Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Not exactly a big holiday here in the UK, I actually have to work tomorrow! Horrifying! I paid homage to my homeland today though by staging my own Canadian Thanksgiving. Of course it was a veg meal but I think the visitors enjoyed their meal. Of course I made the family pumpkin pie recipe. I also tried 4 new recipes, which of course you aren’t supposed to do for company but it was John’s parents so I didn’t think they’d mind. I made a baby beet root tarte tatin and squash pots with a creamy leek filling (this was the show stopping piece) from Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall’s cookbook Veg. From our new family favourite Vegetarian Canadian Living book, I made a fennel, celery, apple and red grade salad with poppy seed dressing. Finally, from vegetarian guru Molly Katzen’s Vegetables I can’t live without, I made green beans almandine (basically just almonds roasted in butter and garlic and added to cooked beans). It was all a massive hit if I do say so myself!!! The beet tarte was especially tasty.

I had to make the pie first with my special pie apron!…

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Then the all day cookfest began…

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Aren’t leeks pretty!

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A tarte tatin is cooked upside down and I was able to use my cute pumpkin covered plate to serve…

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Before the carnage…

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And of course the aftermath and my clean up fairy…

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I hope everyone has a great holiday, spent with family and friends.