Seasonal Recipe

Samhain Eve
Hallows, Ancestor’s Night,
Halloween, Nos Calan Gaeaf

Hallows night, the mist shrouds, the veil thins, the flame dances, the earthy scent rises. We softly look into the haze, to catch a glimpse of the spirts of our ancestors, to speak with them once more. We speak of our mourning, of fond memories that comfort us, of how we honor their memory and our gratitude for their gifts. We offer food to share and drink to quench and maybe ask for a message for the future. Who better to aid us as we go forward into the darkness than our beloved, whom now have a place in the Summerland.

Hallows Menu

Roasted pumpkin seeds and popcorn
Spiced cider Pot Roast with Fall Veggies
Roasted Cauliflower and Apple Salad
Whole Wheat bread with honey butter
Apple Crisp with spiced yogurt sauce

Pot Roast with Fall Veggies
3 lb. lean beef chuck roast
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 Granny Smith apples, cared and cut into eights
3 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into large pieces
1 onion, chopped into large pieces
1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1 inch pieces
2 cups apple juice or apple cider
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. brown mustard
1 tsp. thyme Salt and pepper

Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper and sear on both sides in a skillet. Place vegetables and apples in the bottom of a Dutch oven or a slow cooker. Place meat on top of veggies. Stir together apple juice, garlic, mustard, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over meat. Cook on low for 6-8 hours in slow cooker.

Roasted Cauliflower and Apple Salad
1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite size flowerets
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and Pepper
2 crisp apples, cut into bite size pieces
3 Tbsp. pine nuts
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped r

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Toss cauliflower with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in a rimmed baking dish and roast in oven for 25 minutes or until slightly browned. Cool to room temperature. Toss apples with lemon juice, add pine nuts, parsley and cooled cauliflower to combine. Drizzle with olive oil if desired.