Chef Anna

A Message from Chef Anna

Happy Halloween

This Saturday we celebrated Halloween at the Puustelli showroom in Minneapolis. We had so much fun with old and new friends; it was great to see the kids in their costumes making crafts while enjoying special Halloween themed Nordic cuisine and treats. The ghost milkshakes were especially popular, so I wanted to share the recipe with you here!

With Halloween around the corner, my curios 3 children were asking me about why Halloween is celebrated. I couldn’t give them a really convincing answer, so I did some research and found out the tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festifal of Samhain among the Celts who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Irealand, the United Kingdom and northern France. Who knew!

During Samhain, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eight century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and soon All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening that precedes All Saints Day became known as All Hallows’ Eve, and later as Halloween.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats. Eventually, Halloween was brought to America by Irish and British people in the eight century and been celebrated since then. In Finland, where I grew up, we started celebrating Halloween approximately 20 years ago. The festivities are very similar to the traditions here in a America, and each year the holiday grows in popularity among kids and adults alike.

Happy Halloween!

– Chef Anna –

Ghost Milkshake

This fun Halloween treat is a deliciouos combination of banana, coconut, and Oreo cookies. Use soy or coconut milk ice cream to make a vegan or dairy free shake!

Serves 6, cooking time 15 min.

Ghost Milkshake Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 liter vanilla ice cream
  • 4 Oreo cookies
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

Decoration Bottles

  • 4 Oreo cookies
  • 100 g dark chocolate

Ghost Milkshake Directions

Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place on the stovetop over medium heat.

  1. Decorate the bottles first. Put Oreos in a ziplock bag and crush with rolling pin. Melt chocolate in a water bath. Dip bottle rims into the chocolate and then into crushed Oreos.
  2. On the side of the bottle draw eyes and a mouth with chocolate using a clean finger.
  3. Set bottles in a fridge while you make the milkshake.
  4. Peel bananas. Add all the ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour milkshake into the bottles and serve with funky straws!

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