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Post-Halloween come down post

We are now very much in November, although I’m wracking my brain to try to figure out where August through October disappeared to? It’s a conspiracy theory, I tell you! These months have just evaporated!

Actually, this whole year seems to have slipped by very fast. It dawned on me recently that in a few short months it will be 2017 – and that it has been a whole 10 years since I started secondary school. It’s a little bit strange to think that I can remember a whole 10+ years ago, I quite miss the days of people talking about “12 years ago” and me being happily oblivious as to what they were talking about because I was only 4 or 5 and had no recollection of the events they were referring to.

It doesn’t scare me that I’m getting older, I welcome that. It scares me because I am now very much in my adult life and I am worried what 2007 Chloe would think of what 2017 Chloe has done with herself over the last decade…


Anyway, I did come here to tell you what I did with my Halloween!

I made pumpkin pie! And pumpkin soup, pumpkin spiced latte and pumpkin cakes. But I have all the finesse in the kitchen of a ravenous hippopotamus and the pumpkin products didn’t come out as well as I hoped and I couldn’t even photograph them to look good, so I decided not to immortalise my failures on my website.

Here’s a half-decent picture of the pumpkin pie that I heavily edited in Photoshop:


And here’s the recipe I used from Baking Buddy:

  • Preheat oven to 220ºc
  • Roll pastry over a 9″deep flat tin and chill
  • Bake blind for 10-15 mins
  • Reduce oven to 180ºc
  • Combine 2 large eggs (lightly beaten), 1 x 425g can Baking Buddy Natural Pumpkin puree, 170g granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 285g condensed milk in a bowl
  • Then pour into pastry base
  • Bake for 40-50 mins until a knife inserted comes out clean


And, of course I had to carve my good friend, Tinkerbell, into my pumpkin. I still have harrowing flashbacks of all the times I stood solemnly outside of Peter Pan’s Flight, holding the “Alternate Fast Past+” plaque and apologising repeatedly that “We’re just waiting for Tinkerbell to return, because without her pixie dust, those boats just can’t fly!”

You just can’t get the pixies these days!

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