Halloween is one of my favorite pagan holidays… It’s just dark and depressive enough for me to feel at home. In Slavic tradition you’re supposed to have a feast for lost souls who are very active at that time.
From time to time I make a feast and invite people round. We eat, drink and sometimes watch films suitable for the occasion (depending on participants and how we feel).
My top Halloween films list consist of:
1. Sleepy Hollow – classic, beautifully shot, Depp at his best.
2. Beetlejuice – well, Tim Barton again, but he’s the man. I could put more of his films on the list but I’m going to refrain myself. I just say six words: Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas…
3. Misery – King again is the man, just like Burton, and this is one of his best adaptations. There are only two that compete and that’s the original Carrie directed by Brian De Palma (remake was not so good I’m afraid) and The Shining. Delicious…
4. Night of the Living Dead – I’m sorry but Romero kicked asses before Walking Dead.
5. The Exorcist – I’m drooling even thinking about it…Owen Roizman did a brilliant job as a cinematographer, eerie soundtrack gives me chills even now, the whole ‘curse’ surrounding the making of the film…what else would you ask for?
6. Most of the Hitchcock’s films. Bow to the master.
7. The Ring (Japanese original) – after watching it I couldn’t stay in a dark room on my own. I also used to freak out my sister by creeping up on her in the darkness with my hair down, or hiding behind the door, waiting for her to find me there…good times, good times…
8. Rosemary’s Baby – again, the music – lullaby by Krzysztof Komeda is the most haunting, atmospheric soundtrack ever. The film is also not too shabby…
I could go on and on, because there are so many good Halloween films, but there are lost souls to be fed…
So, when you are feeding souls, you can’t just go healthy, gluten free and wheat free. After all you have to make sure that the visiting souls are happy, high on calories and satisfied enough to go away. My proposition for this year’s feast are cupcakes filled with raspberry preserve and peanut butter icing.
Raspberry preserve and peanut butter cupcakes:
For the cupcakes:
120 g butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup xylitol (or sugar if you like living dangerously)
2 free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup spelt flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
raspberry preserve or jam (I use the sugar free St Dalfour’s one)
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line muffin tin with cases.
2. Cream butter and xylitol or sugar till pale. Add 1 egg at the time and mix. Add vanilla extract and milk. Sieve flour with baking powder into the mixture and fold gently.
3. Spoon the mixture into the cases until they are half full. Pipe raspberry jam or preserve into the cupcakes.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes till they are golden brown. Set aside to cool.
For the peanut butter icing:
1 cup of smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp cream cheese
1/3 heavy cream
1/2 cup agave syrup
1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl, beat together. Spread onto your cupcakes.