Spooky food and delicious nibbles for cold winter evenings spent outside

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Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.
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Parkin

Parkin is the easiest cake ever.....even if you don't think you can make cake, you can make this. It's traditionally served around Bonfire night
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Vanilla Fudge

Making fudge with someone who means a lot to you is a right of passage for any child, be it a grandparent, parent, auntie or family friend. Just don't eat it too often and always brush your teeth well afterwards.

Jelly Brains for Halloween

These take around 20 minutes to set due to use of Geloozoon or Gellan Gum, a molecular gastronomy powder which makes instant setting jelly. If you don't have any of this in your kitchen (!) then you can use agar agar which sets pretty quickly or gelatine*.
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Halloween cupcakes and glow in the dark icing

The children at Splat Cooking's Saturday morning club decorated Halloween cupcakes this weekend and here are the amazing photos.  We also made glow in the dark icing, although it's not really glow in the dark as you need a black or UV light…
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Beetroot and Walnut Hummus - great for Halloween

Beetroot hummus is healthy, packed with vitamins and antioxidants and also brilliant for using at Halloween parties for a gruesome purple dip.
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Soda Bread

Soda bread has to be the easiest bread on the planet, no kneading, no proving and really quick to make, add sundried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds for extra flavour and crunch.
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Pumpkin Soup

A lovely warming soup, great for sharing on Halloween or Bonfire Night. If you can get hold of small squash or mini pumpkins try slicing the top off, scooping out the seeds and using them as a bowl to serve the soup in, looks amazing
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Halloween Soul Cakes

Ingredients: makes 12 cakes good pinch of saffron 2 teaspoons milk, and a little extra 150g butter 150g caster sugar 2 eggs 500g plain flour 1 tablespoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon allspice 3 tablespoons currants How to make soul cakes…