Wednesday, October 30, 2013

{Party Food} Goblin Pies

Just time to sneak in one last Halloween recipe.  These yummy Goblin Pies are delicious straight from the oven or you can make them in advance and reheat them. 

You will need

1 packet of frozen or fresh Chicken Mince (defrosted)
1 Packet of puff pastry
1 Onion fine dice
1 Carrot grated
1 teaspoon garlic
3 tablespoons of turkey gravy
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried chives
½ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Filling
Brown chicken mince in a hot fry pan and add garlic, onion, carrot, and dried herbs.  Sauté for a few minutes until the onion starts to brown.  Add the turkey gravy powder and water, reduce heat and simmer until thick, set aside until cool.

Pre Heat Oven 400 degrees and prepare a roasting pan or cookie sheet with baking paper sprayed with cooking spray.

For each goblin pie you will need 2 x 4 to 5cm circles of pastry. Place one piece of pastry on the baking tray and add a tablespoon full of the pre cooked chicken mix in the centre of it. With the second piece of pastry cut out eyes and a mouth. I found using a piping nozzle worked best, and the number 3 cutter was great for a scary mouth. Once you have created the eyes and mouth you must brush water on the base piece of pastry to help join the pieces together, then lay the face over the chicken mince filling and press firmly around the edges, some mix will come out the eyes and mouth but this makes them look more goblin like!  Spray cooking spray on top of the pies

Bake the pies for 15 to 18 minutes or until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. Remove the pies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes. Makes 24 pies. 

You can make them in advance and then reheat them at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes prior to serving. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

{Party Food} Mummy Hotdogs

How cute are these Mummy Hotdogs from Megabite Catering. But the best thing is they are super easy to make! 

You will need

1 packet of frozen or fresh hot dogs (defrosted)1 Packet of puff pastryMustard or food colour pens for the eyes

Pre Heat Oven 200º and use a roasting tin or cookie sheet with baking paper and spray with cooking spray, the best one is Parade buttered flavored. (Megamart has it)

For each mummy, unpack the hot dogs rinse and pat dry with paper towel.

Separate defrosted pastry on to a cutting board, then with a knife slice the pastry to the required thickness I have found thinner is better but it will take more time wrapping.

Wrap one strip at a time snugly around the hot dog. Depending on the size of the hot dog, you may not need 2 of 3 strips of pastry. Leave about 1/2 inch of hot dog exposed for the face area and continue wrapping the top of the hot dog.If you are using food color pens put the eyes on the hot dogs before baking, if mustard put them on once you have cooked them.

Spray butter cooking spray on top of the mummies. Bake the mummies for 15 to 18 minutes or until the pastry wrapping is golden brown.

Remove the mummies from the oven and cool them for 5 minutes.  Makes 12 mummies. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

{Inspiration} Free Halloween Printables

For any of you inspired to throw your own Halloween party we have a treat for you today! It's from our friends over at Imagine-Design- Cre8. It includes EVERYTHING. Water bottle labels, banner, food labels/place name cards, toppers, tent cards and more! 

To download your free printables click here

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

{Party Time} Science Party

What better party theme for an inquisitive 8 year old than science!? And what a fantastic theme to keep a bunch of 8 years olds busy for a few hours. 

After deciding on a colour scheme of blue and green with some orange and yellow thrown in to brighten things up, we went to work. It was great fun coming up with different ideas that all related back to science. 

The table setting looked great with a lime green table cloth and all the other colours adding in to give it vibrancy. The guests all received a professor name badge / Laboratory ID on arrival and then got to work on their science experiments. 

The guests had a blast with the science experiments. They started with talking about freezing points and making ice cream, then they looked at chemical and physical reactions by making giant geysers with Mentos and diet soda. The young scientists learned about decibels and got to measure some sound and then finished by making a periscope (and doing a little spying on each other from behind the table). Of course we finished the party with a piñata because you know how much we love a piñata! 

For the food we went for traditional party food. The menu included mac & cheese, chicken sliders, string cheese (the string cheese theory went over the children's head but I was amused by it!), sausage rolls and spring rolls. 

On the sweet side of things there were colour coordinated M&Ms, jelly beans and amazing test tube cookies.

Abby from Simply Sugar Designs made these amazing cup cake toppers that we used on lemon meringue cupcakes. Usually we take the safe option and go for vanilla or chocolate cupcakes but it was refreshing to see the children gobble these up. 

On the drinks side of things we couldn't really go wrong with toxic lemonade. Of course the boys thought this was fabulous! 

Take home goodies were toxic waste treats and more amazing cookies by Abby! (along with their hand made ice cream and periscope).

Cookies & Cupcake Toppers by Simply Sugar Designs
Printables by Imagine | Design | Cre8

Saturday, October 5, 2013

{Inspiration} Healthy Halloween

A little Halloween humour to start the week.  Q. What do ghosts serve for dessert? 
A. I scream! Ha ha! Anyway here are some inspiration for some healthier treats to offset all that ice cream and candies at Halloween Parties.

Find the details on how to make these Halloween Healthy treats from these following websites (clockwise from the top) -