October 15, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013 Recap


As many of you know (especially if you read my post on Friday), this past weekend was our Thanksgiving holiday here in Canada. We lucked out with beautiful weather, and combined with lots of good food and time spent with family and friends, it was a great weekend!

Before I get back to regular recipe posts, I wanted to share our holiday meal with you, since I liked everything so much! And for those of you who are still planning their own upcoming Thanksgiving dinners (whether you celebrate it with relatives the week after Thanskgiving, or next month for Americans), maybe you'll get an idea or two!



We started off the evening with some delicious cocktails prepared by my uncle. I don't have an actual recipe for these, but they were made with pumpkin orange juice, vanilla, bourbon, and lemon juice for the sourness. So tasty!



We tend not to have a lot of appetizers on Thanksgiving so that we don't fill up too much before the actual meal, so all we had were these mini samosas from a store in Toronto (the only part of our meal that wasn't homemade!). There was a variety of meat and veggie samosas, served with a cilantro yogurt dipping sauce - a bit non-traditional, but we all loved them anyway!



One of my contributions to the meal itself was this pear and squash salad that I posted on my blog last week. I had to make it a bit differently this time, preparing as much as I could ahead of time and cutting the squash into cubes instead of slices, so it didn't taste quite the same but it was still a nice addition to the meal! I also realized once I was already eating it that I had forgotten to add the goat cheese, which would have made a difference - oh well!



My other contribution were these roasted brussels sprouts and grapes with walnuts from Whole Living. Not everyone was willing to try this, but it was one of my favourite parts of the meal! If you like brussels sprouts, you'd love this dish, and if you've never tried roasting grapes before, I definitely recommend it!



I was super excited when I found out that my aunt was making beets as one of the side dishes because I love beets but we don't usually have them at family meals because they're not everyone's favourite vegetable...Even beet haters would have to like this rosemary-roasted beets and carrots dish from Real Simple though!



The other veggie side dish we had were these roasted fingerling potatoes that my mom made. Our usual potato dish on Thanksgiving is scalloped potatoes, but I'm not really fan of them so I was much happier with adding these simple but tasty potatoes to my plate instead!



You can't have Thanksgiving without stuffing, and luckily for me, my vegetarian sister offered to make a special vegan stuffing for us to enjoy! She used this recipe for squash, brussels sprout and apple stuffing from Choosing Raw as a guide, but left out the squash and used a beet-carrot bread from the market as the bread (which is why it looks so purple!). I loved this non-traditional twist on stuffing!



My plate was full of so many delicious veggie side dishes that I didn't miss the turkey and gravy at all! I had to limit myself to only one serving of everything so that I could save room for our homemade desserts...



Rather than having a traditional pumpkin pie, my aunt made this bourbon-caramel pumpkin tart from the cover of the the latest issue of Fine Cooking. We all loved this - the crust was perfectly flaky, the filling was nice and creamy and sweet, and I especially liked the crunchy candied pepitas on top!



In addition to the tart, we also enjoyed sticky toffee pudding that my uncle made, topped with a caramel whipped cream. Unfortunately I didn't get the recipe for this one, which is too bad because it was so good! Everyone raved about the whipped cream and most of it was eaten up even after we finished our cake!


Hope you all had a nice weekend and that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving enjoyed some delicious food too! And I promise I'll have a new recipe to share with you later this week!

8 comments:

  1. I have made that Brussels sprouts and grapes recipe and it is one of my favorites! But yes, it does sound like a weird combination. :) Everything you ate looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks! It was hard to get decent pictures of the food because I was trying to do it so quickly before we devoured everything, but it all tasted better than it looked! I liked that the brussels sprouts dish was fairly easy to throw together too - trimming the brussels was the most time consuming part, but at least I could do that ahead of time!

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  2. Everything looks so tasty - I wish I could have tried it all! I especially like the sounds of the brussels sprouts and grapes - I definitely would have tried them!

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    1. I know, we missed you at dinner this year - you would have liked everything, and it would have been nice to try one of your dishes too!

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  3. I love reading about your family holiday events, you all always come together so nicely with a boatload of amazing meatless options!

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    1. Aw, thanks! It's nice to have a supportive family who also likes to eat a lot of vegetarian meals :)

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  4. I need more information on the pumpkin vanilla bourbon sour! What is pumpkin orange juice? Did you just add pumpkin purée to regular orange juice or is this some genius thing that has become available in Canada since I left?

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    1. Sorry, I don't have all the details on the pumpkin orange juice...all I know is that it was specially made at a bar/restaurant in Toronto (where my uncle works), so it wouldn't be available for sale anywhere that I know of! I'm thinking that if you just added a bit of pumpkin puree and orange juice to your cocktail shaker instead then you would probably get similar results (I can't guarantee though ;))

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