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Mexican-style Halloween feast

Try something different for Halloween with this delicious Mexican feast inspired by that country's Day of the Dead festival

By Fiona Hugues
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    Smashed avocado with blue corn & sesame tortilla chips

    I’ve used sesame blue-corn chips with this recipe not only for their dramatic colour but also their sweet nutty flavour. They are higher in protein than yellow corn chips and you can find them in the health-food section in supermarkets or at specialty food stores and health shops. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Sprite served over blackened coconut & pineapple rocks

    These dark ice cubes add simple fresh flavour to lemonade and introduce a mysterious, slightly sinister, quality to your Day of the Dead gathering. Fill glasses with the black ice and top up with lemonade. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Instant pickled radish

    This recipe is a salsa fresca, uncooked Mexican salad, using fresh ingredients marinated in lime juice, salt and olive oil. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Leafy salad with spiced almonds & frida flowers

    This salad is bright and bold with a haphazard array of edible flowers that even famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo would be proud of. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Pulled beef with la casa seasoning

    To make a wonderful taco filling, rub the mix into inexpensive cuts of beef and cook long and slow until the meat fibres pull apart easily. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Sweetcorn pico de gallo

    Also called salsa fresca, this is an uncooked salad traditionally made with fresh tomatoes and almost always with coriander for flavour and fragrance. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Fast buñuelos with hot chocolate sauce

    Our take on a Latin American sweet treat that’s often found at fairs and carnivals. Usually the dough is made from scratch but we’ve used ready-made flour tortillas to great success. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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    Spicy chocolate torte with sour cinnamon sauce & sugared pepitas

    This decadent cake is inspired by the life of artist Frida Kahlo and her sometimes turbulent relationship with her lover, Diego Rivera. It is dense and complex like Frida, with heat from chilli and spice. It’s the perfect, dramatic end to a Day of the Dead feast. Photography by Jani Shepherd / Gatherum Collectif.

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