Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thanksgiving Dinner Roundup

Well, the meal is over, the kitchen's clean and my belly is bursting.  Thanksgiving was a success!  Here's our meal in review!

We began the meal with a bowl of blended carrot spice soup.  A simple soup full of fall flavours was a great way to start the meal.

Carrot Spice Soup
Then came the main course: lamb stew & turkey pie with a gluten free pie crust provided the meat portion of the meal.  Before going gluten free, I would make this pie with a puff pastry crust.  I did find a recipe, but it looks like it needs some practice.  Instead, I bought a GF pie crust mix and made the crust myself.  I'll write a review of the mix later this week.

Turkey pie, with a gluten free pie crust
 The pie is traditionally a way to use up leftover meat, but this time I made it with white meat only since I didn't cook a whole turkey.  The recipe calls for leeks, and I was able to use a few leeks from my garden and the rest from the weekly local produce delivery I receive. It's served with gravy made from the drippings during cooking and thickened with GF flour

The meat was accompanied by a variety of sides: Cranberry and Applesauce
Homemade cranberry sauce

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins (made from Bob's Red Mill Cornbread Mix)

Cornbread Muffins

Deep Fried Stuffed Olives with Goat Cheese Filling and a GF Breadcrumb Crust.  My photo-taking ability doesn't do these babies justice.  My sister modified a recipe to make them suitable for my son, and they were delicious.  Good enough to just eat on their own with a glass of wine...

Deep Fried Olives

We also had mashed potatoes, quinoa pilaf, cauliflower and a green salad on the side.  I was too distracted by the olives to remember to take pictures of them.

For dessert, we had apple crumble, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cupcakes with a gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free whipped topping.  I'm going to write a review for this product as well in the days to come, but let's just say that EVERYONE loved it!

Whipped Topping.  YUM!!!!

Cupcakes with Pumpkin Icing

My mom made these.  She added some pumpkin puree to her icing recipe and the kids loved them.

My son, who took not one, but two cupcakes for himself

Everyone was so full, that we spent quite a bit of time just relaxing after the dishes had been cleared.

The men.  Working hard.

The weather was summer-like, so we took the kids outside and enjoyed a warm, sunny afternoon in the backyard.  Who could ask for a better way to spend a Thanksgiving Sunday? 

Just a reminder, the menu plan will be posted tomorrow instead of today due to the holiday here in Canada. 

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