Spooky Food for Halloween

There is just something about spooky food that makes me smile. Especially when it’s sitting on your counter and everyone stares at it with an odd look on face and then says “what in the heck is that stuff?” That is why I was over the moon when the fine folks over at Frieda’s Specialty Produce asked me if I wanted to participate in their Spooky Food Campaign. A chance to get my own spooky food…yes please! 

First up was black garlic. I had only ever heard of it but never seen it before. I was very excited to get my hands on this stuff! The cloves have been fermented and have a roasted garlic texture with hints of sweet sticky molasses flavor. I decided the best way to showcase it’s amazing flavor would be in a homemade mayonnaise. Now, I know the color of the mayo is a little odd but trust me, this stuff is good!

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Black Garlic Mayonnaise

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

4 black garlic cloves
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

In a medium size mixing bowl add garlic cloves, egg yolks and salt. Whisk (the garlic is soft so it will blend) and blend together.

Very slowly add in olive oil while whisking. Start off slow, just a drop at a time until it starts to thicken and then you can add the olive oil in a slow stream.

Once all the oil is added as the lemon juice and whisk. If the mayonnaise it too thick simply thin with a little water.

Next up was this very interesting looking fruit – Kiwano Horned Melon. This thing smelled amazing and could easily be used as a weapon in your next street fight. Those little points are sharp! Like “stab you in the hand when you pull it out of the box because you are excited to see what you got” sharp.

When I cut into the melon I was amazed at the beautiful color of the inside of the melon. It was also a little spooky. Almost like green goblin goo! The taste reminded me a cross between a honeydew and a banana. Definitely something I’m glad I was able to try!

Now, these babies scared me! They may as well have said “boo” as I pulled them out of the box! I have heard so many spicy things about ghost peppers. I was almost too scared to touch them! My plan is to let them dry and then make a hot pepper oil and share a few dried peppers with my dad too. Just a small note – wear gloves when handling and cutting these peppers. They are hot! This is no joke!

Last up we have some totally awesome and unbelievably fragrant buddha’s hand. I took this picture with my cell phone (apologies for the quality) because I couldn’t wait to cut this baby up and get it into some vodka! That’s right. Buddha’s hand infused vodka! If you have never seen Buddha’s hand before it’s a citrus fruit that is very much like lemon. It has no “inside” and it just rind and pith. The good news is that the pith is not bitter like it is on most citrus fruits so it can be used without fear of bitterness.

Making your own infused vodka is beyond easy! Simply slice up the buddha’s hand and add it to a clean and sterilized mason jar. Fill to the top with vodka and let it sit for at least one week before you give it a try. This vodka is full of citrus flavor and pairs amazingly with seltzer water!

Disclosure: These totally awesome products were supplied to my by Frieda’s Specialty Produce for no charge. However, as always all opinions are 100% my own.

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    Jeffrey — October 31, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I am interested in the Dragon Fruit. The name and the shape is intruiging!

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    Veronica — October 31, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Wow, already back and blogging! Did you take a honeymoon? What a nice thing to come home to–a hurricane! Hope you guys are doing OK. That black garlic is SO COOL! I want to just eat it straight…or at least try it straight. It looks so neat. The taro root and banana buds interest me most, but only b/c the black garlic isn’t listed in the products. That’s what really interests me!

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    grace — October 31, 2012 at 5:00 am

    what wouldn’t i like to try–what a collection of exciting things! i’ll pick lychee because i’ve always been extremely curious about it.

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    I love that Frieda’s has Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan)!

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    Letty — October 31, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Although you had me at the Buddah’s hand infused vodka, I went to the website like a good girl. That dragon fruit looks intriguing. And I know I can go down to the local nursery and buy a buddah’s hand tree.

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    Katie — October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I would love to try the mangosteen, the description of the flavor combination sounds sooo good!

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    Joanne — October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

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    Nicole — October 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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    Kristin — October 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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    Oh my goodness there are SO many! I’d love to try the Angelcot..but I wouldn’t be disappointed to receive anything on the website!

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    Amy — November 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

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    Jasmine — November 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    The Buddha’s Hand looks so interesting (especially in vodka haha)! HOWEVER, both the mangosteen and lychee stole my heart! I’ve always wondered what they truly taste like without any artificial flavors added like in a “fruit juice” or something.:)

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