Just for the Grown-Ups for All Hallow’s Eve
– Creepy Crawly Curried Devilled Eggs –
I am still a child at heart – and often think that children have far too much fun; I mean, look at all of those amazing wellies that are on offer for little girls and boys – I don’t want staid plaid or dark green wellies, I want ones with macaroons and cakes over them, or lady birds and little yellow ducks! It’s also the same when it comes to food – if the wee ones can have ghostly cinnamon toast and spooky spider cakes, why can’t us grown ups, aka big kids, have a bit of fun too…….so, with all of you fun loving foodies out there, I bring to you today, on All Hallow’s Eve, a plate of Creepy Crawly Curried Devilled Eggs! Those of you with a nervous disposition or those who suffer from arachnophobia should step away from the table, as my curried devilled eggs have a green spider sat astride each egg, complete with legs…..all eight of them!
If you want to really push the boat out and go spider crazy, why not make some extra olive spiders and throw them in a cocktail or a spook-tacular Martini! The these eggs also taste pretty damn good…….made with my free-range hen’s eggs, and mixed with mayonnaise, mango chutney and curry powder, they make scarily good “amuse bouche” for the All Hallow’s Eve buffet table. The olive spiders are made with green pimento stuffed olives with rosemary leaves (spikes/) for legs……they were easy to make and when I served these to friends a week ago, as my guinea pigs, they were all gone in a sweep of a witches broom.
I am rather pleased with these stuffed eggs, and I think they look great when served on an old oyster plate (I collect oyster plates) with the green “slime” decoration! ( it’s seaweed I think for other times of the year!) I have not written out the recipe in a printable format yet, so I will just quickly jot down how I made them for now; if anyone wants me to add a printable recipe card, as I normally do, then just shout and I will post one.
How to Make: Creepy Crawly Curried Devilled Eggs!
(Serves 4 to 6 as an appetiser)
6 eggs, hard boiled and peeled, then cut in half
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons mango chutney
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
12 green olives
cayenne pepper, optional
Scoop out the egg yolk for the cooled halved eggs, gently as not to break the egg white. Put the yolks into a bowl and add the mayonnaise, chutney and curry powder, and mix well until smooth.
Spoon or pipe the curried egg yolk filling back into the egg white halves.
Then make the “spiders” by sticking the rosemary spikes into the sides of the olives, as seen in the photos, 4 each side. It is easier to do if you make a small hole with a cocktail stick first.
Sit the olive spiders on top of the eggs and sprinkle cayenne pepper over the top if you want an extra kick of heat.
For those whom may be interested, a brief history on the origins of Hallowe’en: In ancient Britain this date was the pre-Christian eve of the New Year and Celtic Harvest Festival, when the souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes to eat and drink. People left refreshments on the table and unlocked their doors before retiring for the night, then bells were rung, fires lit to guide the returning souls back to earth and animals were brought in for the winter. After Hallowe’en became a Christian festival, supernatural associations continued to thrive.
It was believed that witches were abroad and that it was possible for certain people to perform magic and summon up spirits. Hallowe’en was once a time for making mischief – many parts of England still recognise this date as Mischief Night – when children would knock on doors demanding a treat (Trick or Treat) and people would disguise themselves as witches, ghosts, kelpies and spunkies, in order to obtain food and money from nervous householders. In certain parts of England youths still play pranks on their neighbours by hiding garden ornaments, whitewashing walls and ringing doorbells in the dead of night……..it’s all good fun! That’s all from me for now, see you later and I hope you enjoy my creepy crawly curried devilled eggs if you make them! Karen
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