How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Any stories to share?
Continuing from Kitchen Adventures! (or Mishaps…)
Here are the vegan pie pics! To prove I’m not making this up! (yes because I’m sure people are keen to show what disasters they are in the kitchen….)
And I decided to watermark this photo in case anyone tries to steal it and pass of this wonderful pie work as their own!! Cos that’s what people do!!! You want to show off your burnt pie?? GO bake your OWN!
This is Mine!! Burnt & Proud of it!!! Actually, not really. I imagined my pie coming out a perfect brown that would be the start of glorious baking blogging. Definitely not.
In any case, the pie was delicious! I made a vegan pie with 2 punnets of fresh blueberries! I hate commercial over-sugary fillings. If I bake something, I’ll do everything from scratch! The dough and filling here are all 100% home made =)
Sorry the pics are late. I know it feels like Thanksgiving was last month already! Er, I think I got put to sleep by the food!
Recipe if you want to try your hand and hope yours comes out better than mine =)
Vegan Blueberry Pie
Sift flour into large bowl. Add sugar, and salt. Blend flour, sugar, salt. Slowly pour olive oil and mix with dry ingredients until a lump forms. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and knead into dough till dough still holds but is not dry. If you knead it and cracks appear, add more water. Divide dough into 2 balls. Flatten into disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. The dough should rise/expand slightly.
Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.
When making the pie, let the dough cool down and soften slightly before rolling out.
Making the Pie: (Don’t worry about the filling, it’ll bake together)
Preheat oven to 425F for 30 mins.
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 10 – 11 inch round. Transfer to 9-inch pie dish. Trim dough overhang to 1/2 inch.
Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Place pie on rimmed baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes till slightly brown. Take out of oven
Pour blueberries on crust base, sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon sugar all over blueberries.
Put in to bake with a foil sheet lightly covering the pie or cover the edges with foil collar. Bake till blueberries soften. Approximately 30-45 minutes.
Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 11-inch round.
Fold bottom crust up over ends of strips and crimp edges to seal.
Bake till golden brown. Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Take out and let cool before serving.
Update: theBalm is doing a 40% off Cyber Monday Sale. 26 – 27 Nov. Code: CYBERMONDAY
Domestic shipping is $6.50 but international shipping is $40.
It looks like theBalm isn’t going to do a 40% Black Friday sale this year =(
But, Hautelook will be doing a sale for theBalm products that starts on Thanksgiving 8am PST/11am EST.
You can sign up and log on to the sale here.
theBalm sale is now live and items are at least 50% off!!! Including the Nude’Tude and Bon Jovi Palette!! Go GRAB yours before they sell out!!
There will also be a Tarte sale on Hautelook next thursday starting 1pm PST / 4pm EST.
Along with Thanksgiving comes Sparkalicious Kitchen Madness over here.
Like Kitchen Stadium in Iron Chef except A LOT more chaotic and totally homey.
So far here’s what went down in Sparkalicious Kitchen Madness:
Revelation: I may have found my blogging niche … unintended disasters and tragedies in the kitchen…. What do you think?
(To be continued….)
Continued… Pics & Proof
I ‘ve been looking forward to it for months. It’s the one time I make it a point to bake from scratch with fresh fruits and ingredients.
I’ll post pictures once they are done. But I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday, stay safe, be well and ENJOY!!!
For this holiday week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to remind all of you of the importance of enjoying Thanksgiving, being merry, having a feast and keeping in good health.
Which brings me to this very important reminder that red wine, white wine, and all hard liquors are good for your health. –wink– (*when taken in moderation, provided you do not have a messy history with alcohol or addictions)
The doctor tells it himself…. So have a great thanksgiving with a few drinks!* I’m counting down!!!
“While red wine has a (well-deserved) health halo, the truth is that other forms of alcohol, including white wine and liquor, are also associated with a lower riskhttps://sparkaliciouswit.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php of heart disease, Davis says: “Scientists haven’t shown that drinking red wine is better than other forms of alcohol in these long term cohort studies.”
But remember you can only reap those benefits in moderation — that means no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two for men. Beyond that, the risks outweigh any benefits.”
You wanna read more? Go here (it’s not terribly exciting but just in case you thought I made that up…)
note: uh oh. crap. I realized the doctor is a phd doctor journalist. vs. a medical doctor…. I’m working on finding supporting evidence… in the meanwhile, just leave that point out when you repeat the quote to whoever it is you’re trying to convince….
We’re 11 days away to thanksgiving! Excited?
It’s an American traditional holiday for family and close friends to get together and give thanks over a huge meal that traditionally involves Turkey, Sweet Potatoe, Pumpkin and Pie (possibly together as pumpkin pie).
I just think it’s a good time to be thankful for what we have (rather than moan about the things we do not have) and I usually take this time to thank my friends who have been there for me. Friendship is very dear to me, especially friends who are there for me through the tough times.
If not, it’s just a great reason to EAT! =)
It’s a small affair so I try to keep it simple. I couldn’t get to thanksgiving last year due to a family emergency but this year I’m planning on cooking it. I’ve been pondering on my Thanksgiving menu.
I’m thinking of Cheese Puffs for appetizers (not very traditional but I’ve been craving them!). I first had these at Eleven Madison in NYC years ago. They are deliciously cheesy and light and the trick is to serve them hot. My friends and I had so many of them and they were just delicious! I’m still trying to think of sides but there will definitely be pie! Pie — from scratch! Crust, filling and everything! It’ll be a berry pie — my favorite! As much as I love apple, pecan, pumpkin and most other pies, berry pies are my favorite by far.
Any great easy to make tasty ideas for sides? What are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving?