Saturday, September 17, 2016

Horror Night #3

It's been a busy Saturday.  I spent a whole hour processing a medium sugar pie pumpkin.

How to Process a Pumpkin
This involves chopping the pumpkin into pieces that could fit into a heavy duty plastic container.  After  cutting the pumpkin into these pieces (roughly hand-size), I put all of the seeds into a bowl.  The key to this is to NOT include the stringy stuff.  Once the seeds are separated, I scraped the stringy parts from the pumpkin flesh - tossed it away.  The flesh needs to be steamed, so I placed a chunk or two at a time into the heavy duty plastic container with an inch or so of water.  Microwaved it for 5 minutes.  Do this until all the pumpkin pieces are steamed.  Carefully remove the outer skin from the steamed pieces.  Careful, it's all steamy hot.  You can chop up the pumpkin, puree it in a blender, and save the puree for later.  I use it in pies, soups, chili, smoothies, etc.  It's WAY better than canned pumpkin. 

I wanted sweetened pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds.

The seeds, I put into a bag with cinnamon, ginger, ground clove, some sea salt, and 1/4 cup coconut sugar; shake it to mix everything up.  I baked at 400F for 15 minutes - the seeds spread out on a piece of aluminum foil.  Once it's done, turn the oven down to 250F and remove the seeds from the foil.  You might want to wait for it to cool a little bit.  After the seeds are off the foil, put them into a bag with 2 TBSP almond flour and 1 TBSP coconut flour, then shake it.  Spread this out on a piece of waxed paper and get it in the oven for 15 minutes.  A healthy snack for watching horror films.


5 Horror Movies
Movies to creep you out.

1. Babadook
This is a creepy film about a folkloric ghost called the Babadook.

2. Insidious
This comes off as a film involving a demon, but it also comes off as film about the experience of sleep paralysis.  It was good for a fright.   Tip-toe through the tulips with me....

3. The Amityville Horror
It's based on actual events.  It doesn't matter if you watch the new version or the old version.  Both are excellent.  Both are spooky.

4. The Possession
This film is about the Jewish legend of the dybbuk box.  A lot of the things that go on in the film are based on things that happen to people who have incidents with dybbuk boxes.

5. The Exorcist
Yet another "based on true events" film.  This is a classic and is known to have some psychological effects for those who are watching it for the first time.  Enjoy!

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