Yup, up here in Canada, we celebrate our Thanksgiving early. Although this past sunday, I wasn’t quite able to cook everything I wished to as I worked that day. I was able to cook a few things.
So, on the menu was an assortment of my mom’s vegetables that are traditional to any important meal in my family-mashed potatoes, mashed turnip (although on Martha the other day I discovered that what my family calls turnip is actually rutabaga), carrots and my mom’s awesome preserved beets. While the rest of my family dined on turkey :-(, my sister and I enjoyed the vegetables, especially the mashed potatoes with Dreena’s Think ‘n’ Rich Gravy drizzled over them. The gravy is in her latest book, Eat, Drink & be Vegan and it was delicious! Best gravy I’ve ever had. My sister is all set to make a vegetarian Poutine with it and I must say, I’m interested in attempting a vegan version. I made this gravy in a rush as soon as I got home from work and managed to get gravy all over my book. My book does smell rather good now, though.
I’m always (if anyone else tried to take this role from me, I’d probably get very upset) in charge of dessert and this year I made pumpkin pie (my mom’s favourite ever) and my first attempt at an apple pie. I used Bryanna’s Pumpkin Pie which I always use because it’s like the most perfect pumpkin pie ever. As I said, it has my mom’s approval. I used this pie crust recipe, it’s so easy and turns out wonderfully flaky.
Ok, speaking of pie crusts…I have the worst luck when it comes to pie crusts, particullary the rolling out of the dough. So, for the apple pie, I decided to try, once again, a new recipe that hopefully would not fail me. I veganized a Martha Stewart recipe using EB shortening and well…it failed. It was the most finicky crust ever! I was so frustrated and my mom eventually had to help me and between the two of us we managed to get into the freaking pie plate. It seemed to be baking beautifully in the oven, but after I took it out of the oven, it just collapsed! What the hell?! Pies can collapse?? Anyway, it ended up tasting delicious but I’m not going through that again. I need your help! Recommend me a never fail roll-out pie crust! I will conquer pies by Christmas.
So that was my Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! (And, Americans, I look foward to seeing what you’ll be cooking up this November!)