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TV | Paula McIntyre’s Hamely Halloween


Paula McIntyre is the ‘ghostess with the mostest’ this Halloween as she offers up some special recipes with a spooky twist on Friday 28 October.


Her menu will include warm comforting recipes to help blow off the cobwebs including Neep and Cider soup, Sausage Cobbler and a mouth-watering Toffee Apple Pudding.


In Ulster-Scots Halloween is known as Haleve Nicht. As the old song goes ‘Halloween is cumin’ and the goose is gettin’ fat’ and with that in mind Paula is cooking up a Haleve Nicht feast perfect for a celebration with family and friends.



Neep or turnips are a key part of Haleve Nicht. Traditionally, they were carved into Jack ‘o’ Lanterns and placed onto gateposts to scare unsuspecting passers-by. Paula is transforming the scoopings into a delicious Neep and Cider soup with an accompaniment of mini smoky bacon sodas.


At this time of year, with comfort food on everyone’s mind, Paula will share her recipe for Sausage Cobbler – a gluten free recipe which will satisfy any guests with dietary requirements.



No Halloween would be complete without apples, so Paula is rounding off her feast with a delicious Toffee Apple Pudding. There’s a little bit of culinary magic involved as the pudding separates during the cooking process into a tangy apple filling topped with a sweet sponge.


Paula pays a visit to Northern Ireland’s most famous avenue of beech trees, the Dark Hedges, to hear a ghostly tale about a grey lady who supposedly haunts the area at twilight. She also meets with author and presenter Lolly Spence who will also share some of the Ulster-Scots customs and traditions associated with Haleve Nicht.



Eat, drink and be scary with Paula on Friday 28 October, BBC One Northern Ireland at 7.30pm

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