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Oct 29, 2012

Happy Halloween !








Have a happy halloween, everyone! 

Do you like my carved pumpkin? No, seriously, that really is a pumpkin, all decked out in its halloween pepper costume! 

It's hard to get into the halloween mood these days. Parents are terrified of their kids getting kidnapped. Grownups are getting fearful of muggings. I guess if you live in a gated community, there would be a lot more fun going on. That's how it is with the world today ... a new kind of halloween, where the spooks and ghouls are scared of the new world evils. People should now dress up as computer viruses, kidnappers, muggers and politicians.

We cope. 
We can only be safe, be aware and be smart.

Happy Horrorday!

In case you have too much pumpkin leftover than you know what to do with, here's a couple of not-so-usual suggestions that might interest you:

~ Pumpkin Roasted Duck Meat Steamed Kuih
~ Pseudo Chinese Mid-Autumn Pastry
~ Spiced Pumpkin & Tomato Soup Chicken
~ Fried Pumpkin Indian Style

Otherwise, just steam the flesh, mash it up and store it in the freezer. Very useful during non-pumpkin season.







35 comments:

  1. Maybe I should a small celebration at home. Just to have fun with the kids..

    Happy Halloween Day!

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    1. Yup, why not? Not much of trick or treating here. You could bob for apples :)
      Have fun!

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  2. Ping, hey, this is a pirated pumpkin. Yellow capsicum it is, hahaha! 2 days from Halloween. We don't celebrate here. Living here for 12 years so far only experienced once that the children came to knock on my door asking for lollies! Aiyah, I don't store lollies at home, pls don't come here!

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    1. Haha! A pirated pumpkin!
      Yeah, it's pretty much an American holiday. It's just that I had good memories of it as a kid.
      Maybe you can put up a sign on your door ... No Lollies Here! You can bet no kids will come knocking :)

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  3. Very funny Ping, pumpkin in pepper costume! I guess I should do the freezing thing because there are many pumpkin recipes I want to try, like pumpkin cheesecake. You celebrate halloween? What I see on TV looks like fun for the kids. I won't need a costume, I'll just go out in an old getup with no make-up on.

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    1. Hehe ...
      It freezes very well. And it works well in stews too ... natural sweetness.
      Like I told Jessie, Halloween brings back good memories. Not much of a celebration here.
      Haha! I doubt you look as scary as you say. I'll be the judge of that soon enough :) Or maybe you'll be the one running off screaming when you see me!

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  4. Happy Halloween to you too :) nice for a change to use a yellow bell pepper . Looks cute too :) Ping, you are so creative !

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    1. Thank you, Elin. And Happy Halloween to you!
      No, no, that's not a bell pepper, it's a pumpkin in disguise! :)

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  5. Thats a very interesting looking pumpkin in pepper costume. And on its left is a pepper in pumpkin costume:)
    Happy halloween.
    Dressing up as politicians (or lawyers) could become the scariest halloween costume in the near future.

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    1. Very observant, Mr T! Eyesight's still good for your age ;)
      Near future?! It's happening here and now! I guess you don't get news of our crazy country. LOL!!

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    2. Thanks, I eat lot of carrots and ants:) And use a magnifying glass for reading:) But I hope you didn't mistake a pepper for pumpkin???
      It seems your country is miles ahead of the rest of the world

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    3. Sure you can borrow my magnifying glasses. Try the ant alternative also. Leave some carrot cake out on the table until colonised by ants. In addition to improving eye sight, ants will add crunch and protein:)

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  6. Ha ha, love your pepper - pumpkin in fancy dress! Halloween is really taking off in Turkey (anything for a party, here) and lots of the restaurants are doing fancy dress nights etc. Strange to see but good fun, too.

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    1. Thanks, Julia! Party animals, huh? Good on them!

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  7. Hi Ping, your yellow pepper costume look so cute. Nice work and love your humor. :)

    Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Amelia!
      Have a great week too!

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  8. Ping, this is the cutest and most ingenious Halloween photo I have ever seen! I don't like pumpkin, so it's also a pleasure to see a pepper instead. I think it looks more elegant, sophisticated and interesting than the big, fat pumpkin (ok, I'm partial here...).
    I totally agree we no longer need Halloween to be scared (actually we don't celebrate Halloween here, unless someone is American or Americanised ;-) ).

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    1. Thank you, Sissi! Haha! Yes, I remember you don't like pumpkin.

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  9. Yes, I love your carved "pumpkin"!

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  10. And Happy Halloween to you too!

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  11. Happy Halloween to you too! Hah...lots of people cooking pumpkin, I guess...from making all those jack-o-lanterns! LOL!!!

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    1. Maybe I should present them my bingka boo boos and really scare them :D

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  12. even gated community is not safe.

    anyway, ya....nice fun.

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    1. That's true. I've heard some horror stories from friends living in gated communities. Oh well, indoors it is then :)

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  13. Hehee! Yes I love it! After seeing so many curved pumpkins, this is actually very refreshing and creative, and I really like it!

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    1. Thanks, Nami. It's easier to carve too ... hehe.

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  14. We have been buying less and less chocolate every year. But this year was ridiculous. We had 14 kids ringing the bell on Halloween night. We have been eating the leftover chocolate ever since. Not good.

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    1. Sounds just as bad over your end. Sigh, what is this world coming too? Or is it just the traditions that are dying out with the computer age, kids prefer to sit at home with their noses stuck to the screens?

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  15. I'm totally impressed. I can't even carve a pumpkin much less a pepper! (far too tiny and requiring greater dexterity than I possess ;-)). Love all the pumpkin ideas for us... Hope you had a fun Halloween Ping!!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! Halloween isn't a big thing here ... what did I do .. hmm, oh yeah, it was raining so heavy, we just stayed home :( Nobody comes trick or treating here. Hope you had a better one :)

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  16. Hi Ping,

    Happy Belated Halloween! We were at Singapore on the actual day and didn't see a lot of dressed up as we see here in Melbourne. I reckon it will be great if we are in US to experience this occasion...

    Your pepper craving is brilliant!

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe. Thank you!
      Yeah, it would have been more festive in the states. But according to Zsuzsa, she had only 14 kids ringing her doorbell that night. Looks like it isn't happening much these days.




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  17. That looks like a yellow bell pepper disguising as pumpkin to me. LOL
    Nice one ;-)
    Happy Halloween to you. Have fun!

    - dahana

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