By Chef H. Delgado
October 30, 2020
Today I have prepared a vibrant soup with these two ingredients so typical of autumn, especially in Halloween. This dish is Vegetarian, healthy and very easy to make. But before starting to cook, I would like to tell you two little histories about these beautiful products.
The Chestnuts were a symbol of new life, for the Celtic villages who lived in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. The fall of the leaves meant the end of death or the initiation of a new life and the fresh fruit collected from within the pod represented life, the new to come, the beginning of winter. This teaching spread through the years from generation to generation.
On the first of November, to welcome the Celtic New Year, they celebrated a great roast of chestnuts accompanied with cider or wine, and they shared it with their neighbors and family. Possibly there we have the first origin of Halloween. This ritual was called Samhain, which means the end of harvest in Gaelic.
Today some towns in northern Spain continue to celebrating what they call it, "El Magosto". (Name of the fire that roasts chestnuts)
A tradition that arose in Ireland was to turn carved turnips into lamps, alluding to the legend of Jack o 'Lantern, about a phenomenon of strange lights that twinkled in the marshes of that British island.
The story is that a sure Jack made a pact with the devil that went wrong and he was condemned to prowl the eternal night, lighting his way with a piece of incandescent coal inside a turnip carved with holes.
The locals began to carry these "Jack Lanterns" (Jack o 'Lanterns) around the villages and left them lit in front of the houses on Halloween night.
They were supposed to represent supernatural beings or serve to scare away evil spirits.
The tradition changed slightly when Irish immigrants flocked to the United States in the 19th century. It was in this new continent that they found the fruit of a plant easier to carve: the pumpkin.
Make you own way of plating this Traditional and Healthy Spanish dish.
Enjoy cooking as a family! And have a terrifying day!
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