Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Day of the Dead, Samhain. By whatever name you call it, this night finishes with the famous All Saints Day which falls on the 1st November. With this tradition being well known around the world, a lot of us don’t know the true origin of how it began or why we closely associate Pumpkins, carved into Jack-o-lanterns, as our mascots for the night. Halloween, which takes place on the 31st October, is one of the most magical nights of the year, with the young and old dressing up in their scariest (or funniest) costumes they can.
This all began firstly as the festival of Samhain as part of ancient Celtic Tradition in Britain and other parts of Europe, where at the end of summer they felt as if the barrier between our world and the other worlds where ghosts and spirits lived, got very thin and would allow them to cross into our world and wonder the night. This is why the Celts had begun this tradition of hosting big parties, to scare away these ghouls and this is how the parties of Halloween began and theme of costumes started.
Jack-o-lanterns are the real name for the carved pumpkin and it all stemmed from having protection on Halloween night from the evil ghosts and ghouls that wander around with mysterious powers. Its glowing face is supposed to scare away any bad spirits and ideally to be left burn outside your house on Halloween night. In Ireland, we initially made these Jack-o-lanterns out of turnips but when a lot Irish immigrated to America, they couldn’t find enough turnips to create the lanterns so they opted for the popular pumpkin instead.
It’s very obvious that pumpkin is not only used as a decoration at Halloween, but it has now become a staple ingredient in creating the ideal autumn menu. Without actually directly using pumpkin as an ingredient, this combination of spices is now being used to flavour many dishes called Pumpkin Spice. It’s very easy to create and it’s the perfect way to add a twist to many of your deserts or drinks.
How to make your own Pumpkin Spice:
o 3 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
o 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
o 2 Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
o 1 ¼ Teaspoons Ground All Spice
o 1 ½ Teaspoons Ground Cloves
Firstly, we recommend using Measuring Spoons as it’s important to be accurate while mixing each ingredient. You simply measure as stated and mix all together in a mixing bowl, and store in a dry place. We would recommend storing in one of our many choices of Glass Jars available as this is a stylish solution to preserving your mix.
How to Serve
There are many ways you can enjoy this mix; as part of a pie, mixed into a hot chocolate, baked into cookies or even the classical pumpkin spiced latte.
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