With the countdown winding down to Halloween, we have so far covered ghost, witches and pumpkins this week along with bobbing for turnips and various Halloween pranks. I hate Halloween pranks. The other morning I went to shave and I found apples hidden my razor blades.
Anyway, today’s Halloween topic covers another ghastly staple of the Trick or Treat genre. The goblin. Everybody hears about them, but do you really know who they are or what they do?
As with ghosts and witches they are everywhere, not just in some J.R.R Tolkien fantasy or JK Rowling Harry Potter tale. They are real fairy-sized creatures that have mean temperaments, are annoying and generally up to no good.
They go by various names around the world. Brownies, gnomes, hobgoblins, bogies, brats, imps or boggarts. They have been known to rearrange household furniture, tangling up extension cords, knocking on doors when you’re in the bathroom and banging on pots and pans. They are also greedy and crave money. Hmmm, sounds like an ex-wife or two.
There are various sub-races in the Fae. (Fae is liberal term for the Underworld.) These races include the legendary Scottish Trows, Welsh Knockers, Irish Phooka and Shakespeare’s Puck. I could use a good set of Welsh Knockers around the house this time of year.
Goblins are also said to be precursors of death. They set fires and scatter bones around to warn of pending doom and to avoid them, legend has it that Welsh coalminers invented a tasty treat called the Pastie to avoid their wrath. Here is a simple recipe to cheat death. (Do not confuse this recipe with stripper’s pasties, although they both taste good.)
Unbaked Pie Crusts
1 Potato, Diced
1 Onion, Chopped
1 Rutabaga, Peeled and Chopped
1/2 lb Pork Roast, Cubed
Seas Salt/Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Brown the pork cubes in a little olive oil.
In a bowl combine the potato, onion and rutabaga and season. Add the potato, onion, rutabaga and mix
Lay out one of the pie crusts and put half the ingredients on half of the pie crust leaving about 1 inch along the edge for sealing.
Lightly dampen along the edges of the pie crust with your fingertips.
Lay the other half of the pie crust over the top of the filling and press the top and bottom edges together well.
Fold the sealed edge toward the center and either crimp with your fingers or press along the entire folded edge with the tines of a fork. Bake for 15 minutes then lower temperature to 350 degrees F for an additional 30 minutes. Serve hot with brown or white gravy or serve cold without.
Not to be forgotten, there is also the infamous Marvel Comic’s super villain, The Green Goblin. Technically, he is not a real goblin; instead he is mild-mannered Norman Osborne, a foe of Spider-Man. Green Goblin’s weapons of choice in battling the web-slinger include laser bats, 3-D ghosts and jack o’ lanterns. No luck so far in his battles.
1 Oz. Vodka
1 Oz. Coconut Rum
1 Oz. Peach Schnapps
1 Oz. deKuyper Sour Apple Liqueur
1 Oz. Sweet-and-Sour Mix
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and pour over ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass. Serve with a lime wedge.
Boo! Stay scared everybody.