How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Another Halloween has passed by and this year I decided to carve my very first Halloween Pumpkin face. I’m very proud of the result and might make it a tradition to carve a new pumpkin face each year.

Carving a pumpkin requires a bit of elbow grease, a steady hand and a bit of patience. It only took 30-45 minutes to clean up the inside of the pumpkin and to carve its face.

Pumpkins in Australia usually come in a greenish/gray shell and not a juicy orange colour but to overcome that I found my pumpkin at Coles Supermarket which sells a Halloween Pumpkin specifically for carving.

It’s the perfect accessory for a Halloween party of all kinds and you can be as creative as you want with the face.

What you need:


– An orange pumpkin (any size) – I got mine from Coles Supermarket

– Different size knives – (Make sure they’re sharp)

– Large spoon/ladle


Steps:

I know you’re responsible but please be careful when handling knives. If you cut off your hand or any part of your body, you’ll have the best costume of all.


1.
Using a medium sized knife cut a circle on top of the pumpkin, big enough for your hand to fit in.

Tips:
I’d suggest cutting into the pumpkin on a slight angle, for when you place the top back on it doesn’t fall straight through.

2. Using a large spoon/ladle remove the inside of the pumpkin and clean up the inside walls.

3. Draw your face according to your preference with a pen or marker.

Tips:
I used a pen which rubbed off easily. There are plenty of face designs and ideas on the internet. Search for a few templates to get your juices thinking (pumpkin face templates)

4. Cut out the shape of your outline with a sharp knife and experiment with different sized knives and make sure to take your time.

Tips:
I found it easier to use straight lines for the outline and cut straight into the pumpkin according to the width of the knife. The triangles were the easiest, cutting the side lines first then cutting the bottom line which came out when I slid the knife out or pushed the triangle straight into the pumpkin.

5. You’re almost done. Clean up your outlines and empty any excess pumpkin inside the pumpkin.

6. That’s it! You’ve carved a Halloween pumpkin, wasn’t hard at all.

Tips:
For best effect, add a tea light candle inside, turn off the lights and enjoy your creation.

Love Heart Scones with Strawberries and Cream

Scones are super easy to make and preparation and cooking time is less than 30mins. It’s not Valentines Day so why love heart scones?

I went searching through my sister’s baking utensils and all I could find was the love heart cookie cutter, don’t laugh, just embrace the love.

But a great idea for Valentine’s Day, right? You can use any shape as long as it’s around 5cm in diameter. I could of used jam but the strawberries were sweet and juicy, just right for the scones and cream.

Here’s the recipe i used…

…don’t laugh, just embrace the love.

Coffee Sponge Cake – My 26th Birthday

I know, the post is 1 and a half months late of my birthday but that doesn’t change my age, I’m still 26 today and will be for a number of months.

On my birthday my sister asks me “Erwin, what cake do you want for your birthday?” I replied back “I’m not sure, I wouldn’t mind a coffee cake or a black forest mud cake, are you going to make me one?” I then say to myself “Wait a moment…..why don’t I make my own birthday cake?”

Yes I know how sad, but I thought it would be interesting to what I could come up with. Out of the two cakes I assumed the coffee cake would be the easier one. I breezed through the process and found my creative juices working when it came to decorating the cake. I think this cake started me on this new journey of baking and cooking.

i love you like a fat kid loves cake
– 50 Cent

The cake is coated with coffee flavoured cream, walnuts for dressing, white chocolate pieces to crown and a cadbury flake in the middle to tease.