Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween Time! "Pickled Eyeballs" Jelly Shots

As I often tell everyone, Halloween is definitely my holiday. I love scary movies, ghost stories, skulls, jack'o lanterns, and Tim Burton films. I have been spending my free time lately doing some costume design for 2 projects- one was a short film called 'M is for Mutant' and one was the promo for Monster Fest, a festival held in Melbourne dedicated to horror movies- new, old, Australian, International- just all good horror films. You can watch it here:

And buy tickets here

As I was saying, I love horror AND Tim Burton films. They're just so left-of-centre and take me back to my childhood. So this year, as part of Byron and my annual Halloween party, we made the theme 'Tim Burton'. Byron went as Batman, later transforming into the joker when someone else showed up as Batman (he couldn't have that!) and I went as Zero, Jack Skellington's ghost dog from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. 

I made a Frankenweenie cake, the recipe is from Sprinklebakes. It was a big hit, even though I'm not too adept at cake making, it was the first time I used rolled fondant, I couldn't find half the ingredients and I don't own a rolling pin!

Also, I'd already had a couple of my 'pickled eyeballs' aka green jelly shots! These were such a big hit and I would make them again in a heart beat, they were so easy! I also made red jelly ones that were a bit more potent (don't get me wrong, the green ones are plenty potent too!) To do this, just replace a little bit more of the cold water with vodka. All together I made 60 jelly shots. 

'Pickled Eyeballs' Alcoholic Jelly Shots

It should me noted that these can be made without alcohol, just replace the vodka with extra cold water.

Makes about 30 jelly shots

You'll need:
  • plastic shot cups
  • 1 2g pack of Green jelly 
  • eyeball lollies
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup of vodka* (for non-alcoholic replace with cold water)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
*Can be substituted with different alcohol

Prep ahead and make sure your vodka AND cold water are in the fridge together to ensure they are both the same temperature.

Line a baking tray with baking paper to keep everything neat. Also make sure you clear space in the fridge for the jelly! 

Follow your jelly packet's instructions for making jelly, until the cold water part.
This is usually- stir 1 cup of boiling water with jelly crystals until dissolved. 

Now add the cold water, stirring, followed by the vodka. Carefully pour the jelly into the shot glasses until they are 2/3 full. I made my jelly in a jug so that this was easier. 

Depending on the size of your eyeball lollies, you can either put them in now, which is what I did, as they will hold their place even without the jelly set. Otherwise, wait until the jelly has firmed up a little bit but not too much so you can gently slip in the eyeballs.

Leave to set for 4 hours or overnight. 


Friday, 4 October 2013

Friday Feature: Homemade Ketchup from SkinnyTaste

This recipe is from and you can find it here

What a day! It's my last week of holidays, I have to return to all the torture of uni on Monday and wouldn't you know, I don't have half my work done! Typical... I found better ways to spend my days, obviously! I thought I could push it off until the weekend but I now have a trial at a store in the city tomorrow and a dress rehearsal for an upcoming short film on Sunday. How will I get everything done??

One thing I have decided is that I am going to have a damn fine tasty meal before the week is out and this... oh boy.... this is just the PERFECT accompaniment to what I have planned (fish and chips!).
As a kid, I loved tomato sauce. As an adult, I also love it. Buuuuut I don't love all the added preservatives and sodium that often comes with store bought sauce. Enter homemade tomato sauce (or ketchup for my international readers)! When I first tried this recipe I was so, so excited and continuously poured some sauce out on my finger and was so amazed at how it tasted exactly like the store-bought variety. It passed the boyfriend test too, it just tastes exactly the same!! And it was so incredibly easy to make, I will never buy store bought tomato sauce again!

On with the recipe:


  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk until smooth.

Once it boils, reduce to a simmer. The recipe said for 20 minutes but I found that it spattered a lot, even on my smallest flame, so I moved it so that the flame only touched a little bit of the pan so it wasn't so exposive. Continue to stir it every now and then. Remove from heat and keep covered until cool. 

Then you can store it in a container in the fridge- mine has kept for 2 weeks thus far but I've read that it will keep for even longer. I put mine in an old sauce bottle I had and everyone is none the wiser heh heh heh. 

There you have it, my first Friday Feature. Thank you to SkinnyTaste for the recipe, check out her blog for more amazing recipes. 


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