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Halloween 2017

This easy to prepare, disgusting looking dinner is perfect for kids to dish up to unsuspecting adults and annoying siblings at a Halloween party…

The Revolting Rules

What does this mean? It means it’s not polite to leave your poor old grandma thinking you’ve put an eyeball in her drink. Jokes are funny, but don’t upset people and always own up that it’s just a trick.

Put simply — always wash your hands with warm, soapy water before preparing recipes, and don’t scratch your butt (even when you think nobody’s looking).

This might sound obvious, but don’t force your little brother, the school bully, or anybody else to eat one of your creepy creations. It’s revolting manners. Plus, it’s often much more fun to eat the tasty trick food yourself while watching your friends’ disgusted expressions.

Last, but not least — you might be eager to get started making your gruesome grub, but you MUST ask permission from the adult who’s in charge of you.

Bloodshot Eyes-cubes

Makes 16

• 15oz (425g) can pitted lychees
•A little strawberry, cherry, or raspberry jelly
• 16 large fresh blueberries

Just pop a couple of these unnervingly realistic-looking eyes-cubes in your guests’ drinks to start them screaming! Or try this delicious dastardly mocktail recipe to satisfy bloodthirsty little vampires.

Making the eyeballs

Make these creepy "eyeballs" at least a day before you want to serve them, so that there is time for them to freeze.

1.Using a sieve, drain the can of lychees into a bowl. Put the liquid to one side. Place the lychees on several pieces of kitchen paper and leave to dry for 30 minutes.
2.Stuff a little jelly into each of the lychees' holes so that they are filled.
3.Press a blueberry into the jelly to look like the eyeball’s pupil. Repeat for every lychee.

Making the ice cubes

• A large 16-holed ice cube tray
• The leftover liquid from the lychee can

You will need to use a large ice cube tray, to make sure that the lychees fit in the holes.
1.Put the stuffed lychees in the ice cube tray and pour over the leftover liquid from the can to fill the cubes.
2.Put the ice cube tray in the freezer and leave for about 8 hours, or overnight, until ice cubes have formed.

Making the mocktail

• 2 pints (1 litre) cranberry juice
• 2 pints (1 litre) soda water or clear lemonade

Serve the ice cubes in this yummy mocktail for a super eerie effect. Or simply add to your favourite cold drink!

1.Pour the cranberry juice and soda water or lemonade into a jug and stir to combine.
2.To serve, turn the ice cubes out of the tray. Pour the mocktail into glasses and add an ice cube or two to each.

Top Tip - Put the lychees on cocktail sticks as a garnish!

Dirty Worm Hash

It's cute when little children play at making mud pies in the garden, but your family won’t think it's sweet when you serve up this wriggling feast of worms in mud! They may cringe at first, but they’ll be wolfing this delicious chilli down after
their first bite. No one can resist a hot dog!

Making the dirt
This delicious chilli recipe makes a very real looking "dirt" which is perfect for hiding wriggling hot-dog worms in.

Serves 4

• 1 onion

• 1 garlic clove

• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

• 1-2 teaspoons chilli powder

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1/2 teaspoon paprika

• 1lb 2oz (500g) ground beef • two 14oz (400g) cans chopped tomatoes

• 2 tablespoons tomato purée
• salt and pepper

• 14oz (400g) can red kidney beans

1. Ask an adult to help you finely chop the onion and garlic with a sharp knife.
2. Carefully heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
3. Add the cumin, paprika, and chilli powder. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
4. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Break up any lumps that form.
5. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, oregano, salt,
and pepper then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Drain the liquid from the can of beans and add them to the beef. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
7. Keep the chilli warming on the stovetop while you make the worms.
Add some more chilli powder depending on how hot you like your food. Just remember, while you can always add more chilli, you can't take it out once it's in!

Making the worms

While your dirt is simmering away and keeping warm, it's time to make your worms. These hot-dog worms are delicious and super easy to make.

• 3 hot dogs

• boiling water

1.Ask an adult to help you use a sharp knife to cut the frankfurters lengthways into eighths.
2.Put the sliced hot dogs in a large saucepan and pour boiling water over them. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat.
3.Cook until the hot dogs begin to curl. Remove from the heat and drain into a sieve.
4.Remove the chilli from the heat and ladle into serving bowls. Add the worms, hanging them over the edges of the bowls and hiding them in the dirt. Serve immediately.

Try serving the chilli in new, clean, mini metal buckets to make it look like you've just dug the worms out of the garden!

Recipe ideas extracted from: This Cookbook is Gross from QED Publishing. RRP £9.99 Age 7+

This innovative new cookbook teaches children key cooking and baking skills through hilarious recipes with a novelty twist! Ideal for Halloween, this laugh-out-load cookery book will spark a lifelong interest in cookery amongst children and their friends, as well as being packed with fun fact files on the more unusual foods eaten in countries around the world!

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