All posts tagged: halloween

Happy Hallaoween: Lao Pumpkin Spice Edition

Happy HalLAOween! The first snow has hit and so in between getting dressed up as your favorite scary phi and other costumes for Halloween, it sounds like as good a time as any to share the latest delight (or horror) from the Little Laos on the Prairie kitchen! This year, we’re demonstrating that orange things don’t have to be scary! Pumpkin spice for your lattes and chai is all of the rage as it makes its way back for the season, but we know Lao can do it way better! (Without adding real pumpkin to it, like some people demanded a few years back. #PeopleUnclearOnTheConcept) Fortunately, this one is super easy to make in as little as 5 minutes.You’ll need ground cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. You can experiment to taste, but we found approximately that the ratio should be approximately: 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1.5 teaspoons ground all spice 1.5 teaspoons ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground lemongrass The lemongrass will be particularly overpowering if …

Hallaoween Style 2015!

Halloween is awesome, but it can be tough figuring out an original costume that really brings the scary. Especially one that involves traditional Lao ghosts and monsters. Little Laos On the Prairie’s resident horror expert, Bryan Thao Worra, is one of the first Lao writers to become a professional member of the international Horror Writer’s Association, so it seemed fitting to ask him for ideas. In years past, he discussed some classic phi for consideration, but here are some other great ideas you can try, esepecially if you’re in a time crunch: Put Lao folks in a room long enough under the right conditions, and pretty soon they’ll start to tell ghost stories or tales of the weird, and the unexplainable. Our community has a particular taste for stories of horror and the macabre that goes well with Halloween celebrations, although few of our ghost stories are written down, traditionally. You’ll have to ask your parents and elders for the REALLY scary ones. In the US, there aren’t a lot of costumes for Lao that incorporate …