Lay the Table

A Sophisticated Halloween Tablescape

Happy Friday the 13th, I thought today would be a great day to share this Halloween inspired tablescape. Halloween is one of my favourite times of year, but being a 31 year old it’s less sweets more sophistication these days. This tablescape is so easy to achieve, some beautiful autumnal foliage, crepe paper, tissue paper and spooky napkins. The supermarkets and places like The Range have some amazing things in at the moment.

Halloween Tablescape | The Mother Cooker

Craft

Autumn Wreath Tutorial

I created my first ever wreath for our wedding beck in October 2013, I’ve always loved being creative. It also saves money, all of the craft bits I bought for this was enough to make three. They make great gifts, I am making one for both my mother and mother-in-law. But you could simply save the left over craft bits for next year. Below is a step by step guide of how I created my wreath and I hope it is clear for you to follow. If you have any questions or get stuck I am always available on Twitter or Instagram direct.

Autumn Wreath Tutorial | The Mother Cooker

Tried & Tasted

Butternut Squash Cabonara

I can’t have a tried and tasted series without pasta, when my body is mainly made from it. Two of my favourite things in life are pasta and cheese. This pasta dish takes you on a journey of different flavours and textures, creamy butternut squash, salty and spicy chorizo, sweet garlic and aniseedy fennel. It’s a labour of love, you’ll get a few pans dirty. But it’s a great dish to make for your family on a weekend, or for your friends of an evening. I’ve made this twice now; I’ve made a few tweaks  to maximise the flavour.

Butternut Squash Cabonara | The Mother Cooker

Dessert

Gingerbread and Butter Pudding

October brings many comforting smells to the senses, leaves, apple, cinnamon, caramel. But one of the most comforting scents is gingerbread. That overwhelming level of ginger, subtle nutmeg, a hint of cloves, it’s all so warming. Pair that with brioche and well, stick a fork in me; because I am done.

So as we head in to my favourite month, I am here to enfold you in all of my favourite things. From this amazing pudding, to autumn wreath making, Halloween table setting, devouring mac and cheese or consuming an abundance of squash. Oh my gourd, its going to be amazing. See what I did there…

Gingerbread and Butter Pudding | The Mother Cooker

Sides

Vegetable Noodles

Vegetable noodles or ‘voodles’ are so amazingly easy to create, you could use them as a base for a dish instead of carbs, or as a side like I am. This is quite possibly one of the easiest recipes of mine to date, I feel quite a cheat calling it a ‘recipe’ but alas. Ready in six minutes, a great way to introduce vegetables to the littles. Evie simply thinks the are ‘nuuudles’, she ate a whole bowl. Packed full of vitamins, you can either eat them completely raw or blanch them in boiling water for two mins, drain and dress.

Vegetable Noodles | The Mother Cooker