebs
- Cracker spiders
- Ghost cake
- Owl and spider cupcakes
- Vampire cake
Cheese and pretzel broomsticks
From Kidspot (which has a useful video demonstration)
spring onion, preferable at least a few days old
sliced cheese (we used Swiss cheese)
Firstly take the floppy green end of the spring onions (trimming off any manky bits) and use a sharp knife to cut longways into very thin long pieces of spring onion.
Take a square of sliced cheese and cut in half. Use a sharp knife to cut slits into the cheese to make a fringe on the bottom half of the long edge. (I found it easier to handle if the slits were about 0.5cm and did not got any further up that halfway towards the top of the rectangle.)
Place the end of a pretzel stick along the edge of the cheese rectangle with the fringed bottom facing away from the pretzel. Roll the cheese around the pretzel so that you have a fringed bottom like a broomstick (as in the photos).
Place broomstick on a plate. I found mine quite fragile so it was best to put them where they were going to be and minimise handling.
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