POP BRIXTON – “POP FRIGHT”

26.10 – 01.04

Things get goolishly good at Pop Brixton this Halloween with Pop Fright’s spooktacular events line-up.

All Hallow’s Eve gets the worldwide treatment with a Mexican Day of the Dead themed celebration spanning the whole half-term week of 26th October. The entire site will be transformed with Day of the Dead decorations and spooky tunes setting the tone.

There’s a whole host of fun for adults and kiddies alike with Day of the Dead themed workshops – Skull Making by Make Do and Mend and Mexican Bunting Papel Picado by Maria Sabina.

Thursday 29th Popbox sees a free screening of “Hocus Pocus” for the little ones.

Friday 30th sees Donostia host a pumpkin carving workshop in the main square and Saturday afternoon offers the young ones a chance to have their face painted before bobbing for apples with patisserie Supercute and watching a dance performance by Norwood School.

Traders will bubble bubble toil and trouble lots of festive menu additions. Foodie favourites like Kricket will be serving pumpkin based dishes and “freaky cocktails” with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen conjuring up Okra spook aka soup, Hells Fire Beef Shoka(owww) and Akara Frigthers. Fish and Chip supremos Hook will have a trick or treat “Hell Dish Challenge” – sure to fire up the foodies. Queen of the Harpies will be offering free ginger bread skeletons with every purchase and Mama’s Jerk will be keeping it Brixton with jerk spiced pumpkin soup! Even japan gets festive with pumpkin curry via Kyonohca, their in house sushi supremos.

For a full schedule of events visit: http://www.popbrixton.org – family-friendly highlights below:

Thursday 29th

Popbox ‘Pop Fright Cinema Experience’

16:30 – Free screening of “Hocus Pocus”

18:30 – Make Do and Mend – Sugar skull making workshop

Friday 30th

14:30 – Pumpkin Carving Main Square

Saturday 31st

Trick or Treat with our Traders – All day

12.00 – 14.00 Face Painting

12.00 – 15.00 Candy apple bobbing

14.00 – Norwood School Street Dance Performance

14.30 – Make Do and Mend – Sugar skull making workshop

16.00 – Rugby World Cup Final

Sunday 1st

14.00 – Papel Picado Mexican Bunting Workshop by Maria Sabina

Burrito lasagne. Somehow wrong, but oh so right.

I came across a recipe for burrito lasagne and being a fan of burritos and lasagne, well, what I was I waiting for? I simply had to give it a go. It’s super easy, very tasty, and can be pretty nutritional and healthy. You can Google ‘healthy burrito lasagne‘ to find one that suits your family’s tastes, but basically, make a Tex-Mex tasting beany, chopped tomato, vegetable, mince (Quorn/TVP/meat/whatever) filling; layer the filling between flour or corn tortillas; top with cheese and bake for 30 minutes – hey presto!

A few hints:

  • to get you Tex-Mex flavour, add a small or large can of refried beans, cumin powder, chilli powder, smoked paprika, garlic etc Just keep adjusting until it suits your tastebuds and heat preferences
  • pack the filling with kidney beans, black beans, refried beans for protein and iron, and if you’ve got vegetable-haters on your hands, it’s also a good candidate for that ol’ hidden vegetable trick. You know, the one where you grate carrots, chop up spinach and whizz it with a blender to make it look like tomato sauce?
  • it makes a great leftover lunch
  • the tortillas make a good alternative to lasagne sheets for coeliacs or other gluten avoiders, so you could use them to make more traditional Italian-style lasagne, too

It takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake on 200C/Gas mark 6.

Enjoy!