Halloween is just around the corner and, like our Sunday guest blogger Khadine, I too love this Holiday.
Trick or Treat!
Back when we were kids, my Mother used to make our costumes. I remember always wanting to be something pretty; ballerina, fairy or princess were usually my top three favorites during those years. I just loved dressing up and, of course, I absolutely loved the trick or treating part of it; especially knowing that I was going to get massive amounts of Snickers, Twix bars and Kit-Kats. I couldn't care less about the Sweet Tarts, Bazooka gums or Tootsie Rolls; for me it was always about the chocolate. Well, as you all know by now, it still is!
Now, let's fast forward a good ten years. I was now a sixteen year old and my little sister Malen only three. I remember taking her out trick or treating in her Belle costume. She absolutely loved the dressing up part and I loved the childhood memories and reliving that old Halloween feeling from way back when I was a kid. Afterwards, my sister Lisa, my cousins and I would cuddle up in the family room to watch classic scary movies like The Shinning, Poltergeist, and The Exorcist. It was a lot of fun but I must admit that nowadays I don't have the guts to watch any of those films; actually, I pretty much hate watching horror movies.
During my late teens and twenties Halloween was a huge production. My motto was clearly dress to impress and to look all glamorous, sexy and always beautiful...None of that scary crap; this night was about going all out. Through the years, I've been Tinkerbell, Wonder Woman, Marilyn Monroe and Jeannie, among other fabulous characters. Never have I been able to go all gory or scary for a Halloween party...Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it's just not me. During those years it was all about the cute and sexy outfits...Well, now that I think about it, it still is! Two weeks ago Enrico and I went to a party dressed as Cleopatra and Mark Anthony...Need I say more?
When Lucia was born, I got to chose her three first Halloween costumes, since she didn't really know anything about the Holiday. First year she was a cute tiger, second year she was wonder girl and last year she was a mouse ballerina. Ever since she turned three, she's been dreaming about Halloween...I want to be Aurora and Jasmine, Mama! Just a few months ago we went on a family vacation around the Mediterranean and, in Turkey, we got her a real Jasmine costume. As you can imagine, she's been wearing it since day one and cannot wait to go out trick or treating with her pink (of course!) Jasmine outfit.
Joaquin, on the other hand, being the second child and learning from the master, at age two knows exactly what he wants to be for Halloween. Having said that, I only got to choose his first costume and this year he decided to be the cutest Spiderman you could possibly imagine.
In the last couple of weeks we've been embracing what Halloween is all about; from pumpkin carving to pumpkin patches, and from adult costume parties to kid friendly Halloween parties. Believe it or not, we've been watching scary movies such as The Corpse Bride and The Black Cauldron...Again, this is as scary as I get these days! No more REDRUM or They're back! for me; although I am sure that in just a couple of years the kids will probably get into the scary, the gory and the sexy Halloween too...It is literally all going to come back to haunt me! Ay Mama!
For today's recipe, my Mother shared a very easy pumpkin cream soup with me that it is to die for!
Pumpkin and Coconut Soup
-4 cups pumpkin puree
-1 can unsweetened coconut milk
-1/4 tsp. nutmeg
-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
-Salt to taste
To make puree, boil the pumpkin in vegetable broth until soft. Blend with some broth so that it is a bit creamy in texture.
Add coconut milk, nutmeg, cayenne and salt. Blend. Make sure the consistency is thick, like a cream soup.
Add chopped cilantro on top before serving. Buen provecho!