It’s Thanksgiving weekend up here in Canada, and tonight we’ve got the in-laws coming over for a cozy turkey dinner for four, which means today is basically just a frantic flurry of preparations – brining the turkey, baking pumpkin-spice challah rolls, prepping the stuffing, and a few other fixings. Food coma is sure to ensue.
For those of you who are also celebrating this weekend, may your turkeys be juicy, may your mash be fluffy, and may your dinner conversation be scintillating! For the rest of you, here are a few things to keep you busy while the rest of us are gobbling down some turkey:
1. In case you weren’t following on Instagram, I was at the Chatelaine head offices on Monday night when Jamie Oliver dropped in for a quick Q&A. Yes, that Jamie Oliver. Yes, he’s much taller in person. And yes, I really was standing that close.
Jamie chatted with food editor Claire Tansey about the challenges of feeding picky kids (including his own), his new partnership with Canadian grocer Sobey’s to help Canadians eat better, the flavours and cuisines that he’s really excited about right now, and his new cookbook of cheap and delicious recipes designed to teach everyone how to eat well on a budget. Talk about starting off the week on a high note!
2. In other news, I’ve joined the team over at Eat North, where I’ll be sharing delicious seasonal recipes once a month. For my maiden voyage, I’m sharing a recipe for fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes that you’ve just gotta make. (There’s no such thing as too much pumpkin spice at this time of year.)
3. And because there’s no such thing as too much pumpkin spice anything at this time of year, feast your eyes on this gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake from White on Rice Couple. Droooool.
4. I always do a little dance of joy when I notice a new post on fellow Canuck (and uber-talented photographer) Mike’s blog, Verses from my Kitchen. I’ve already bookmarked his latest installment is a dreamy Classic Mac and Cheese that partners cheddar, Parmesan and Gruyere for maximum cheese.
5. Also dreamy? This Carrot Cake Dessert Bread from Try Anything Once. I’ve always said that if I had to choose between bread and cake, I’ll always go with bread… mostly because soft, sweet, rich loaves like this one are just as good (if not better) than any cake out there.
6. If you find yourself sorely lacking in absurdity, I’ve got your fix: Brides Throwing Cats. I can’t figure out why it’s funny. It just is.
7. It’s getting colder with every passing day, which means knitting season is upon us. I’ve just cast on a baby blanket for my new nephew, who’s due to make his appearance in just a couple of months… fingers crossed I’ll have it done on time! (Yes, I’m a very slow knitter)
And on that note, I’m off to go cook some more. Happy turkey day to you, Canadia! :)