Carving pumpkins is an easy and fun way to decorate your house for Halloween. Follow these simple steps and please send us your pictures!
First you want to cover your table well. You will also need two bowls, some spoons, a marker and some sharp knives.
Next you need to draw a circle around the top and carve out the circle. Keep the top as you will use it later!
Here comes the messy part! Take out and separate the seeds from the insides of the pumpkin. Don´t throw away the seeds. We will use them later!
After I use my hands to clean as much as possible, I use a spoon to scrape the sides so that the inside of the pumpkin is nice and clean. Plus, this way it is less likely to burn. This is also a good time to clean the outside of the pumpkin and dry it so it is ready to be carved.
Draw a face, an animal or anything you want on the front of the pumpkin. Faces can be happy, scary, silly, or simple. It is much easier to carve triangles and squares than to carve circles.
Use a knife to cut out the drawn pieces on the pumpkin. Once you have carved your pumpkin, stick a small candle on the inside and see how it lights up. Put the top back on for an added glow.
Don’t forget those pumpkin seeds! Clean them well and dry them completely. Add some olive oil and salt and roast them in the oven for 15 minutes at 175ºC. You can also add other spices such as cayenne, curry, cumin, etc.
One of Clare and I´s favorite times of year is Halloween. We love the holiday, but also the smells and colors of autumn. Listen to our third podcast where we try to explain some of the misconceptions about Halloween. Read below to find out what a misconception is and learn more vocabulary.
Misconceptions – idea equivocada Pitch dark – oscuridad total trick or treat – truco trato costume – disfraz sinister – siniestro play a trick on someone – gastar una broma elderly – mayores goodies – dulces coin – moneda pennies – un centimo en EEUU barmbrack – un pan típico de Irlanda savory-sweet – agri-dulce Askance – de reojo pea – guisante
ring – anillo
rag – trapo
risk – riesgo
loved ones – seres queridos
flavor – sabor
lack – falta
death – la muerte
elaborately – detalladamente
mezcal – liquor típico del sur de México
autumn – otoño
to go commercial – hacerlo al grande
to dress up – ponerse un disfraz
carve pumpkins – esculpir calabazas
turnips – nabos
Clare brings us a truly versatile dish that all adults and kids will love. Perfect for these cold days and even better as left overs! Don’t forget to check some new vocabulary down below.
Stroke – / Sheep – oveja minced beef – carne picada brought up – criada chopped – picado sauté – salteado without further ado – sin mas demora diced – en dados pick something out – sacar con dedos hail storm – granizado where the hell is… donde coño esta… beef stock – caldo de carne don’t be mean to your mashed potatoes – usa una buena cantidad de patatas pressure cooker – olla exprés kettle – tetera thingamajig – chisme, cosa lumps – grumos potato masher – pasapures creamy – cremosa sealed – cerrado crispy – tostado, crujiente
Listen to Mrs. Potts swearing (usando groserias) while telling you to wear a mask. What do you think this line means: ‘Wear a mask! Wear a mask! Get your head out of your a$$!’ There’s not only a great message and vocabulary for you to learn, but some cultural references as well, such as the name Karen. Click here to learn about what this reference means.