As regular readers will know, we hold a lunch each year around Halloween to remember our twin boys. It has been difficult holding any gatherings since Covid hit almost 3 years ago so it was nice this year to have my parents visit to remember with Sylvia and her dad. Sylvia and I had a lovely time planning the lunch. As usual we spent time going through Pinterest for fun ideas.
I took a day of leave for the lunch but worked the previous day. Fortunately Sylvia was at home and able to bake cookie shapes while I worked. (I loved that there was some Halloween decoration in the lift lobby at work.) I would share the recipe Sylvia used for the cookies but it came from in her head with just one phone call to me to discuss how hot and long the cookies should bake.
The birthday cake was very simple. I made a favourite vegan chocolate cake. (Unlike the linked recipe I baked it in a 20cm round cake tin rather than 2 x 15cm cake tins.) We made a simple buttercream of butter, icing sugar, lemon juice and a little water as needed. Sylvia decorated it with oreo cookies and shoestring licorice to look like Jack Skellingtonn (from the Nightmare Before Christmas film).
And because we had bought oreos and shoestring licorice, Sylvia decided to make some oreo spiders. They were pretty simple. She separated the two sides of an oreo, used some melted white chocolate to attach the 8 licorice legs and placed the other side of the cookie back on. She used an edible pen to draw eyes on some white (scream) m&ms and stuck them to the top with more melted white chocolate.
They looked pretty cute. Sylvia also made some savoury spiders with olives, stuffed with cream cheese and a caper. She poked 8 holes in the olive and poked 8 rosemary legs in these holes. Then she cut out some Swiss cheese into a circle that sat on water crackers and she stuck the olive spiders on a blob of cream cheese.
We had fun putting most of the spooky food on a Halloween platter that you can see at the top of this post. The cookies and spiders were the stars but we also packed it with grapes, crackers, sausage mummies, poky, red capsicum, yellow baby tomatoes, cheetos, popcorn, strawberries.
We had a smaller platter that was less impressive but a bit healthier. Bread, cheese, guacamole dip (another of Sylvia's specialties), grapes, raspberry cheese, crackers, sausage mummies and red capsicum. It was a fine lunch with generous slices of Jack Skellington chocolate cake. Lovely!