Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Horror Night #6

Nutty Cinnamon Bars

2 cups Walnuts
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/2 cup Applesauce
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Clove, ground
1/2 tsp Ginger, ground
3/4 tsp Salt
Pumpkin Seeds, shelled (aka pepitas)

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a blender, nut chopper, or food processor, grind your walnuts down to a flour.  I have a bullet blender.  It took a few sessions of using the blender, then emptying out the ground down nuts.  It didn't take long.  Place your walnut flour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add in the almond flour, applesauce, baking soda, and spices.  Mix this together.  If it's too sticky, add in a little extra almond flour (1 TBSP at a time) until it isn't sloppy.
  4. Use a silpat mat on a cookie sheet.  Spread out the batter, trying to get it around 1/4" thick, then sprinkle pumpkin seeds over it.  If you don't have pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds will work just fine.  You can lightly pat the seeds down with your hands or use a piece of waxed paper to help press the batter to about a 1/4" thick.
  5. Once your bar batter is as thin as you want it, make sure you throw away the waxed paper, and bake your batter for 15-17 minutes.
  6. Cut the bars immediately after removing from the oven.
These bars are not sweet.  They're a savory bar with a slight cake texture.  If you want to make them sweet, try adding 2 TBSP honey to the batter.  To make them more of a spicy gingerbread bar, replace the spices with this combo: 1 TBSP Cocoa Powder, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp Ginger, 1/2 tsp Allspice, 2 TBSP Honey, 1/2 tsp Salt.

5 Witchy Films
These are my top 5 films with the theme of witches.

1. Warlock (1989)
Julian Sands stars in this film.  It's a little cheesy, but I love it.  The style of witchcraft in this film is based on Early American stories of witches and warlocks.  Julian Sands plays the warlock and Richard Grant plays the witch hunter.  They have a little time jump into 1989.

2. The Craft (1996)
This is one of those films that came out when I was in high school and every alternative chick seemed to start copying.  Some were more into the witchcraft side of things, others just liked the clothes.  This is more of a wiccan style.

3. The Witch (2015)
I just recently got around to seeing this film and it was awesome!  It's based on Early American witchcraft stories.  If you really aren't familiar with that style of witchcraft, lets just say that it's pretty heavy with the gore.  Spells in the style often called for blood or innards or the fat of a child, stuff like that.  This film is about an early homesteading family, pretty much in the middle of nowhere.  They have witch problems.  I won't say any more than that.  Just check it out.

4. Practical Magic (1998)
On the lighter side of things, you have a film like this - which isn't entirely on the light side.  I love this movie because it shows us the more practical side of practicing witchcraft - like making lotions and tonics and stuff.  That might not sound exciting to anyone, but you still have to know your shit because you never know when your red-headed sister is going to really fuck things up and call you for help.  I would suggest a spicy black tea and a slice of pumpkin pie when you watch this film.

5. Witchfinder General (1968)
I absolutely love Vincent Price, so this shouldn't come as a complete shock that I listed this film.  What you might not know is that this film is based on historical facts.  It takes place during the 1600s.  Price plays Matthew Hopkins, an English lawyer who was appointed "witchfinder general" by Cromwell, who seeks out witches and warlocks round England.  Ronald Bassett wrote the original novel that the film is based on.  This takes place mid-1600s, so about 30 years or so before the Salem witch trials.

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