A Thanksgiving Party

Last night I went to a wonderful Thanksgiving party, hosted by Sally and Troy.

Troy is American and so he does not miss out on probably the biggest celebration of the year back home, Sally throws a Thanksgiving party every year.  So all their friends like Thanksgiving too 🙂 .  Their daughters, Alex and Holly, were superstars, serving food and drinks, more food and lots more drinks!

All the guests at the party were asked to write down, anonymously, something they are thankful for.  Holly then read them all out.  It is a lovely custom to think about something for which we are thankful and to share it with others, many of whom are strangers, but many of the themes are common ground amongst us.

Sally and I were at school together so we have known each other practically for ever 🙂 .  Consequently there were other people at the party who I have known for most of my life too and it is always good to see them.  Michelle was there, sporting a new hairdo which looked lovely. Mwah!

It was a lovely party and this morning, when I woke up with a clear head, I was pleased I had driven and so went to bed sober.

I decided to try something a bit radical for breakfast, because despite being sober, it was a late night and I felt tired.  Oh She Glows makes a green smoothie called a “Green Monster” which even has its own website devoted to it!  I decided to try one to give myself a nutrient boost.  I picked a handful of green leaves from the garden.

And added them to 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 small bananas, 1 tbsp Clementine Cashew Nut Butter and 3 ice cubes in the blender.  I blitzed until it was as smooth as possible.  This is not my most favourite smoothie ever, but it actually tasted better then I expected and was really quite pleasant.

Today was perfect walking weather so we all headed to the forest for a long walk.  We went to a part of the forest we had not been to before.

Lots of new bridges and streams to run along and jump over,

new paths to try and routes to choose,

and new views to discover.

Lots of the Fly Agaric.  So hard to believe something so pretty is so poisonous.  They look like little cakes covered in sugar to me !

We managed to get lost and walked for an hour and a half but it was such a beautiful day none of us minded.  I was hungry when we got back though so I cut up an apple and spread some with chocolate and hemp seed butter and some with hazelnut butter.  I also had 21 g of Stilton.

For supper tonight we had a gammon, boiled with lots of vegetables with a sweet potato crumble on the side.  I had seen this recipe on Oh She Glows last week and had been waiting for an opportunity to make it.  I thought a sweet vegetable dish would go well with boiled gammon.  I adapted the recipe to cope with the smaller quantity of sweet potatoes I had.  I also reduced the sugar as American sweet vegetable recipes are usually much too sweet for me.

Sweet potato Crumble

3 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Topping:
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.
Butter a casserole dish.
Peel and cut the sweet potato in to chunks and boil until soft (15 – 20 mins).
Mash with the butter, vanilla, maple syrup, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Put the mashed potato in the casserole dish.
Mix the topping ingredients together in  bowl and spread over the potato.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

Dinner was delicious.  The gammon was moist and full of flavour and the sweet potato crumble went with it perfectly.  The flavours of the 2 dishes really complemented each other.  The gammon was cooked in cider with cloves and that really went well with the cinnamon and nutmeg in the sweet potato.

The crumble topping was slightly chewy and crunchy and the potato was soft and smooth.  Really delicious and one to make again.

Something else to be thankful for.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to A Thanksgiving Party

  1. Abi Ellson says:

    Love gammon, rarely cook it though. ADORE Michelle the minx and her new look – very gorgeous darling. Sally you look as though you have only just slipped out of your Sutton High uniform – how did you get to stay so young? 🙂 xx

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