Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Modest Feast

Our modest feast, at our humble table: Turkey that I had basted with a butter/lemon/garlic/basil mixture; Cranberry sauce (just water, sugar, and cranberries); Garlic mashed potatoes (with some grated potato skins included); Sweet potato steak fries; Romaine with basil sprigs.

I had an inspiration as we were preparing the pie after supper. I had originally planned to make a pear/blueberry pie, and had even bought a little over-priced out-of-season container of berries. Then, as I was looking at the big bowl of pear slices, I decided to skip the blueberries, and instead, I added two scoops of the cranberry sauce leftover from dinner. I also added some lemon zest and some candied ginger bits. This was possibly the best pie ever! And what a flaky crust!

The 6yo really wanted to make a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin and have it look exactly like Snoopy's does in the Charlie Brown movie. When I couldn't find a sugar pumpkin this week, she still wanted to make a pumpkin pie using canned pumpkin. This is the standard pumpkin pie, except that my quarter cup measure was out on the table with flour in it left over from when I was rolling crusts, so when I reached in the drawer to grab the smallest measuring cup to measure three scoops of sugar, I actually grabbed the one third cup. Instead of three quarter cups of sugar, this pie has one cup of sugar. Yeah, it's a little too sweet. We thought we might try it with a scoop of greek yogurt tomorrow instead of whipped cream.

I am grateful for this delicious food, for my family, and for the strange cyber-family I have found here.

Peace to you and yours.

8 comments:

Sandra said...

wow, what a yummy feast.. thanks for sharing. Kids are fun to have in the kitchen.

Ali said...

Looks delicious! Hope you all enjoyed your "modest" feast. :)

(two pies - luxury!)

charley said...

how can pie be too sweet?

Dia said...

How delightful! I love your photos & 'recipies' - you cook like I do!
I was at my son's, his wife had cooked EVERYTHING this year (she wanted to!) & I add cranberry sauce to my apple pie - & whipped cream :) Yum!!
I like the idea of basil on the turkey.
I have a chicken from the farmers' Mkt in my freezer that I plan to thaw for this weekend - worst part of eating elsewhere - no left overs!!

chest of drawers said...

It all sounds delicious!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Wonderful feast of colours, tastes and smells.

racymind said...

Oh my, that pie looks yummmmmy...

Southern Beale said...

Are there any leftovers? I'll be right over...