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Offbeat Why do we celebrate Halloween? (+ the method to carve a pumpkin)

17:40  21 october  2020
17:40  21 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Halloween is the modern version of the Celtic festival of Samain , celebrated on October 31st. According to the Celtic calendar, which is based on the solar cycle , this date is outside of time : it does not belong to the year that ends, nor to the one that begins. According to the beliefs of the time, the world of the living would then rub shoulders with that of the dead during this evening.

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This holiday was introduced to the United States after the massive arrival of Irish and Scottish emigrants fleeing the Irish Famine (1845). It will gain popularity at the beginning of the 20th century. Its name is a contraction of the old English All Hallows-Even which can be translated as the vigil of All Saints' Day . On this occasion, children dress in scary costumes and ring the doorbell of houses to ask for candy.

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Why do we dig a pumpkin on Halloween?

One of the traditions of Halloween is to sculpt gourds before installing them in front of your home: on the windowsill or on the doorstep. These lanterns would allow to repel evil spirits. If the pumpkin is the most used vegetable for this, it has not always been! This practice indeed refers to the Irish legend of Jack'O Lantern : a drunkard condemned by the devil to wander in the dark - between the world of the dead and the living - by lighting up with a candle planted in a hollow turnip . A vegetable that has been gradually replaced by the pumpkin: grown in America and easier to carve!

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5 steps to carving a pumpkin

1. Get a beautiful pumpkin or a pumpkin. Wash the squash with the help of a vegetable brush or a sponge.

2. Cut out a hat using a knife. You will need to tilt the blade slightly. If the hat is cut too vertically, it may fall inside your pumpkin.

3. Remove the seeds with a tablespoon. Rinse them. You can offer them as an aperitif after cleaning them, cook them for a few minutes in the oven with a little olive oil and curry.

4.To prevent your pumpkin from rotting after a few days, you will also need to remove its flesh. To do this, gently scrape the sides of your squash with a tablespoon. Place the pulp in a bowl so you can use it later.

5. Carve your pumpkin. We recommend that you draw in felt the shapes you want to cut: eyes, nose and mouth. Prefer triangular shapes to rounded ones. It's much easier! All you have to do is place a candle in the heart of your squash and replace the hat.

What to do with the flesh of the pumpkin?

No way to throw it away! Use it to make an Halloween Pumpkin Pie . You will then have to cook this flesh in sugared water before reducing it to a puree. Incorporate cream, eggs, cinnamon and powdered sugar then distribute the preparation on a pie shell. Bake for 30 minutes at 210 ° C. Out of the oven, decorate with pecans and white chocolate squares.

If you don't have a sweet tooth, get started in preparing pumpkin soup for example. To give it even more flavor, garnish it with spices and aromatic herbs (turmeric, Espelette pepper, coriander ...). Gourmets can also add a few nice spoons of crème fraîche.

And also: pumpkin donuts

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