What is Samhain?
This time is also for remembrance of those who've passed before us. Some believe that the veil between the dead and living is at its thinnest on this night. They use it as an opportunity to give thanks to their ancestors and ask nature for another fruitful year.
The next day begins a new earth cycle. The celebration of birth and renewal.
Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated by the family gathering around an outdoor fire, sharing a meal and telling stories of family who've passed over.
Now that doesn't seem so sinister, does it?
The traditional food for a Samhain feast uses fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest. Here are a couple of recipes you may like:
1 C. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ C. vegetable shortening
2/3 C. sugar
1 large egg
½ C. canned, mashed pumpkin
2 Tbsp. milk
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg.
Combine pumpkin and milk in a small bowl. Alternate adding dry mix and pumpkin mix to cream mixed stirring well after each addition.
Spoon batter into paper lined muffin tins.
Bake at 350 for twenty minutes.
Easy Samhain Apple Spread
8 oz. soft cream cheese
1 C. grated cheddar cheese
¼ C. mayonnaise
Dash of sugar
1 C. chopped apple with peel
½ C. chopped celery
½ C. chopped pecans
Mix together creamed cheese and cheddar until well blended.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Serve with crackers or vegetables.