|As the fun evening of Halloween approaches, some of us wonder how to celebrate this holiday in a more sophisticated way, say with a lover or a few close friends. So I created a Halloween dinner party menu, focusing on orange and black food :)|
Blood Orange Salad with Black Walnuts and Fennel
Peel the blood oranges using a knife to remove all the white pith. Section the oranges, eliminating the tough fibers, and arrange on plates with slivered fennel and toasted black walnuts. Top with a simple vinaigrette dressing.
Correct the seasoning and serve hot atop black squid-ink pasta prepared according to the package directions.
Squid Ink Pasta with Orange Tomato Sauce
Start with the sauce: Saute one-half of a diced yellow onion with a pureed clove on garlic in olive oil. Add a chopped orange pepper and a diced rib of celery. Saute until soft, and add chopped oregano and basil, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add as many diced orange tomatoes as you wish, according to the number of guests you want to serve. Saute all until soft and puree if you want a smoother sauce, but you may want to serve it a bit lumpy.
Bump up the protein content by sprinkling grated Parmesan cheese over the top, or if you are a vegan, puree the sauce with silken tofu.
For a sweet beyond the candy haul, try Dulce' Dough's Quick and Easy Black Forest Cake with Chocolate Ganache or Black Bottom Cupcakes from Always Another Recipe, and decorate with candy corn :)
Another option is to make Nutella Creme Brulee' from bell'alimento, decorated with thin curls of orange zest.
Accompany all to spooky music--Bach fugues and the like--or play horror movies on the TV. I prefer cheesy Japanese monster flicks like Godzilla and the Smog Monster or Godzilla and Mothra.
Author bio: Sue Swift, a.k.a. Suz deMello, is a romance and erotica author whose work has nothing to do with the above menu, except that her characters love to cook and eat. Her favorite hero is one who prepares food for his girlfriend!
However, she frequently includes characters who are vegetarians, as in The Ranger and the Rescue andFashion Victim. Find out more about Sue and her work at: