This month has been going pretty well foodwise, I have a lot to show for my Halloween cooking frenzy! I almost made it to the end of the month, but just as sometimes I get on hot streaks, sometimes everything just comes out so so. I have a bunch of recipes this month that came out just meh – totally edible, but not delicious and exciting and something I’d want to share with the world. However, all of them are recipes I want to have in my Halloween repertoire, so I’m going to stick a pin in these until I have a chance to revisit:
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. These were good in theory, but they came out pretty bland. However, I love the idea, so I’ll be playing with these next time I feel ready to risk it. I mean, they got eaten, but I had let the dough sit 3 days because I was so excited about the chocolate chip cookie method, so that was 3 days of disappointment.
Soul cakes. These were actually pretty nice, just a spiced short bread, but I foolishly set the timer and didn’t check until the end and they got a little done (this was the least singed of the bunch). Wicked, vengeful oven. However, I am pretty happy about this pic, aren’t little kid hands holding Halloween stuff creepy? I need to slap a bluish filter on it to make it full scary movie.
Shrimp fra diavolo. Devil’s shrimp! This was ok, but I added rosemary to make it more autumny, which sounded like a good idea but quickly became overpowering. Also I used red wine instead of white wine because that’s mostly all we ever drink, and it tasted fine but came out a weird purple color.
So since my shrimp fra diavolo only came out ok, I thought I’d take it to Mexico for some Shrimp a la Diabla. This was actually decent, except for the sauce was atomic – I only added about a quarter of what I had made (was supposed to add the whole thing and thicken it). I mean, I get that’s the point for it to be super spicy – and we can handle spice! – but any more would have been over the edge.
Kaddhu ki sabzi (spicy pumpkin). So of course I’ve got to get some Pakistani food up in here. And again, this was ok, but not quite there, going to play with it a little more…and finally…
Kraken pasta! Squid ink pasta with braised and seared octopus. This was almost a success – I am feeling super smug about having cooked octopus for the first time and having it come out banging. The pasta was fine too (Zoeya certainly liked it, as you can see. And yes she wears her cricket uniform for pajamas sometimes). It just…didn’t feel cohesive. I just made a simple olive oil and garlic sauce, but I think I’ll have to make it again and throw in some more seafood and maybe a veggie.
I guess it’s kind of anticlimactic going out on a list of “failures”, but overall am pretty happy about what I accomplished this month. These are on THE LIST OF TO-MAKES. This week though I need to get out of the kitchen (I’ve got costumes to make, parties to plan, Twin Peaks to watch) so I’m going to do that before any more innocent pumpkins have to die. I wish you a ghastly and ghoulish holiday – Happy Halloween!