Six recipes to try this Halloween

Six recipes to try this Halloween

Posted 13th Oct 2017

With Halloween swiftly approaching, it's time to cook up some spooky treats for you and the family - these recipes will cover all the bases

Dark Magic Juice

You Will Need

Panasonic Slow Juicer MJ-L500
2 purple kale leaves
½ of uncooked beetroot
2 celery stalks
½ lemon with skin
2cm piece of ginger, peeled
1 apple


1 Cut the ingredients small enough to fit the Panasonic Slow Juicer MJ-L500 chute and juice.

2 Pour over crushed iced to serve.

This is a great juice to enjoy over the winter months to keep colds and flu at bay. Extra vitamin C and antioxidants will strengthen the immune system.

Chocolate Orange Spider Jellies

You Will Need

Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave NN-CS894 
10-12 Oranges to make 500mls of juice
4 strips gelatine
25g dark chocolate


1 Peel the oranges and juice until you have 500ml.

2 Pour into a large jug and cook in Panasonic Combination Microwave NN-CS894 on HIGH MICROWAVE for 4 mins or until nearly boiling.

3 Cover the gelatine with cold water and leave for 5 mins until spongy and softened. Squeeze out any excess water and stir into the orange juice until it dissolves.

4 Let the mixture cool a little, then divide between 4-6 small serving dishes.

5 Place in the fridge for at least 5 hours or preferably overnight.

6 Cover a baking sheet with some baking paper. Melt the chocolate in the Panasonic Combination Microwave on HIGH for 1 min or until melted.

7 Pour the melted chocolate in to a small freezer bag. Make a piping bag by snipping off a tiny piece of one corner.

8 Now pipe out 4-6 spider web shapes onto the baking paper small enough to fit on top of the jellies. Pipe a circle with a smaller circle inside, then pipe lines coming out from the centre like spokes of a wheel. Place in the fridge to harden.

9 Just before serving carefully peel away from the paper and place on top of the jelly.

Autumn Plum Jam

You will need

Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZX2522
700g plums, finely chopped
350g sugar
6g pectin


1 Place half of the fruit into the Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZX2522 bread pan, then add half of the sugar. Repeat with the remaining fruit and sugar.

2 Sprinkle the pectin onto the ingredients in the pan.

3 Select the jam menu and enter 1 hour and 40 mins on the timer.

Butternut squash, Walnut and Blue Cheese bread

You will need

Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZX2522 
1tsp yeast
500g strong white flour
1tsp sugar
1tsp salt
1/2tsp ground white pepper
300ml water
1tsp olive oil
50g blue cheese
50g toasted walnuts


1 Place all the ingredients in the Panasonic Breadmaker SD-ZX2522 bread bakery pan, except the walnuts.

2 Add the walnuts to the raisin and nut dispenser if you have one, if not keep them next to the bread bakery in a bowl.

3 Set the SD-ZX2522 to Basic Raisin Bake (4hours).

4 Add the walnuts when the bread bakery beeps if you do not have a dispenser.

Pumpkin Soup with Chilli and Crème Fraiche

You will need

6 pint Pyrex® bowl
Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave NN-CS894
1 tbsp butter
2 onions, diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1kg pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and deseeded
650 mls hot vegetable stock
4 tbsp crème fraiche, plus more to serve


1 Place the butter, onions, garlic, chillies and cumin in a large Pyrex® bowl, cover with pierced cling film. Place on the base of the oven and cook in the Panasonic Combination Microwave NN-CS894 on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 5 mins or until soft.

2 Cut the squash into small cubes then add to the onion mix. Add the hot stock, cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 20 mins or until the squash is soft.

3 Season with salt and pepper, add the crème fraiche. Allow to cool before blitzing in the blender. Return to the microwave and heat on HIGH MICROWAVE for 3 mins before serving.

4 Serve the soup in bowls with swirls of crème fraiche and a scattering of fresh chopped chillies.

Braised Pork with Plums

You will need

Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave NN-CS894 
Large bowl
Large heat proof casserole dish.
1.6kg pork shoulder
5 tbsp rice wine
5 tbsp light soy sauce for flavour
1 tbsp dark soy sauce for colour
Generous thumb size piece fresh root ginger
5 garlic cloves
1 red chilli, deseed and finely chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Bunch spring onion, finely sliced
2-star anise
1 ½ tsp five spice
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tomato puree
500 mls chicken stock
6 ripe plums, halved and stoned


1 Cut the pork into big pieces about the length of your thumb and twice as wide. Put into a large bowl and add the rice wine, soy sauces, half the ginger, half the garlic and half the chilli. Marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours

2 Heat the Panasonic Combination Microwave Oven to 140°C.

3 Heat the oil on the stove in a large casserole, tip in half the spring onions, remaining ginger and garlic, star anise, five spice powder and cinnamon. Fry gently until fragrant and soft.

4 Stir in the sugar, turn up the heat, then lift the pork from the marinade and place in the casserole with the onion mix, cook for about 3 mins until the meat is just sealed but not browned.

5 Tip in the marinade, tomato puree and stock, give it a stir, cover, then place in the oven and cook for 2 ½ hours.

6 After the first hour is up, add the plums to the pan.

7 Take the lid off and carry on cooking uncovered. The meat should be completely tender, turning golden brown where it breaks the surface of the sauce.

8 Spoon off any excess fat from surface, then scoop the meat and plums carefully from the pan with a slotted spoon.

9 Turn the oven up to 180°C and let the sauce cook for a further 5-10 mins until reduced and slightly syrupy.

10 Return everything to the pan gently warm through, then scatter the spring onions over the top to serve.

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