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What you need:

1 cup dark chocolate or milk chocolate
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp corn syrup
3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed into crumbs
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup of dark rum (or brandy or whiskey)
Coatings: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, and/or sprinkles

What you do:

In a  saucepan, melt the chocolate on low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the icing sugar and corn syrup. Beat in the vanilla wafers (and nuts if you are using them). Next stir in the salt, vanilla and rum until well combined. Refrigerate the mixture until firm.

Form the mixture into small 1″ balls. Roll in the coatings of your choice.

Store in an airtight tin or they will dry out quickly.

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What you need:

4 x  portobello mushrooms or flat mushrooms
10g butter
2 tsp olive oil
30g Gruyère cheese or Cheddar (or other 
hard cheese of your choice), grated
A little fresh watercress
4 wholemeal rolls, lightly toasted
chilli relish

what you do:

Preheat the grill to high. Put the mushrooms on a baking tray.

Dot each with a little butter and a tiny drizzle of oil, sprinkle over the grated cheese and grill for 5 minutes or until cooked.

Scatter the watercress over the bottom halves of the bread rolls and top with the grilled mushrooms. Spoon some  chilli relish on top.

Cover with the top halves of the rolls.

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What you need:

2 (8 oz.) cans crescent rolls
flour, for dusting
1/2 jar of prepared pizza sauce
10 oz / 284g  thinly sliced pepperoni
10 oz /284g  thinly sliced ham, chopped
10 oz /284g Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained
12 oz/ 340g mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup  fine, freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Decoration:

Liquid food coloring of  your choice
4 egg yolks, divided
2 peppercorns
2 pimento-stuffed green olives
1 roasted red pepper

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C /375F / gas mark 5.

On a lightly floured surface, spread out your two batches of crescent dough (pilsbury) end-to-end lengthwise. Be careful not to let the sections separate.

Pinch all the seams together until you get one block of dough.

 With a flour-brushed rolling pin, roll your crescent dough into a large, long rectangle.( Don’t roll it too thin, or it will split.)

Spoon pizza sauce on top of dough, leaving an inch of bare dough on all four edges.

Sprinkle meats on top of sauce, followed by any other optional toppings.

Sprinkle with cheeses.

Fold one side of the dough lenghtwise over the topping, up to the half-point of the rectangle.

Fold the other side over to meet it. Pinch and press the dough together on all sides to seal.

With a pastry brush, brush the beaten yolk of one egg onto the top of the dough.

Fold your filled dough in half lengthwise. The egg yolk should help it stick. A seam should be created lengthwise along the dough. Pinch this seam together to fully seal and make a sort of cylinder. Be sure all seams are well closed. Any open seams will open further during baking.

Gently manipulate ends into a snake shape– one end should be tapered for a tail, and the other shaped for the head. Don’t curve it into a snake yet. You’ll do that right before baking.

Decorating Instructions:
Beat each of your remaining three egg yolks in a separate bowl.

Add the food coloring of your choice to each bowl to make three separate “paints.”

With a pastry brush or a food-safe paintbrush, decorate your snake as desired.

Transfer painted snake to a foiled-lined, greased baking sheet.

Gently shape as desired, into an “S” or other snakey shape.

Stick two peppercorns into the front of the snout for nostrils.

Slice your roasted red pepper into a forked tongue. Insert into front of head.

Bake your snake about 20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.

Remove from oven. Attach olive “eyes” to the top of the head using toothpicks. Pimento centers should face forward.

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What you need:

1 full-sized plastic human skull
1.5 lbs. thin sliced deli meat of  your choice
Cream cheese, BBQ sauce, or cranberry sauce
2 hard boiled egg yolks, round mini-mozzarella pieces, or cocktail onions
2 slices of pimento-stuffed green olive

Lettuce leaves, spinach leaves or some thing similar for decoration.

What you do:

Buy a plastic skull from any child’s Halloween outlet.  Wash the skull with soap and water and allow to dry.

Spread a “base” over the skull. BBQ sauce and jellied cranberry sauce give the skull a bloody, gory look as your guests lift away the lunch meat. Cream cheese is not as fun, but probably tastes better with most meats. This is entirely your choice.

Evenly distribute your lunch meat over the prepared skull, leaving openings at the eyes and mouth. Smallish pieces of meat work better than larger ones, as they’re easier to manipulate and form. You may need to use toothpicks to get some of the meat to stay in place.

For eyes:

 place one hard boiled egg yolk or small mozzarella cheese ball in each eye socket. Top with a slice of pimento-stuffed green olive.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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What you need:

4 new potatoes, sliced
75g spaghetti or any other pasta of your choice
2 tbsp green pesto
Small handful green beans.

What you do:

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water along with the potato slices for 10 minutes.

Chop the green beans into 1 inch pieces and add to the saucepan with the pasta and potatoes.

Cook for 5 more minutes then drain well, but save some of the pasta water.

Return the ingredients to the saucepan, along with the pesto and 2 tbsp of the starchy pasta water to make more of a sauce.
Top with parmesan cheese if desired.

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What you need:

3/4lb Parsnips (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
1 small cooking apple (grated)
1 pint of chicken stock
1/2 oz butter / margarine
1 tbsp mild curry powder
single cream ( amount of your choice to thicken)

What you do :

Place butter in saucepan and add the chopped parsnips, chopped onions and grated apple and gently fry for 3 mins.
Add the curry powder and fry for another 2 mins.
Pour in the chicken stock and simmer for 30 mins or until cooked.
Liquidise then add enough single cream to thicken the soup.
Serve hot , with crusty bread or croutons.

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What you need:
1lb / 450g Penne pasta
1lb / 450g pork sausage meat
700g sugocasa tomato sauce
9oz / 250g mozzarella cheese ( drained & roughly diced)
1oz / 25g freshly chopped basil leaves ( plus extra to garnish )

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6.
Boil a large pan of water & cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
In the meantime, pull off pieces of sausage meat & roll to form balls to the size of your choice.
Drain the pasta and pour into a large oven-proof dish ( or roasting tin).
Stir in the tomato sauce and mix well.
Add the mozzarella cheese, sausage balls, and chopped basil leaves and mix altogether.
Cook in the oven for around 20 mins until the cheese has melted & the meatballs are golden in colour & cooked thoroughly.
Sprinkle on the remaining chopped basil leaves to garnish and serve immediately.

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