Growing up we never celebrated Halloween, I don’t think anyone in Switzerland did at the time, we simply didn’t have this tradition. I still have mixed feelings about it, I’m not a fan of all the skeletons and gravestones, it’s all a bit too morbid for me. Needless to say I also have a hard time seeing all the kids gorge on buckets filled with sweets. Saying all this, it’s impossible to ignore it when you live in London and certainly with two eight-year-olds, so I figured I might as well embrace it and add a little healthy twist to it. This hummus and veg/fruit platter is a real showstopper and will hopefully fascinate even the biggest sugar fiends enough to have a nibble. We will definitely be making another one on the day, this time I’ll let the kids do the chopping and ‘designing’, an afternoon of Halloween food art, creating something beautiful while snacking guilt free.
What you need:
It depends on how many people you want to make it for. This platter roughly serves 4 grown-ups or around 6 children.
I made my own hummus (you can make your life easier and buy it) using:
2 tins of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
2tbsp olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves
½ organic lemon – juice and a little bit of the zest if you like it quite citrusy
Dash of water
Salt to taste
(You can make any hummus of your choice e.g. curry flavoured or simply keep it plain)
In terms of the fruit and veg the sky is the limit, chose whatever you and your children fancy and think will look good, adding as many different colours as possible. Eating the rainbow has never been easier!
How you do it:
Using a food processor simply blend all the ingredients for the hummus, then spread it onto a large platter creating a skull (or pumpkin, witch, cat, bat..) shape.
Cut all your veggies and fruit into different shapes and sizes and start decorating.