No pumpkins, no dressing up, no sugar hangovers. My family seems to have finally grown out of halloween. Hoo-bloody-ray.
But if you are up to your elbows in pumpkin guts these posts might help. All the ideas will work with any kind of pumpkin or winter squash, butternut squash for instance, and will probably be nicer than a tasteless, watery carving pumpkin.
This year, halloween for me is all about the Rugby World Cup final. I'm backing the All Blacks because I like the haka and Dan Carter plus they're going to win (sorry Aussies).
I made quince brandy as a change from my usual quince vodka. The old-fashioned term for a drink made by steeping fruit and sugar in spirits is a ratafia. I rather like that. I made this ratafia exactly the same way as this substituting brandy for vodka.
October you have been glorious.