This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery

There’s hardly anywhere more fitting to celebrate the Day of the Deads than their very own playground.

Some think cemeteries are hallowed, other belive them to be haunted. But one thing is sure: they are absolutely beautiful this time of the year.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Abney Park in Stoke Newington, is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London.

Laid out in the early 18th centuries, it’s now partially abandoned but still truly majestic.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Rows of humble moss-covered tomstones quickly leave ground to more impressive constructions.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Drapped fabric and angelic faces…

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

… Columns topped with amphoras.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Angels protecting the loved ones.

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And some truly magnificent edifices.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

A little abandoned chapel hides amongst the ivy-covered stones.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Ivy is slowly taking possession of the old building.

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Stained glass windows have been gone for a while, leaving nothing behind but delicate lace-like metal frames.

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Only the vibrant colours of Autumn rival the chapel’s beauty.

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Going deeper into smaller alleys, the leaves and the light turn to the most vibrant shades of green.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Elegant angels guard the premises.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

At the corner of a path, a fallen statue seems to be sleeping amongst the leaves and remind passers-by of Shakespeare’s Ophelia.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Engraved ivy meets its chlorophyll cousin.

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Here and there, the light hits the faces of cherub-like statues, making for the most striking of views.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

And when you think you’ve seen everything Abney Park Cemetery has to offer, new details always seem to appear.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

The spirit of Halloween seemed to have spread to Stoke Newington‘s streets.

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In every window, beheaded skulls and potion bottles look like they stepped straight out of a  storybook.

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Owls invaded the walls and spiders the flower bouquets.

This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London

Steve Almond was right when he said that “Nothing on Earth [was] so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”

Especially when it includes some of those deliciously spooky cupcakes!

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This was Halloween | Abney Park Cemetery

Plum crumble with hazelnuts

Alright. I had my very first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. Which means it’s officially Autumn (yes, this IS the scientific way to date the beginning of Autumn, didn’t you know?) ??

Which of course means Autumn-ey cakes (because obviously). With a liberal sprinkle of cinnamon in all of them (re-obviously).

Plum & Hazelnut Crumble | Cake + Whisky

 

And my Sunday (Cake Day!) Plum crumble with hazelnuts was no exception!

Plum & Hazelnut Crumble | Cake + Whisky

Ingredients (serves 4): 400-450g red plums, 25g honey, 15mL lemon juice, 30g flour, 20g sugar, 10g butter, sprinkle of cinnamon, 40g hazelnuts

1. Put your hazelnuts in a mortar and crush them until you get small-ish pieces (it doesn’t have to be super fine as this is a rather rustic recipe)

2. Combine the flour, sugar and butter together in a bowl (you should get a rather fine, sand-like crumble dough). Mix in the cinnamon and the hazelnuts.

3. Cut your plums in 8 and put them in ramequins (or a bigger dish). Add the honey and lemon juice on top.

4. Top with the crumble and bake for about 30 min at 180°C.

Plum & Hazelnut Crumble | Cake + Whisky

I highly recommend you eat them still warm (and maybe with a cheeky scoop or two of vanilla ice cream?).

What’s your go-to Autumn recipe? 

 

Plum crumble with hazelnuts