Friday, October 16, 2015

Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku..... - Day #16 - FIENDISH FOOD FRIDAY (Third Course)

Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...

... to 'Day Sixteen' of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku"  and to the third instalment of "Fiendish Food Friday" in which I aim to recommend some "scary starters", "macabre mains" and "devilish desserts" plus an assortment of (ahem) "finger food", to make it easier for you to cater to the ghoulish guests at your spooky soirée this Hallowe'en season !!

So, if you're planning to host your own ghastly gathering on October 31st, you should take some time to PLAN YOUR HALLOWE'EN PARTY FOOD NOW as there's ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT from tomorrow until Hallowe'en itself... I KID YOU NOT !!! So, rather than leave your ghoulish guests to go hungry during your fiendish festivities READ THIS POST for the mother-load (or should that be "mummy-load"?!) of inspirational ideas on how to conjure-up some tasteless treats (sic) to fuel the zombie horde and pile your plates with ghastly grub & ghoulish goodies for Hallowe'en !!

As I've been saying for the past couple of weeks... the great thing about entertaining at Hallowe'en is that you can really let your imagination run riot and things can still be really simple, as well as creative, and it's pretty easy to come up with some creepy creations that will feed your ghoulish guests without too much trouble! I also said, even if you did happen to get a bit stuck for ideas, you'd still be able to find plenty of inspiration among the one hundred or so channels which populate the "Food" category of the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store. Well... time is now running out and, if you haven't sorted out your menu yet, you're going to need a crash course in catering for Hallowe'en along with a hailstorm of ideas... so, with that in mind, we're making the main focus for today's Roku channel one that will help you put together a beastly buffet, full of frightfully fiendish foodstuffs and devilishly delicious desserts, that can all be washed down with a pick of the poisons from your wonderfully wicked wine cellar. Suffice to say that, if your guests are partial to novelty nibbles of a Hallowe'en variety, then you'll definitely want to add this channel to your macabre menu planning, as you prepare the H(orr)ors d'oeuvres in readiness for Hallowe'en !! All you need to do, between now & then, is spend some time watching a selection of recipe videos on Roku !! Sound easy?! Then CHECK OUT THE "iFood.TV" ROKU CHANNEL, the details for which are outlined below:-

iFOOD.TV.............................................COST: FREE [Roku Guide Review]

If you haven't already got it in your channel selection, you can easily add it to your Roku player(s) using the recently introduced 'Roku Search' feature. Just start typing "iFood" into the text entry box within 'Roku Search' and it will soon appear in the results column on the right. In fact, you will (most likely) only have to enter the letter "i" before it pops up! For those who prefer to look it up the old-fashioned way, you'll find "iFood.TV" listed among the "Food" channels in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store - itself, found by navigating to 'Streaming Channels' from the home screen and scrolling through the options - then click "OK" to access the list of "Food" channels where you will see the (above) channel icon. It's completely FREE-TO-ADD as well as being FREE-TO-VIEW so, once you've located it in the list of channels, just click the "OK" button on your Roku remote to select it and then click "OK" again where it says 'Add channel' to install it on your Roku player(s). Having done that, it's simply a case of launching the channel via the 'Go to channel' option and navigating the on-screen menu to access the "Halloween" section. TIP: Just four or five short presses of the directional arrow marked "DOWN" (on your Roku remote) should be enough to reveal the sub-menu for the "Halloween" section at the bottom of your screen. From there, use the "LEFT" and/or "RIGHT" directional arrows on your Roku remote to scroll through the video recipes until you see an video recipe which catches your eye. Again, use your Roku remote to select an Halloween recipe, that has tempted your taste buds, then click "OK"to play the video and watch the tutorial & see how it is made.

A QUICK TIP: When watching the Hallowe'en video recipes on "iFood.TV", it's worth keeping the Roku remote handy to pause and rewind, if necessary, as well as a pen and paper to make your own notes about the procedure as you go along. Having said that, there's usually plenty of detail to be found within each video just by navigating the on-screen menu to bring up details such as lists of ingredients and preparation / cooking instructions which you can call-up on screen while you watch each video.

ALSO: Please bear in mind that THERE ARE IN EXCESS OF 125+ RECIPE VIDEOS for you to choose from in the "Home: Halloween" section alone so, even though it might show only 20 videos when you first launch the channel, you will soon discover that there are a lot more recipes than you may first have thought! Generally, you will find that the number will increment every time you approach the on-screen limit until you reach the last of the available videos. This usually means adding a further twenty videos each time (e.g. the total displayed will change from 20 to 40 to 60 to 80, etc, etc.) and it will then wraparound, when it reaches the end, and start scrolling through again.

To give you some idea as to what's available, there is a list (below) of all the Hallowe'en video "food" recipes that were listed when I last checked the channel, as of the date of this post. You will find that there are several "creepy cocktail" recipes thrown into the mix which will increase the total number of videos but, since I'll be outlining those another time, I'm only listing "food" and not "drinks" recipes. Anyway, here is what's (currently) listed food-wise in the "Halloween" section of "iFood.TV":- HALLOWE'EN FOOD RECIPES

001. Hallowe'en Treats To Make with Kids
002. Hallowe'en Inspired Foods
003. Candy Corn Whoopie Pie
004. How To Make Severed Fingers
005. Hallowe'en Homemade Dirt Pie
006. Hallowe'en Brain Cupcakes - Fun and Frightful Hallowe'en Recipe
007. Hallowe'en Pumpkin Cake - Hallowe'en Dessert Recipe
008. Blood Splatter Cupcakes with Glass Daggers
009. Hallowe'en Gummy Zombie Brain
010. Coconut Eyeballs - Easy Hallowe'en Treats
011. How To Make Homemade Hallowe'en Cupcakes with Cream
012. Hallowe'en Black Velvet Cake with Chocolate Webs
013. Easy Pot of Gold Cake
014. Hallowe'en Gummy Graveyard
015. How To Make S'mores Mini Cones
016. Caramel Apples with Candy Toppings
017. No Bake Snake Cake
018. Hallowe'en Chocolate Bark
019. Pumpkin Cake Recipe - Cooker Cake - Hallowe'en Special - Eggless Baking Without Oven
020. Witch Finger Cookies Recipe - Atta Cookies - Eggless Baking Without Oven
021. Hallowe'en Treats - Chocolate Marsmallow Pops
022. Indoor S'mores For A Crowd
023. Hallowe'en Special Candy Ghost Fudge
024. How To Make Hallowe'en Mummy Dogs
025. How To Make Snouts and Beans - Scary Hallowe'en Dish Tutorial
026. How To Make Hallowe'en Pumpkin Cheese Balls
027. How To Make A Rich Chocolate Cake - Tricks from A French Chef
028. Dicksta's Dishes Pumpkin Seeds
029. Beef Rice Pilaf
030. Toasted Hallowe'en Bread Shapes with Black Olive, Onion, Garlic & Olive Oil Spread + 
Tomato Pumpkins - N.B. This is listed as "Low Fat Vegan" by Bexlife, with No Other Recipe Details
031. Chocolate Caramel Apple Rice Krispy Treats
032. Hallowe'en Devil'd Eggs
033. Creepy Hallowe'en Eyeballs
034. Hallowe'en Special Ep. - Custard In A Pumpkin - N.B. For The Benefit of UK Roku Viewers, American "Custard" Is More Like Cold Blancmange !!
035. Feeling Freaky Hallowe'en Special - Litterbox Brownies
036. How To Make Peanut Butter Cups
037. Peanut Butter Fudge Pumpkins - Happy Hallowe'en
038. Candy Corn Battenberg Cake with Black Marzipan
039. Protein Packed Pumpkin Peanut Butter Smoothie
040. Episode 137 - Hallowe'en Cupcake Inspiration
041. Band Aid Cookies - Hallowe'en Special
042. Hallowe'en Peanut Butterfinger Ice Cream
043. Hallowe'en Finger Food
044. Pumpkin and Coconut Soup
045. Mummy Cupcakes - Hallowe'en Tips and Tricks
046. How To Make A Pumpkin Dip
047. How To Make Pizza Mummies - Hallowe'en
048. How To Make Banana Ghost Pops
049. Meringue Bones - A Hallowe'en Treat
050. Dicksta's Dishes Pumpkin Lookin' Cake
051. Veggie Pumpkin Soup
052. How To Make Tortellini with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
053. Jaffa Cake Truffle Spider
054. Satan's Spawn - Devil'd Eggs - Hallowe'en Special
055. Pumpkin Pancakes
056. How To Make Candy Corn Cookies
057. How To Make Jelly Guts
058. Puffy Pumpkin Cookies
059. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
060. Hallowe'en Cupcakes
061. The Walking Dead Chocolate Brains
062. How To Make Hallowe'en Teeth
063. How To Make Banana Ghost pops
064. How To Make Spooky Spider Crackers
065. How To Make Hallowe'en Strawberry Ghosts
066. How To Make Plum Skulls
067. Cheryl's Home Cooking - Homemade Cupcakes - Hallowe'en Special
068. Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
069. Pumpkin Caramel Doughnut Holes
070. How To Make Rainbow Cupcakes Gluten-Free
071. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
072. How To Make Oishii Nikujaga Meat Potato Stew with Pumpkin
073. Korilakkuma Kumigar's Hallowe'en Obento [Part One]
074. Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
075. Sugar Cookies - Low Carb "Pumpkin" Cookies
076. Hallowe'en Berry Bat Bites and Ghosties
077. Raw Food Recipe Hallowe'en Cookies
078. Raw Food Recipe Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
079. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Spider Web - Hallowe'en
080. Marshmallow Ghosts - Hallowe'en
081. Bloody Eyeballs - Hallowe'en Recipe
082. Hallowe'en Layer Cake - Recipe
083. Skull Cookies - Hallowe'en
084. Classic Hallowe'en  Chip Cookies
085. Chocolate Cupcake Surprise
086. Ice Cream Cone Ghost Cakes
087. Easy S'more Popcorn Balls - Ultimate Hallowe'en Treats
088. How To Toast Pumpkin Seeds - Holiday Recipe, Guest Hosted
089. Hallowe'en Black Bean Dip
090. Jack O'Lantern Mini Turkey Sandwich
091. Hallowe'en Pumpkin Slice
092. Pumpkin Chili Dip
093. Hallowe'en Chocolate Mice
094. Frangipane Tart Filling
095. Pumpkin Seeds for Hallowe'en
096. Pumpkin Purée
097. Pumpkin Muffins
098. Apple Cider Donuts
099. Sweet Severed Finger Cookies
100. Hallowe'en Oreo Mummy Pops
101. Betty's Hallowe'en Chocolate Ice-Box Cookies
102. Betty's Orange Hallowe'en Frosting for Chocolate Cookies
103. Cat Poop Fudge - Hallowe'en Special
104. Hallowe'en Pumpkin Fudge
105. Hallowe'en Swamp Jellies
106. Spooky Red Velvet Hallowe'en Cupcakes!
107. Best Ever Pumpkin Pie
108. Caramel Squash Pumpkin Flan
109. Witch Finger Cookies
110. Meringue Bones
111. Candy Apples
112. Homemade Healthy Hallowe'en Treats
113. Hallowe'en Green and Orange Pasta
114. Hallowe'en Special Easy Chickpeas
115. Spicy Chili Chicken
116. Hallowe'en Apple Cake
117. Shortbread Cookies, Mini Monster Pizza and Cucumber Sandwiches
118. Ghoulish Banquet For Hallowe'en
119. Hallowe'en Special Edible Gooey Slime
120. Delicious Icebox Swirl Cookies
121. Hallowe'en Mock Apple Pie
122. How To Make Cookies - Easy Cookie Recipes for Hallowe'en
123. Easy Pumpkin Dinner
124. Taffy Apple Cupcakes
125. Spooky Hallowe'en Cookies
126. Hallowe'en Nutter Butters
127. Famous Chocolate Popcorn
128. BlackOut Cupcakes - Cupcake Show 10
129. How To Make Jelly "Pumpkin Guts" - Served In A Carved-Out Jack-O-Lantern
130. Family Dinners for Hallowe'en Night
131. Apple Pie
132. Hallowe'en Hot Dogs
133. Hallowe'en Potatoes - Scary Alien Baked Potatoes from Outer Space !!
134. Swampy Peas Dip
135. True Red Velvet Cupcakes
136. Hallowe'en Bark Treat
137. Sweet Potato Pumpkin Pie
138. Pumpkin Cookies
139. How To Make Devil Bars

PHEW! Hopefully that should be enough to keep you going between now and Hallowe'en but be sure to leave enough time to actually cook the food and not spend all of it watching videos on Roku !!

Meanwhile, according to the channel description for the 'iFood.TV' channel, taken from the Official Roku Website, the channel was developed for Roku by Future Today Inc. (which happens to be the company behind If the name sounds familiar to you, it could be because they are also responsible for the development of the 'Drinks [by iFood.TV]' channel on Roku player, which was featured on day eight in the "Countdown To Hallowe'en" for 2013, as well as the 'FitYou' channel and the UK-ONLY Roku food channel 'Bollywood Masala' plus MANY OTHER FOOD CHANNELS from the Roku channel store(s) IN ALL REGIONS. Should you need to contact Future Today Inc. (the developer of the 'iFood.TV' channel) you can easily do so via the Twitter Feed: @ifoodtv or else, get social through: (Facebook). Of course, you can always find out more about Future Today Inc. by visiting the Official Website VIA THIS LINK, where you will find their full contact information PLUS details of their other associated websites. 

Finally, to round-off this third instalment of "Fiendish Food Friday" on 'Day Sixteen' of the annual 'Countdown To Halloween', I thought I'd best remind you (once more) how NOT to approach your pumpkin carving, thanks to this short clip by a very well-known "celebrity chef" from Sweden...

REMEMBER: DON'T BE A 'MUPPET'... chainsaws are for texan-style massacres at the movies, so be sure to carve your pumpkin(s) carefully using something better suited to a task such as this !!

Anyway, that's all for today... just remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Seventeen' and more Hallowe'en-themed content, courtesy of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", when I will reveal your next helping of horror for "Silver Scream Saturday", and (again) this time next week for another "Fiendish Food Friday" as we continue our "Countdown To Hallowe'en" 2015...

Fangs (as always) for reading !!

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