Guys. All is right in the world again. It was touch and go there for awhile, what with the dishwasher being broken and the wine surplus being absolutely depleted, I found myself wondering what was left to live for in life. BUT it’s fancy flippin’ Thursday and you know what, ALLS WELL!
The dishwasher is FIXED! (Yes, victory for the Polish, this time our landlord got it right, folks!)
Brian brought home a bottle of pinot, to hold me over. Bless his heart.
AND he ALSO put on a VELVET blazer today. SOME FANCY THURSDAY we got goin’ here! It may as well be tuxedo Thursday at the rate he’s going!
Deep, happy, content sigh. Even though I’m wearing a bra, and clean knickers, I am still happy. (I mean ok, I don’t want you to think that clean knickers aren’t the standard here people…)
So anyway, I was flippin’ through the old desktop picture book, looking at photos from the last 2 years of life and I came across the photos that inspired me to start the blog: Our Halloween dinner party from last year. While we aren’t having one this year (just too much going on this weekend!) I still wanted to ‘get in the spirit’ with dinner at least once this week. So naturally, where do I go when I want to be inspired? When I want to feel the creativity wash over me like a warm blanket? MarthaStewart.com DUH.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t really enjoy the idea of Halloween dinners that look gory. Who eats food that looks like brains and shit? I don’t. That is why Halloween is sort of limiting. You know, there are a TON of ideas for making Halloween dinners out there… but the problem is, I don’t want to eat ghoul fingers, baked bats, shriveled brains or spider things. I want to eat yummy looking food that happens to be associated with Halloween without making me want to barf.
So I stick to the ghost, pumpkin, fall harvest Halloween palate. Bless Martha’s heart, she’s got something for all of us. While sorting through ghoul fingers and brains I found mashed potatoes in the shape of ghosts and pumpkins.
YEAS MARTHA! That is a little more kindergarten, and I appreciate it. So, potatoes 2 ways!
Sweet Potato Pumpkins and Mashed Potato Ghosts
2 sweet potatoes
4 russet potatoes
½ cup milk
1 head roasted garlic
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 stick butter
Peppercorns for the eyes
Mint for the stem
Peel and roughly chop both the potatoes and cover with cool water. Generously salt and bring to a boil. (you can boil these separately, I was being lazy and boiled them in the same pot. No harm here)
When they are easily pierced with a fork, they are done. Remove and separate them into different bowls. To the russet potatoes add milk, ½ stick of butter, salt, pepper, and the entire head of roasted garlic. Mix until it’s smooth.
For the sweet potatoes, add the brown sugar, half stick of butter, a splash of milk and the nutmeg. Blend until smooth.
Now put the potatoes in a plastic bag or a piping bag, and snip the tip. The piping takes a little practice but isn’t too hard. Make a few messy ghosts first, you’ll get the hang of it!
To garnish, use the peppercorns as the eyes of the ghost, and the mint leaf as the leaf of the pumpkin. Halloween for grown-ups. Bibbity Bobbity Boo. Now go put on a bra, before you scare someone to death!