Last year I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time ever with my high school friends in Wellington. Sadly, most of them have moved to Australia (why does everyone always move to Australia?!) so this year I decided just to have a small gathering and celebrate it anyway.
Though I didn't do much in the way of 'traditional' Thanksgiving food, just a roast chicken with roast veges and salads, I did make a pumpkin pie! To be honest, that was the only reason I wanted to celebrate!
|I always thought pumpkin in a tin was so unnatural, but then I realised |
it is just pumpkin puree and it tastes just like pumpkin puree!
Just a warning to those of you who have never made a pumpkin pie before. Do your research beforehand. You see, pumpkins are like $6 a kilo in New Zealand at the moment for some reason so I thought I'd take the easy way out (and try out what the Americans eat) so I popped over to Martha's Backyard (an American shop) and grabbed a tin of pumpkin puree for a whopping $6! There were pie bases there too but they were $6.50! I just couldn't bring myself to pay so much for a little pie so I went home and decided to make the base from scratch. Then, I looked at the recipe. Turns out I probably should have done the whole thing the day before it was to be eaten. My bad. It took a lot longer than I had planned to get the base and pie cooked and ready and that was in addition to the amount of study I needed to have finished and the rest of the food prepared all by 6pm!
|My ugly pumpkin pie doesn't look like Martha Stewart's one!|
So after tears, anger, frustration, finishing some study and giving in to stupid pastry problems, the pumpkin pie was finished. I don't claim to be a pastry goddess by any means, but this pastry was a MESS! I tried to make the edges fancy which resulted in a retarded crust that didn't even go up the sides in some places! (I know you can see it, I can't stop looking at it!)
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. So it was. It was yum. Most of the people I had invited had never tried pumpkin pie and they all agreed it tasted good, though the texture was a bit funny and there was a bit too much crust going on. Martha Stewart (whose recipe I used) said to eat it chilled the next day but I think I preferred it was room temperature the day it was made. Each to their own I guess!
Thanksgiving got me thinking of things I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for all the wonderful blessings God has given me, like my husband, my cat, my family and friends, a roof over my head, clothes to wear and food to eat. I'm thankful for life's luxuries like being able to bake yummy things and blog about them later and I'm thankful for you guys supporting me along the way. Giving me your feedback on recipes you've tried. Emailing me photos of cakes you've decorated. I'm thankful that 312 people think I'm cool enough to be contributing to your Facebook feed, I'm thankful that 156 people like the stuff I pin on Pinterest and that 70 people want to hear what I have to say on Twitter. Thank you so much for your support these two years, I wouldn't be blogging without you!
As a thank you gift I am having a wee giveaway. The wonderful team at The Pretty Baker have given me this adorable little gift pack including: two pink tissue fans, a pack of zebra print treat bags, some cute pink striped straws and a whole lot of sweet white sugar pearls. This fabulous giveaway is valued at $34.95 and would be perfect for a little party!
Congratulations to Ronita Sharma, I will be in contact shortly.
If you would like to get in the draw, please leave a comment below stating what you are thankful for this year. Please include your name and email address.
Good luck! The winner will be picked at random using the randompicker.com generator and notified on Facebook on 7th of December 2012. Entries only open to New Zealand residents.