Three or four days ago, we were discussing after dinner, what should be the menu for lunch on the first day of the Deepavali, the festival of lights. There were usual suggestions, But all of a sudden, My granddaughter (age 12) said, “Coming to think of it, its also Halloween, Lets have a Halloween theme party on that day!” Everyone agreed as it would be some kind of change from the usual routine fare.
My granddaughter took on herself the assignment of fixing up he menu with appropriate names for the Halloween. She also prepared the name plates for the dishes, which were arranged on a Buffet table. Here is a list of the dishes
Blood– what else but tomato juice with a pinch of cumin powder, asafoetida and salt.
Sewer Water– Plain drinking water naturally
Bat’s eyes– Cherry tomatoes arranged in a black bowl lined with spinach leaves. Decorated with carved yellow capsicum in shape of Jack-o-lantern.
Toad balls in vampire sauce– small round potatoes boiled in salt water and shallow fried after skin removal; served with tomato ketchup.
Skeleton fingers– Yogi sticks
Earthworm salad – Shredded cooked beetroot, shredded cucumbers, carrots,and capsicum, garnished with onion rings.
Bats in chopped vampire sauce– Long rice boiled and stir fried with baked beans, sliced onion, shredded cabbage leaves, spring onions and capsicum pieces.
Slippery sewer slugs– Spaghetti in white sauce
Vampire stew– Oranges, tangerines, apples and bananas cut into small pieces, mixed with cream and milk
Though the names may be blood curdling, the feast turned out to be really a royal one. A grand beginning for the festival of festivals in India – Deepavali.
Happy Deepavali to all of you, readers of Akshardhool!
First published in Akshardhool on 2nd October 2013