Have you seen Shrek? Of course you have. There’s a scene in the last movie where Fiona and Shrek have little ogrelets, and once the wee monsters are sleeping, Shrek looks to Fiona all seductively and says something along the lines of “I know what time it is. ;D ;D ;D” and which point she is all “;D” but then they both just absolutely pass. out.
Well, that is a little bit like how R and I are feeling about Thanksgiving this year. He is in the throes of finishing up phase I of his Master’s of Engineering degree, and I am in the middle of cramming for my Chinese midterms, finishing up my application for grad school, and coordinating my immersion program in China this upcoming summer. When the question about what we were doing for Thanksgiving came up, we enthusiastically agreed to just enjoy our first weekend “off” together since August.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to forego our first Thanksgiving together, though! I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find some tasty-yet-easy recipes in keeping with the holiday theme. While there is a 50-50 chance that we will just end up popping down the street for dumplings, I’d like to think that my inner Martha will be up to making some of these treats. Stuffed butternut squash? Sage cornbread? Yes please.
- Stuffed Butternut Squash from VegKitchen
- Crispy Sage Potatoes from Donna Hay
- Skillet Cornbread from Bon Appetit
- Pumpkin Pie Caramel Apples from Chocoley (!!!)
I used to hate caramel apples, but our building was giving them out on Halloween, and I’m officially obsessed. (We may or may not have trick-or-treated more than our fair share, but there definitely aren’t any children in the building so I don’t feel all that bad ^~)
Every week R. and I go to my favourite local bakery, and we always — always — get croissants.
Flour Bakery croissants are the pastries of legend: crispy sweet on the outside, slightly stretchy and buttery on the inside, and perfect when dipped into a rich, milky latté. They are so coveted that you need to phone in advance to reserve one on the weekends, because there simply isn’t a hope of being able to walk in and snag one of the heavenly pastries on a Sunday morning. Croissants are a serious business, cheries.
I am studying holistic nutrition, so of course my friends are horrified and amused by this out-of-character pastry obsession. Health foods these are not, but from a holistic perspective, let me tell you that the delight and anticipation I feel each week for my buttery treat is just as healthy as a big bowlful of kale ^~ Balance, right?
I picked up a copy of Joanne Chang’s cookbook, which includes her croissant recipe, and I’ll be taking it with me to the cottage later this month. Here’s hoping I can turn our lakeside retreat into a Parisian café!