Thanksgiving Favourites

Thanksgiving has always been my favourite holiday!  Not only is there fabulous food and plenty of it, but more importantly Thanksgiving isn’t about things, it is about people and being thankful for the friends and family that make life special.  Even all the way in Australia I celebrate in every way I can whether in the form of dinner parties, quiet family meals and/or morning tea with coworkers and friend.

Here are a few of my favourite Thanksgiving treats (so far):


Pumpkin Waffles


Buttermilk BiscuitsPopovers


Vichy Carrots

Non-Pumpkin Dessert:

Deconstructed Apple PieSliced Honey-Apple Cake

Pumpkin Dessert:

Pumpkin Pie

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Chocolate Covered Ginger – The Perfect Mother’s Day Treat

There are many beautiful things which can be purchased online or from your local shopping centre, nothing however,  can compare to the homemade present.  Whether you’re looking for a treat for your mother, grandmother or another fabulous lady in your life why not spend a few minutes in the kitchen and create a treat that really says I Love You?

Chocolate Covered Ginger

  • 1 Bag (250g) Crystalised Ginger
  • 150g Good Quality Eating Chocolate (I used 100g Green & Black Organic 70% Dark Chocolate and 50g Green & Black Organic Milk Chocolate)
  • Raw Sugar to sprinkle
  • Carefully melt chocolate.  I know a microwave is quicker, however, I still prefer the control and gentle heat that can be produced using a double boiler on the stove
  • Coat ginger
  • Allow to harden for a couple minutes and sprinkle with raw sugar
  • Allow to continue hardening at room temperature
  • Package up beautifully and give to that very lovely lady in your life


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Cinco de Mayo – Not What You Might Expect

Whilst people seem to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in ever increasing numbers, few actually know what the day is all about.  Many people wrongly believe that the 5th of May is a day of celebration of independence from Spain, this however is not the case.

The events of that fateful 5th of May occurred over 50 years after Mexico achieved independence from their Spanish conquerors.  Cinco de Mayo in fact is the celebration of the Mexican victory over another European power, France.

With the Mexican-American war severely reducing the working capital of the country Mexico sought  to borrow from other countries.  Their debts, however, were greater than their ability to repay (does this sound familiar?  Greece anyone?).  When the powers of Europe came to collect Mexico attempted appeasement, but France did not take this well.  France invaded Mexico later that year in 1862.

The 5th of May 1862 is celebrated because it marks a significant battle between the army of Napoleon III and a much smaller and less equipped group of Mexican soldiers near the town of Puebla.  Against the odds, the Mexican soldiers defeated the French and protected the independence of the town.  Cinco de Mayo celebrates the bravery of those men and the ideals that they fought so gallantly for.

With this history lesson in mind, why not enjoy a Mexican inspired feast this Cinco de Mayo, just make sure you know why you’re celebrating?

Here are a few of my Mexican inspired adventures:

Uncooked Refried Bean Patties

Super Speedy Bean DipZucchini and Mushroom Burrito 2

For more information on Cinco de Mayo check out a great article (the reference used in this post) and one of my favourite podcasts/websites How Stuff Works


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