Monday, December 1, 2008

Grateful indeed

Thanksgiving came and went in a flurry of sprouts, birds, desserts and favourite people.

Every year, when I'm tired from the shopping and first day of cooking and still have another day of frantic trussing and peeling and mashing before me, I wonder if it really was such a good idea to marry an American.

But when the food is on the table and I have a glass of red in my hand, all that's forgotten. What a great tradition, not to mention great American.

This year, the turkey was not one of my best (but piffle, right?), but the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, bacony sprouts and chestnut stuffing played their parts nicely, as did the pumpkin pie and maple syrup cheesecake.

Now we're just waiting for the Christmas repeat.

(And props to brother for the enthusiasm).

This year's best bonus: Mum, who peeled all the potatoes and really ought to just move in.


Christina said...

I'm glad you guys had such a great Thanksgiving!

Heidi said...

Nicely done. You get extra points for the maple cheesecake. I would actually like the recipe!

Also, it's really one of our main points of pride as Americans that we developed a national holiday based solely on food.

tone almhjell said...

The maple cheesecake is from Nigella Christmas, except I added some gingersnaps to the base to spice things up:

Base: 8 digestive bicuits (or substiute some with gingersnaps)
75 g pecan halves
75g soft butter

3X200g packets cream cheese at room temp (important!Leave out of fridge for two hours)
50g sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
125ml maplesyrup, plus more for drizzling
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Whizz base ingredients in food processor and press into base of springform, put in fridge for a while.

Process cream cheese, sugar, cornflour and maple syrup, then add the eggs down the funnel, then lemon juice. Pour onto base, then bake at 170 degrees in a bain marie (wrap form in ovenproof clingfilm and a double layer of foil first) for about an hour 15 minutes until set, but still a little wobbly, then take out.

Wait until the next day, if you can.

Unmould and drizzle with more maple syrup. Eat. Try to stop. Heh.