5 Oct 2017

Autumn Menu with a Hint of Halloween

Delved into my bookmarks and consulted good old oracle Pinterest in order to compile an Autumn menu with recipes slightly out of the ordinary, without obsessing about it - and a hint of the unexpected. It had to be a poetic menu to spell out loud, with each dish almost akin to a verse by Edgar Allan Poe...

Think velvety monochrome textures, smoked flavours, dark syrupy fruit, gooey sauces, messy blends, unusual colours and rare alcohols, to keep you warm inside and chill you out at the same time! Red splatters to keep you on your toes... All in all, a grown-up Autumn menu without the hearty pumpkin chowders, versatile enough to celebrate not only Halloween but also All Saints Day (Catholic calendar, 1st November) and Guy Fawkes Night (Great Britain, 5th November) without stating the obvious!

So let's get those taste buds into overdrive and that kitchen ready to sizzle!

A P É R I T I F 

The Black Heart by Julep
Cranberry & Pomegranate Spritz by Donna Hay
Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Margarita by Muy Bueno
Cocktail Snow Cones by HonestlyYUM
Palomitas de Curcúma by La Baguette Magique


Beet-Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs by Viktoria's Table
Fig and Goat's Cheese Tart by Donna Hay
Spicy Corn Bisque by Bakers Royale
Roasted Red Pepper Tortilla Soup by Cookie & Kate

M A I N     C O U R S E

Roasted Carrots Cooked in a Pomegranate Syrup by Un Déjeuner de Soleil
Vegan Winter Harvest Hummus Bowl by Heather Christo


Blood Orange Granita by Cook Republic
Pomegranate and Greek Yoghurt Panna Cotta, via Cooked


Beer-Laced Sticky Toffee and Ginger Pudding by Delicious

S W E E T     A F T E R S

Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by The Bojon Gourmet
Juniper + Smoke Marshmallows by Local Milk

Further Resources:
  • For a little otherwordliness that remains firmly on the safe side, visit my K ° Mystique Pinterest board.
  • Ideas to ease you into the Halloween spirit with a little chill and none of the tack.
  • Robert Doisneau photography: black and white, atmospheric and - if you are looking for it - spooky.
  • Cocktails that are odd beyond the odds, The Gibson's Cocktail Menu has it by the muddler! Their cocktail list flirts with the quirk and the bizarre in equal doses, if not the borderline bootleg (Scandal in Bohemia, a mixology 'high' of Sweet Grass Steeped Woodford Rye Absinthe + Hemp Cannabis Poppy 'Opium' Oil + Preserved Oriental Lemon Brine + French Confetti Candy Syrup + Forbidden Jelly Ice + Smoking Wood Mushroom)! You couldn't make this one up if you wanted to! For a cocktail slightly less far fetched in terms of ingredients, the Way of the Dragon might persuade an enlightened Classic D&D gamer to give it a try, if only for the rambunctious dragon that is served with the drink: 8 years old Bacardi + Gibson's Seabuckthorn Liqueur + Madeira Wine + Lime + Fresh Rambutan & Mangosteen + Butternut Squash & Walnut Conserve + Galia Melon. Good grief! I'll have a simple G&T anytime!

Way of the Dragon cocktail by The Gibson Bar, Shoreditch, London

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